John H. Lindsay, a well known grocer of Marengo, was born in Miami county, Ohio, on the 21st of June, 1847,
a son of Charles and Ellen (Hollopeter) Lindsay, natives respectively of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The father passed
away in 1853 and the mother subsequently came to Iowa, arriving in Marengo on the 31st of October, 1857, where
she was living at the time of her demise. They were the parents of three children, of whom our subject is the only
John H. Lindsay was only ten years old when the family came to Iowa and there are very few still living in Marengo
who were here on his arrival. He pursued his studies in a log schoolhouse and there acquired a serviceable education.
When but twelve years of age he left home and worked upon a farm until 1864, when, although still in his teens,
he enlisted in the Civil war, joining Company G, Forty seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. After serving at the front
for six months he went to Irving, Benton county, Iowa, and found employment in a hardware store, but shortly afterward
he returned to Ohio, where he worked on a farm for a year and a half. He then again removed to Benton county, this
state, and attended school during the ensuing winter, thus supplementing the knowledge that he had previously acquired.
Later he was employed in a grocery store for about a year, but at the end of that time he was married and again
turned his attention to farming. He followed agricultural pursuits for three years, but in the early '8os came
to Marengo and entered the grocery business, with which he was quite familiar from having previously clerked in
a grocery store. He understands how to buy to advantage and is willing to give his customers the benefit of his
long experience, being content with reasonable prices. As his stock is well selected and is of good quality and
as he takes pains to keep it fresh and attractive, his patronage is large and remunerative and his business is
growing from year to year.
Mr. Lindsay married Miss Malinda Ellen Ryerson, who was born in Indiana of the marriage of William and Sarah (Patten)
Ryerson, both natives of Ohio. Her parents removed with their family to Iowa in 1856 and settled upon a farm in
this county, where both passed away. They were the parents of seven children. To Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay have been
born fourteen children: one who died in infancy; Charles W., who was accidentally killed at the age of twenty nine
years; Lillie Luella, the wife of C. B. Raney, of Marengo; Nettie M., the wife of William Cummings, a farmer of
this county; John E., who is in partnership with his father; Della L., the wife of G. A. McKinley, of Marshall,
Minnesota; Harry F., a grocer of Hebron, Illinois; Bert P., a druggist of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bruce L., who is
engaged in the furniture business in Marengo; Minnie E., the wife of Dick Morabec, of Cedar Rapids; Effie, at home;
Arthur Roy, who is clerking in his father's store; and Grace and Bessie, both at home.
Mr. Lindsay is a prominent democrat and while living in the country served acceptably as clerk of the board of
supervisors. For a number of years he has been a member of the town council of Marengo. He was a charter member
of the volunteer hook and ladder company, to which he belonged for twenty two years. Fraternally he is connected
with the subordinate lodge, encampment, canton and Rebekahs of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled
all of the chairs in Lodge No. 148. He has been representative to the grand lodge and in his capacity of district
deputy was the installing officer for his district. Through his membership with John Dillon Post, No. 233, G. A.
R., he keeps in touch with his brother veterans of the Civil war. He gives close attention to his business interests
but does not allow them to monopolize his time, as he realizes that there are other phases of life that are equally
important, and his cooperation can be counted upon in support of any movement seeking the welfare of the community.
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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