I. N. Vaughn is numbered among the prominent and well known citizens of Newport, Louisa county, where he is
the proprietor of a prosperous general store and is also efficiently filling the office of postmaster. One of Iowa's
native sons, he was born in Woodbury county, on the 7th of July, 1876, a son of J. N. and Rebecca (Carl) Vaughn.
The parents were both born in Louisa county, this state, but later removed to Woodbury county, where they passed
away. Their family consisted of five children but of this number only three are still living.
I. N. Vaughn, whose name introduces this review, was reared to farm life and acquired his education in the schools
of his native county but at the age of eighteen laid aside his text books to enter business life, his first employment
being that of farm hand. He was thus engaged until twenty two years of age. In connection with J. W. Jamison he
bought a store at Newport, investing the money received as his share of his father's estate, and for six years
they conducted a growing and successful enterprise. At the expiration of that period, however, Mr. Vaughn purchased
the interest of his partner and has since continued, in business alone. In the operation of a general mercantile
store he has built up a good trade, which is constantly increasing in volume and importance for, appreciating the
fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement, he has carefully studied the wishes of his customers and
carries a large and up to date stock of goods. He is industrious, enterprising and ambitious, is progressive in
the management of his interests and at the same time the honest and upright methods which he has ever pursued have
won for him the confidence of all with whom he has business dealings.
On the 27th of January, 1906, Mr. Vaughn was united in marriage to Miss Iva Thompson, who was born near Mount Pleasant,
Iowa, a daughter of A. B. and Molera Thompson. Her parents are bath natives of Ohio and are yet living, making
their home in Louisa county. Their daughter Iva was one of seven children and by her marriage to Mr. Vaughn has
become the mother of one daughter, Esther Marie, who was born November 5, 1906, and is the light and life of the
The family reside in an attractive home in Newport, which is also the property of Mr. Vaughn. He is a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Lodge No. 19, at Wapello, and in politics is a stalwart supporter
of republican principles. On the 7th of June, 1900, he was appointed postmaster of Newport, but later the postoffice
was discontinued and rural route, No. 2, from Wapello, was established. The office was reopened, however, and Mr.
Vaughn was again appointed postmaster, August 6, 1903. In this capacity he is proving a very popular official,
faithfully and capably performing the duties devolving upon him. He is yet numbered among the younger representatives
of business circles in his community and thus the gratifying degree of prosperity which he has already attained
augurs well for a continued and increasing success in the future.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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