James W. Larmer is a self educated and self made man and whatever success he has achieved in life is attributable
entirely to his earnest and well directed efforts. He now devotes his energies to farming in Honey Creek township,
where he is operating one hundred and twenty acres of land. He has always lived in the middle west. His birth occurred
in Adams county, Wisconsin, on the 23d of March, 1853, his parents being David and Margaret (Dale) Larmer. On leaving
Wisconsin the father removed to Kansas, where he died in 1891, his wife having previously passed away in Wisconsin,
when their son James was but twelve years of age. They had a family of nine children, six sons and three daughters.
James W. Larmer was a lad of sixteen years when he left Wisconsin and made his way to Iowa county. He has since
resided in this state and has made his own way in the world unaided. Because of his mother's death he was early
thrown upon his own responsibilities and resources, and he had but limited educational and other advantages, but
he has made the most of his opportunities and in the school of experience has learned many valuable lessons. At
the age of twenty seven years he was married and began farming on his own account and is now busily engaged in
the cultivation of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres.
Mr. Larmer has been married twice. He first wedded Emma Lumadue and to them were born three daughters: Bertha,
now deceased; Alta, the wife of William Brouhard, of Los Angeles, California; and Dawn, who has also passed away.
The wife and mother died on the 15th of February, 1896, and for his second wife Mr. Larmer chose Mrs. Nellie Goings,
of Iowa county, a daughter of Reuben Dorman, a fanner. By her first marriage she had two children: Randall, who
was born February 27, 1896, and is now a farmer living near Belle Plaine, Iowa; and Wesley, who was born June 27,
1898, and is living in this county. The second marriage of Mr. Larmer was celebrated on the 4th of February, 1904,
and there is one child by that union, Sidney, who was born February 9, 1906.
Mr. Larmer is a public spirited citizen who takes a deep interest in the welfare of the community and gives aid
to many plans for the general good. He has served as school director and the cause of education finds in him a
warm friend. In his political views he is a progressive but he has never been a politician in the usually accepted
sense of office seeking, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his chosen life work.
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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