Biography of George McLeod
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George McLeod is a farmer and stock raiser living on section 19, Honey Creek township, not far from Belle Plaine, and because of his business ability and his long residence in this county he deserves representation among its representative citizens. Iowa county claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred within its borders September 21, 1863, his parents being William and Mary (Smith) McLeod. The father was a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the mother was born in England. William McLeod came from Scotland to the new world in 1844, when eighteen years of age, landing at Montreal. He drifted west, however, to Davenport, Iowa, and then came to Iowa county in pioneer times, when the work of development and improvement had scarcely been begun within its borders. He entered eighty acres of land from the government and this became the nucleus of his homestead. Not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made upon the place when he took possession, but with characteristic energy he began its development, brought his fields to a high state of cultivation and eventually added to his property by extending its boundaries. Before coming to the United States he had formed the acquaintance of Mary Smith, also a native of Scotland, and after becoming established in the new world he returned to the land of hills and heather, was married and then brought his bride to the United States. He died in the year 1884, at the age of fifty nine years, while his widow survived for almost a quarter of a century, passing away in 1908, at the age of seventy seven years. They had a family of seven children: Elizabeth, who became the wife of Jacob Knudson; Etta, who married McClelland M. Parr, now deceased; William, who died at the age of thirty six years, leaving a widow and two children; George, of this review; Arthur, a resident of Iowa Falls, who is married and has six children, five daughters and a son; Hannah, the wife of J. H. Hughes, of Williamsburg, by whom she has a daughter; and Mary, who is acting as dean at Cornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa.

George McLeod has spent his entire life in Iowa county. He was reared on the old homestead farm and supplemented the education acquired in the district schools by a course of study in Cornell College. When his textbooks were put aside he concentrated his efforts upon farm work, to which he has since given his attention. He is now the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and fifty five acres situated on section 19, Honey Creek township. He has become well known as a prominent stockman, making a specialty of horses and shorthorn cattle. He features draft horses, is breeding and raising English Shires and has at the head of his stud a stallion weighing twenty two hundred pounds. He has thoroughly acquainted himself with every feature of the business of raising high grade stock, knows the best methods of caring for the animals and is meeting with excellent success in his undertakings. He is a man of marked business ability and unfaltering energy and the years have brought him prominence as a successful business man.

Mr. McLeod was married on the 6th of March, 1888, to Miss Nora E. Reed, of Iowa City, a daughter of Robert and Elinor (Kilgrove) Reed, the former a farmer by occupation. In their family were three daughters and four sons. George Everett was born January 13, 1889, and died in infancy. William Maxwell, born February 23, 1891, is a graduate of the veterinary department of the Iowa State College at Ames and is now following his profession. Frances, born June 9, 1893, is the wife of Frank Philp, a farmer residing near Keokuk. Kenneth K., born May 28, two; A. Eugene, August 8, 1904; Lois E., July 12, 1907; and Keitha Dell, July to, 1909, are all at home.

The family attend the Presbyterian church and are interested in the moral progress of the community. Mr. McLeod has always been a stalwart champion of the cause of education and for fifteen years has served as president of the school board. He stands for advancement along all lines and his progressive spirit is indicated in the excellent appearance of his place. He has a valuable farm and his residence is one of the finest of the county, supplied with all modern equipments and conveniences, including electric lights. This is indicative of the spirit which has characterized Mr. McLeod in all of his relations throughout his entire life. Laudable ambition has actuated him at every point in his career and the simple weight of his character and ability have carried him forward into prominent connection with the farming and stock raising interests of his county.

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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