Richard H. Malin, who for seven years has been engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in Columbus
Junction, was born in Washington county, Iowa, on the 16th of April, 1867. He is a son of the late James and Elizabeth
(Huskins) Malin, the father having for many years been engaged in the dry goods business in Washington. He was
a native of Ohio and passed away at the age of eighty five years. The mother, who is still living at the age of
seventy nine years and makes her home in Ainsworth, Iowa, was born in Pennsylvania. They had two children, a son
and a daughter, the latter being Stella, the wife of M. L. Miller, of Ainsworth.
After the completion of his education, in the acquirement of which he attended the common schools, Richard H. Malin
began his business career. At the age of eighteen years he entered one of the furniture stores of Washington which
was conducted in connection with an undertaking establishment, in order to learn the business. He remained with
the firm until 1904, at which time he removed to Columbus Junction, where he opened an establishment of his own.
His venture has proven to be a success in every sense of the word and he enjoys a most excellent patronage, having
the only business of the kind in the town.
The 27th of February, 1890, was the marriage day of Mr. Malin and Miss Anna McFarland, a daughter of William and
Martha (Connors) McFarland, who had nine children: James R., now a resident of Garnett, Kansas; Lena, the wife
of S. P. Telford, of Whitney, Iowa; William, a resident of Washington, Iowa; John, deceased; Iva, the wife of A.
H. Essley, of Washington; Edward G., also a resident of Washington, Iowa; Anna, now Mrs. Malin; Maida, who married
William Sampson, of Davenport, Iowa; and Etta, who is at home. Mr. and Mrs. Malin have one daughter, Myra, whose
birth occurred on the 26th of December, 1898.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Malin affiliate with the Presbyterian church and fraternally he is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. His political support is given to the republican party but the demands of his business make
it impossible for him to actively participate in municipal affairs. Enterprising and progressive, he is meeting
with success and is recognized as one of the representative business men of Columbus Junction.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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