Biography of Albert P. Long
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Albert P. Long was born in Iowa county and is indebted to its public school system for the educational privileges he enjoyed. He now resides upon and manages what is left of the old homestead farm, lying within and also just west of the corporation limits of Williamsburg. His has been an active and useful life and he has gained a substantial measure of success through his well directed agricultural interests. On the 26th of September, 1905, he married Mrs. Minnie A. McCloud, nee Evans.

Her father, David E. Evans, was born in Iowa county in 1847, a son of Evan D. and Jane (Simon) Evans, both of whom were natives of Wales, whence they came to America in 1842. Their marriage was celebrated in Cincinnati, Ohio, the same year and in 1844 they removed to this state, settling in Iowa county, Mr. Evans entering one hundred and sixty acres of government land in Troy township. They had a family of four children: David; Jane E., who became the wife of Dr. Jones, of De Soto, Missouri; John R., deceased; and William R., who is living in Iowa City, Iowa. In 1872 David Evans was united in marriage to Miss Ida Lyon, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1851 and died in Iowa county in 1877. The only child of that marriage was Minnie, now the wife of Albert P. Long. On the 3d of June, 1885, Mr. Evans was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Mary Lyon, a sister in law of his first wife. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1853 and died in Iowa county in 1909. The children of the second marriage are: Ralph J., a resident of Cushing, Iowa; Roy L., living in North English; Russell H., whose home is in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Reynold C., deceased. Mr. Evans retired from his farm in 1875 and is now making his home with his daughter, Mrs. A. P. Long. In his political views he has always been a stalwart republican and he served as clerk of the county court from 188o until 1884. The following year he reentered business circles in Williamsburg as a merchant, continuing active in that line for two years. In 1886 he was elected mayor of Williamsburg and filled that position most creditably for two years. He then became cashier of the Williamsburg Savings Bank, which position he occupied for a short time, and in 1890 he was one of the organizers of the Farmers Savings Bank, of which he served as cashier from the beginning until 1905. He then became one of the organizers of the City Savings Bank and was its cashier from 1905 until 1913. He has thus taken an active part in shaping the business development as well as the political history of his county and has also figured in its moral progress as a consistent and faithful member of the Presbyterian church. The Evans family has figured most prominently in the county for a very extended period. The father and mother of David Evans had an exciting experience with prairie fire in the year 1845. The fire surrounded them and in order to get away from the burning prairie grass they climbed trees, but both were so badly burned that they were forced to remain in bed for six months.

Minnie, the daughter of David Evans, was first married on the r8th of October, 1893, when she became the wife of W. H. McCloud, who died July 2, 1899. By her first marriage she had two children: Carlyle E., who was born March 6, 1895; and William B., born June 3, 1898. To Mr. and Mrs. Long have been born two children: Alice V., born September 9, 1906; and Arthur P., July 21, 1908.

Throughout his entire life Albert P. Long has followed the occupation of farming. He now makes a specialty of dairy farming and for this purpose keeps on hand thirty five head of fullblooded Jersey cows. His dairy products find a ready sale on the market and bring to him a substantial return. In his political views he has always been a republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to Stellapolis Lodge, No. 391, A. F. & A. M. All of the family are members of the Presbyterian church of Williamsburg.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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