H. E. Goldthwaite, who is living retired in Marengo, was born in Massachusetts on the 18th of August, 1845,
a son of George and Lucy M. (Miller) Goldthwaite, likewise natives of the Bay state, whence they emigrated to this
county in 1862. Both have passed away.
H. E. Goldthwaite is the only one now living of a family of three children. He was educated in the common schools
and in the Bolton Academy, of which he is an alumnus. He remained under the parental roof until he was of age and
in early manhood taught school for several years. However, in 1867 he was made deputy recorder and in the following
year was appointed recorder, which office he held for two years. He was then engaged in the dry goods and clothing
business for twenty five years. In 1899 he was again called to a position of trust and honor, being elected county
treasurer, and his excellent record in that connection won him reelection. Prior to his service as county treasurer
he was appointed government surveyor of Alaska and was for a year in that northern dominion of the United States.
In all of his official service he has proved capable and conscientious and his record has at all times been satisfactory
to those concerned and creditable to himself. He has accumulated a competence and is spending the evening of his
life in honorable retirement.
Mr. Goldthwaite was married in 1869 to Miss Sarah Gardner, who was born in Ohio of the marriage of John L. and
Sarah Gardner. The mother died in the Buckeye state, and later the father became a resident of Iowa and operated
the first flour mill in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Goldthwaite have seven children: Leila, at home; Mary, who is
teaching school; Frank W., assistant cashier of the First National Bank; E. H., a resident of Fort Worth, Texas;
Howard B., also residing at that place; Byron, an attorney of Marengo, who is also county and city engineer; and
D. W., who is engaged in the lumber business in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Mr. Goldthwaite is a republican and has voted the ticket of that party since age conferred upon him the right of
franchise. He and his wife are both members of the Presbyterian church. Fraternally he is affiliated with Lodge
No. 172, A. F. & A. M., and has also taken the chapter degrees. He is the next to the oldest member of the
lodge and was for nine years secretary of that body. He has conformed his conduct to high moral standards and has
the unqualified respect of his fellow citizens.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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