Hugh Harrington, secretary and business manager of the Home Lumber Company of North English; holds an important
position in a concern which owns nine lumber yards and is one of the important companies of this section of the
state. He was born in York township, this county, on the 25th of October, 1874, of the marriage of Frank O. and
Sarah (Groves) Harrington, the former a native of western New York and the latter of Jefferson county, Pennsylvania.
Both came to this state as children with their respective parents, who located on adjoining farms in York township.
The parents of the father, however, resided for some time in Johnson county and for one year in Jones county before
taking up their permanent residence in Iowa county. After the marriage of the parents of our subject they located
upon a farm in York township, where the father is still residing. The mother passed away in June, 1911.
During the forty five years that he has lived upon the homestead Frank O. Harrington has given much of his attention
to horticulture and is one of the best known fruit growers in this section of the state. He has about sixty acres
of land set to fruit, principally apples and persimmons, being the largest grower of the latter fruit in the state.
A branch experimental station of the State Agricultural College at Ames is located upon his farm and he is its
superintendent. His standing in horticultural circles in this state is further indicated by the fact that he is
treasurer of the Iowa State Horticultural Society. When his father, Orson Harrington, first came to Iowa he rode
horseback through the state and then into Nebraska, looking for a favorable location, but found no locality better
suited to his purpose than this county and accordingly returned and staked out his claim in York township. The
family has been widely and favorably known in the county since that early day.
Hugh Harrington was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education by attending the district schools
and by study in the Williams and Benton Business College of Iowa City. Although his general education was limited,
he has remedied that deficiency by constant and well chosen reading and has acquired a broad knowledge of current
events, and through his extensive business connections has kept informed as to conditions in the commercial and
industrial world. He was associated with his father in horticultural work until his twenty fourth year, but in
1898 he assumed charge of the nursery business in Williamsburg which his father had established some twenty five
years previously. Mr. Harrington of this review operated that nursery upon his own account for six and a half years,
after which he sold his interest therein. In September, 1914, he became a resident of North English and assumed
the management of the Home Lumber Company, which then operated three yards and had a capital stock of twenty five
thousand dollars. Since he became manager of the concern the business has grown remarkably and the company now
owns nine yards and has a capital stock of two hundred thousand dollars. The office of the concern at North English
is one of the best equipped lumber offices in the state and has all of the latest labor saving machines and devices.
It is provided with a dictaphone, a writer press and the Burroughs adding machine, and the work of the office is
thoroughly systematized. The trade letters of the company which are sent to their thousands of customers and prospective
customers are written by Mr. Harrington and are a large factor in securing business. He understands thoroughly
the best way to appeal to a prospective customer and the letters are remarkable in that they are so phrased as
to avoid stereotyped forms and to attract and hold the attention of the men who receive them.
In 1902 Miss Winifred Sheetz, of Williamsburg, Iowa, became the wife of Mr. Harrington and they have three sons,
Dean Leroy, Donald and Russell W. Mr. Harrington is independent in the casting of his ballot and has served as
a member of the town board. He is well known in local Masonic circles, belonging to Triumph Lodge, No. 479, A.
F. & A. M., of North English; Troy Chapter, No. 117, R. A. M., of Williamsburg; Iowa Consistory, No. 2, A.
& A. S. R.; and El Kahir Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Cedar Rapids He also holds membership in North English
Lodge, No. 256, K. P., and his wife is identified with the Order of the Eastern Star. Both govern their lives by
the teachings of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which they belong. He is one of the representative business
men of this part of the state and has manifested progressiveness, administrative ability and the power to work
successfully with others, all qualities that are in much demand in the business world. He has been in a large measure
responsible for the rapid growth of the Home Lumber Company of which he is secretary and business manager.
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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