Biography of George W. Danskin
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George W. Danskin is now actively interested in the cultivation of a farm of nine hundred and sixty acres constituting one of the valuable properties of Iowa county. Moreover, he has been an interested witness of the development and progress of the county for many years and relates many interesting incidents of the early days. He was born July 4, 1851, at Ontario, Canada, a son of Gilmour and Janet (Barr) Danskin. Both parents were natives of Scotland and in youth crossed the Atlantic to Canada. Some years following their marriage they removed from Canada to Iowa county, arriving here in 1852. Here the father purchased a farm upon which the family still reside. They took a helpful part in the pioneer development of this section of the state, the father being one of the progressive and enterprising agriculturists of the early days.

George W. Danskin was one of two children and his sister is now deceased. He was reared with the usual experiences of the farm lad who divides his time between the work of the fields and the acquirement of a public school education. He continued to assist in the development of the farm until he attained his majority and in 1891 removed to Marengo. where he lived for about fourteen years. He was actively identified with business interests there, being connected with a brickyard and butcher shop, while he also engaged in shipping stock. His various interests were capably and successfully conducted but in the year 1904 he returned to the old home farm, upon which he now resides. It comprises nine hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land, much of which he has carefully cultivated and brought to a high state of improvement and development. In addition to tilling the soil he makes a feature of buying and feeding stock for the market and he is justly accounted one of the foremost farmers and progressive business men of the county.

On the 29th of November, 1883, Mr. Danskin wedded Miss Edith Biggar, a daughter of Thomas Biggar, then of South Dakota but now of Marengo, where he is still living at the ripe old age of seventy seven years. He is a Methodist minister, having devoted much of his life to the work of the church. His wife also survives and has now reached the age of seventy five years. To Mr. and Mrs. Danskin have been born seven children. Harry Gilmour, now living on the old homestead which has been occupied by representatives of four generations, married Emma McKusker and they have one child, Frank. Fred, who was born January 22, 1891, died at the age of twenty years. Ralph was born September 22, 1893. Frank, born November 5, 1895, died in infancy. Carl, born January 28, 1898, is also upon the home farm. Robert was born September 18, 1900. One died in infancy unnamed.

The parents are members of the Methodist church and are people of the highest respectability and worth. Mr. Danskin is a progressive in politics, being allied with the forward movement which is seeking to take politics out of the hands of a machine rule and make the ballot the expression of an untrammeled public opinion that will neither favor nor abuse the rights or privileges of any individual but will express absolute justice. A resident of the county for sixty three years, Mr. Danskin has seen the greater part of its development and progress. He remembers when the Rock Island Railroad was built and also remembers the mail coaches of the early days which traveled over the old state road. He also recollects seeing Texas cattle pass the house, being driven to market in Chicago. During the period of his early boyhood Iowa county was but sparsely settled and gave little indication of the progress and prosperity to which it would attain. He has noted the steps by which advancement has been made and has borne an active part in promoting its interests through his business activities both in town and country. He is today one of the leading farmers of Iowa county, with extensive holdings, and his intelligent management of his business affairs is bringing to him well merited success.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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