J. D. Shaul, ex mayor of Ladora, is successfully engaged in blacksmithing there and is a highly respected citizen.
His birth occurred in Seneca county, Ohio, on the 3oth of July, 1860, his parents being John S. and Nancy E. (Bell)
Shaul, both natives of Ohio. They were reared and married in that state but in 1865 came to Iowa and located in
Hartford township, this county, where the father engaged in farming until about 1883, when he retired from active
life and removed to Williamsburg. He passed away at that place on the 17th of March, 1914, when eighty five years
of age, as he was born on the 31st of January, 1829. His widow is still living in Williamsburg at the age of seventy
nine, her birth having occurred on the 1st of February, 1836.
J. D. Shaul is indebted to the district schools of Hartford township, this county, for his education and he remained
upon the home farm until he attained his twenty first year, when he went to Victor, where he drove a dray for one
year. He then apprenticed himself to the blacksmith's trade in Victor but completed his term of apprenticeship
at Ladora. In the spring of 1886 he went to Williamsburg, where he opened a shop, which he conducted for about
a decade, but in 1895 he came to Ladora He has since been engaged in blacksmithing here, with the exception of
one year, and has a large patronage, as he has a reputation for doing good work at reasonable prices.
On the 15th of September, 1898, Mr. Shaul married Miss Effie May Rosenberger, of Hartford township, and they have
a son, Forrest Rollin, who was born on the 15th of January, 1900, and is attending the Ladora high school.
Mr. Shaul is a republican and has taken an active part in local governmental affairs. For one term he was a member
of the town council and in 1909 was appointed by that body mayor of Ladora to fill a vacancy. He proved an efficient
executive and was subsequently twice elected to the office, serving in all for five years as mayor. For a similar
period of time he was a member of the school board and was serving in that capacity at the time of the erection
of the new school building, of which Ladora is justly proud. Both he and his wife are influential members of the
Methodist Protestant church, of which he is a trustee. Fraternally his membership relations are with Ladora Lodge,
No. 622, I. O. O. F.; Francisca Lodge, No. 406, Daughters of Rebekah; and Ladora Encampment, No. 220. He is quite
prominent in the local lodge and has many friends in the organization. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Savings
Bank of Ladora and is one of the substantial and highly esteemed men of his 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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