Adam Greenlee is one of the most extensive landowners in English River township, holding title to over thirteen
hundred acres, and his activities are a force in the agricultural development of the county. Born in Greene county,
Pennsylvania, his natal day was the 27th of March, 1850, and his parents were G. M. and Lucinda (Bottomfield) Greenlee,
both likewise natives of the Keystone state. In 1854 they made their way westward and located upon a farm in Keokuk
county, Iowa, where the father entered land from the government and erected a log house, which remained the family
residence for many years. Both he and his wife are deceased. Their four living children are: Mary J., now Mrs.
G. W. King, of Cedar Rapids; Ellen, who married K. Woodman; Adam; and J. A., of Chicago.
Adam Greenlee gave his father the benefit of his work until he was twenty two years of age and then purchased eighty
acres of land in Keokuk county, where he continued to reside for a number of years. Upon leaving that place he
removed to a farm which he had previously purchased and its operation demanded much of his time and energy until
1901. As he was not only industrious but also planned his work with care and carried out his plans promptly, he
received a good profit from his labors and his capital increased steadily. Believing firmly in the desirability
of real estate as an investment, he bought additional land from time to time, accumulating thirteen hundred acres.
He has manifested considerable administrative ability in overseeing and directing the operation of his farms and
he has managed his business interests capably. He has given particular attention to raising and dealing in stock
and is one of the heavy shippers of this county. In 1901 he removed to North English and has since enjoyed a life
of comparative leisure, although he still looks after his extensive interests.
In 1875 occurred the marriage of Mr. Greenlee and Miss Eliza J. Simmons, who was born in this county and is a daughter
of Thomas and Henrietta (Whitmore) Simmons, natives respectively of Indiana and Ohio. They were among the earliest
settlers of Iowa county, arriving here in 1850. They resided upon a farm for a number of years and then went to
Pennsylvania, where the mother passed away. The father later returned to this county and his last days were spent
here. They had two children, Mrs. Greenlee and Albert. The latter is now a resident of Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. and
Mrs. Greenlee have become the parents of five children: Thomas, who is living in Keokuk county, Iowa; Bertha, now
Mrs. W. S. Coffman; Louie, who gave her hand in marriage to William Moore; Emma, deceased; and Ruth, the wife of
W. F. Rugg.
Mr. Greenlee supports the republican party and has been school treasurer, performing his duties to the satisfaction
of all concerned. He is loyal to the best interests of the Christian church, to which he belongs, and contributes
to the furtherance of its work. He is one of the leading men of North English and has a wide acquaintance throughout
this part of the state, having resided here for sixty years. He was but a child when brought to Keokuk county by
his parents and his interests have always been thoroughly identified with those of this section, his activities
resulting in the general good as well as enabling him to win a substantial fortune.
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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