Agricultural interests have an able representative in Lawson Maudlin, who owns two hundred and five acres of fine
land in Hartford township. He was born in Indiana, March 2, 1848, a son of Thomas and Rachel (Townsend) Maudlin,
both likewise natives of the Hoosier state. In 1856 the family settled upon a farm in Johnson county, Iowa, and
the first year their residence was a board shanty. The mother passed away in that county in 1859 and in 1868 the
father removed to Iowa county, taking up his residence on a farm in Lincoln township. He passed away in 1896. He
was married a second time and to that union were born ten children, six of whom survive. By his first marriage
there were eleven children, of whom four are still living.
Lawson Maudlin remained with his father until he was of age and then began his independent business career. For
five years he engaged in breaking the prairie sod and also ran a threshing machine. He still owns a threshing outfit
but his old horse power machine has long since been supplanted by modem steam threshers. He now owns three outfits
and from their operation derives therefrom a substantial addition to his income. In 1876 he purchased the farm
on section 36, Hartford township, where he now lives and has made many improvements upon the place in the intervening
years. He owns two hundred and five acres of as fine land as any in Iowa county and his labors have yielded him
more than a competence. He has specialized to some extent in stock raising, realizing the fact that Iowa offers
unusual opportunities for success in that occupation. He is now living largely retired although he still resides
upon his farm.
In 1873 Mr. Maudlin married Miss Drusilla Breneman, who was born in Ohio. Her parents, Christian and Mary (Robinson)
Breneman, were also natives of the Buckeye state, where they resided until 1869. In that year the family removed
to Iowa and settled upon a farm in Lincoln township, Iowa county. Subsequently the parents went to Kansas, where
the father passed away in 1885, but the mother died in this state in 1898. Seven of their twelve children are still
living. Mr. and Mrs. Maudlin have become the parents of six children: Orris J. and Junior C., deceased; Mina May,
who is a graduate of the Iowa State University at Iowa City and of the Nebraska State University of Lincoln, and
now is engaged in teaching; Lloyd Z., who is farming in this county; Talmadge Dale, who is farming; and Hazel Fay,
who is a graduate of the local high school and is now the wife of Earl Shaw.
Mr. Maudlin is a republican and has served for four years as township clerk, his continuance in the office being
proof of the acceptability of his services. He has also been school director. Both he and his wife are members
of the Methodist Episcopal church and can be depended upon to further to the extent of their ability the moral
advancement of their 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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