Joseph K. Duncan, who for the past eight years has conducted a general mercantile establishment at Cotter, well
deserves mention among the enterprising and representative business men of Louisa county. His birth occurred in
this county on the 31st of December, 1864, his parents being S. H. and Elizabeth (Edwards) Duncan, natives of Tennessee.
The father came to Louisa county in 1842, when a little lad of five years, and has remained within its borders
continuously since, still residing on a farm in Union township. Unto him and his wife were born nine children,
seven of whom yet survive.
After completing his preliminary education Joseph K. Duncan pursued a course of study in a business college, thus
fitting himself for the practical and responsible duties of life. On attaining his majority he rented a portion
of the old homestead place and subsequently purchased a farm, devoting his attention to its operation for a number
of years. Disposing of the property, he embarked in business as a merchant of Cotter, where for the past eight
years he has enjoyed a gratifying patronage as the proprietor of a general store, handling a large and well selected
line of goods.
Mr. Duncan is a democrat in politics and held the office of assessor for four years. Fraternally he is identified
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Lodge No. 693 at Cotter. He has always lived in Louisa
county and enjoys an enviable reputation as a reliable, progressive merchant and respected citizen.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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