MILLARD F. STOOKEY.
For nine years, or from April 1, 1906, until April 15, 1915, Millard F. Stookey was postmaster of Leon and gave
strict attention to the duties devolving upon him. His birth occurred near Leesburg, Kosciusko county, Indiana,
April 25, 1849, and he is a son of Levi J. and Sarah J. (Clark) Stookey. The father was born in Fayette county,
Ohio, and was reared by his grandparents as he lost his mother when but a small child. Upon attaining his majority
he removed to Indiana, where he was married, but in 1855 he came with his family to Iowa, settling on a farm in
Linn county. He spent the remainder of his life there, passing away at the age of eighty seven years. Both he and
his wife belonged to the Presbyterian church and his political allegiance was given to the republican party. His
wife was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, and when a girl removed to Indiana with her parents. She is still living
at the advanced age of eighty nine years. They were the parents of eight children.
Millard F. Stookey received his early education in the district schools of Linn county and subsequently attended
the Marion high school. Later he was for two years a student at Western College in Linn county, which has since
been removed to Toledo, Iowa, and which is now known as the Leander Clark College. During his vacations Mr. Stookey
worked in a printing office and learned the trade and after putting aside his textbooks he was for two years in
a printing office at Toledo, Iowa, whence he went to Elroy, Wisconsin, where he edited a paper for two years. At
the end of that time he came to Decatur county, Iowa, locating at Leon, September 1, 1877. After serving for two
years as justice of the peace he was made clerk of the district court, which office he held for six years. At the
end of that time he became associated with his cousin, Marion F. Stookey, in the conduct of the Decatur County
Journal, our subject being the editor. The publication enjoyed a gratifying circulation and a good advertising
patronage. On the 1st of April, 1906, he became postmaster of Leon and the acceptability of his service in that
connection led to his being continued in the office until April 15, 1915, or for a little over nine years.
On the 20th of December, 1888, Mr. Stookey married Miss Jessie Forrey, a native of this place and a daughter of
Judge Samuel and Abigail Forrey. Her father, who was a native of Pennsylvania, came to this county in 1854 and
became a well known member of the bar. His preparation for the legal profession was secured by reading law with
Thaddeus Stevens, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr. Forrey soon gained a foremost position in his profession and
was elevated to the bench, serving for twelve years as judge of the district and circuit courts. He was one of
the organizers of the republican party in this county and was prominent in its councils. He became a member of
the Masonic order in Pennsylvania and after removing to Leon helped to organize the lodge here His demise was the
occasion of sincere regret as he was a valued and public spirited citizen. Mr. and Mrs. Stookey have one son, Paul
F., who in 1913 was graduated from the Chicago College of Medicine & Surgery in Chicago. He has spent two years
in hospital work, the greater part of that time being at the Wabash Railroad Hospital, at Decatur, Illinois. He
is now connected with the South Park Hospital in Chicago.
Mr. Stookey is a stanch republican and save for the time that he was postmaster he has for years taken an active
part in the work of the party and is recognized as one of its local leaders. He has served for several terms as
chairman of the republican county committee and has also been a member of the state committee. Fraternally he belongs
to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Leon. His wife is a member of the Eastern Star, the Century Club and
the P. E. O. Sisterhood. In all relations of life, whether as a private citizen or as an official, Mr. Stookey
has conformed his conduct to high standards and has manifested a commendable regard for the general welfare.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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