J. JAY STAPP.
The presence of young men in positions of importance calling for the exercise of sound judgment is one of the notable
features of modern life and in no business is it more readily to be observed than in that of farming. Although
he is only twenty four years of age J. jay Stapp, of Louisa county, is now in charge of a large farm and is also
rapidly coming into prominence as a breeder of fine stock. He possessed rare opportunities of home and school training
and as a result is
making a success of his vocation.
He was born in Louisa county January 20, 1887, a son of J. J. and Flora (Ogier) Stapp, both of whom were natives
of this county. In their family were six children, namely: H. Roy, who is living at Toledo, Ohio; Elsie, who is
the wife of Frank B. Letts, of Clarendon, Texas; Nancy, who married H. R. Owens, of Longmont, Colorado; J. Jay;
and Mona and Mary, both of whom are at home.
J. Jay Stapp was reared upon the parental homestead and attended the district schools, later preparing for college
at high school. He then matriculated at the State Agricultural College of Ames, Iowa, where he continued for two
and one half years. After leaving college he received an appointment as government stock inspector and spent six
months in New Mexico and Arizona, discharging his duties in such a way as to meet the approval of the officials
at Washington. Returning to his old home in Louisa county, he assumed charge of three hundred and sixty acres of
land owned by his father. He is thoroughly up to date in his work and his efforts are meeting with gratifying results.
He engages in general farming and also feeds stock upon an extensive scale for the market, making a specialty of
pure bred shorthorn cattle.
Mr. Stapp was married August 23, 1911, to Margaret Mary Donovan, of Longwood, Colorado. In politics he supports
the democratic party, believing that that organization is best adapted to direct the ship of state, and in religious
belief he adheres to the Reformed Lutheran faith. He is also a member of the Masonic order and the Elks. He has
made it a principle of his life to perform to the very best of his ability whatever he undertakes to do, and spares
no time or labor in becoming thoroughly acquainted with the improved methods pertaining to his calling. It is safe
to prophesy for him increasing usefulness and honor in a business for which he seems remarkably well adapted.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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