R. G. POPHAM.
R. G. Popham, a well known representative of the legal profession in Marengo, is a native of Iowa county, born
on the 7th of April, 1871. The birth of his father, William Popham, occurred in Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio, on
the 27th of June, 1819. He was a farmer by occupation and in 1858 settled in Iowa county, where he was identified
with agricultural interests until 1892, the year of his demise. On the 4th of February, 1841, he wedded Miss Mary
Jane Shipley, who was born in Knox county, Ohio, September 5, 1822, and passed away on the 28th of February, 1853.
She became the mother of three children, namely: Rebecca, who died in infancy; Mary Ellen, who is the widow of
Elmer Barnes and resides in Polk county, Iowa; and Genevra, the deceased wife of Melvin Hall, by whom she had two
children, D. Hall and Mina Davis. For his second wife William Popham chose Miss Rebecca Shipley, a sister of his
first wife, who was born in Knox county, Ohio, on the loth of November, 1834, and passed away in 1895. They became
the parents of eight children, as follows: Alfred, Charles and Elias, all of whom died in infancy; Lucy, the wife
of C. R. Zimmerman, who is engaged in educational work in Kaula Lumpur, Federated Malay States; Josie L., the wife
of A. L. Morse, of Boise, Idaho; Frank, of Eugene, Oregon; R. G., of this review; and Jessie P., the widow of Francis
Lenocker, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas.
R. G. Popham attended the common schools of this county and the high school at Williamsburg and further prepared
for efficient work in life by attending the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana, completing the
business and scientific courses there in 1891. For four years he taught, being superintendent of the schools at
Shueyville, Johnson county, Iowa, and being also connected with the schools of Walker in Linn county. At the end
of that time he again went to school, entering the University of Iowa, which institution conferred upon him the
degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1897. He had combined law with his scholastic course and after receiving his Bachelor
of Arts degree he continued in his preparation for the legal profession, graduating from the law department of
the university in 1898. While a student there he was inspector of high schools and thus had a part in the effort
to more closely coordinate the various parts of the school system of the state. After receiving his professional
degree he remained in Iowa City for a year, practicing in connection with R. L. Dunlap, but on the 1st of May,
1899, he and H. M. Havner opened a law office in Marengo and have since engaged in general practice. They have
a large and important clientage and are recognized as attorneys of more than usual knowledge and ability.
On the 24th of August, 1897, Mr. Popham married Miss Amelia A. Jones, who was born in Iowa county and is a daughter
of John T. and Rachel (Jones) Jones. Mr. Popham is a republican and keeps closely in touch with public affairs
and movements that affect the general welfare. He is president of the library board and has been largely responsible
for the efficient service which that institution gives to the citizens of Marengo. He is also a member of the State
Historical Society of Iowa. His religious allegiance is given to the Methodist Episcopal church and his fraternal
spirit finds expression in his connection with the Masonic order. He has won gratifying material prosperity and
owns a half interest in the R. L. Dunlap Lumber Company of Iowa City, of which he is president, and also holds
title to farm lands both in this county and in Canada. He is a valued citizen of Marengo and there are many who
are proud to be numbered among his friends.
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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