George H. Bingaman is living on section 27, Washington township, where he owns and cultivates one hundred and
forty acres of land constituting one of the good farms of the locality. Upon this place he has lived since 1911
and has wrought many improvements, making it one of the attractive farms of his part of the county. He was born
in Pleasant township, Lucas county, Iowa, April 24, 1875, a son of William and Melinda (Whitlatch) Bingaman, who
were natives of Indiana and Iowa respectively. The parents were married in Marion county in 1872 and to them have
been born four children, as follows: Fanny, who is now the wife of Otis Grimes; George H., of this review; Minnie,
who gave her hand in marriage to Stanley Applegate; and Bert, a resident of Lucas county, Iowa. The father has
always followed farming and he and his wife yet reside in Lucas county, where they established their home in pioneer
times, being among those who have aided in the development of Iowa, making it the rich agricultural state which
it is today.
Through the period of his boyhood George H. Bingaman was learning lessons that have been of value to him in all
of his later life, not only the lessons that one masters in the schoolroom but also those which one learns with
experience as the teacher. At the age of twenty years he left home and on the 5th of March, 1896, was united in
marriage to Miss Eunice Caldwell, a daughter of John and Mary (Mathew) Caldwell, who came to Marion county before
the war and settled first in Indiana township. Later they removed to Washington township and there the father died
after having devoted many years to general agricultural pursuits. His widow survives and makes her home in the
village of Columbia.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bingaman took up their abode in Marion county, where they have since lived, and
as the years passed several children were added to their family, namely: Ruby; Donald; Echo and Twila, both of
whom are deceased; and Dwain.
Mr. Bingaman ranks with the enterprising and progressive farmers of his district and in addition to the work of
cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate has engaged in raising stock. He has always followed the
occupation to which he was reared and in 1911 he bought his present place, comprising one hundred and forty acres
on section 27, Washington township. Since that time he has built a cave house and a barn upon his farm, which is
today a well improved property. The buildings are surrounded by well kept fields that annually produce good harvests,
and all of the equipments of a model farm are used in carrying on the work. In addition to this property Mr. Bingaman
owns one hundred and sixty acres on section 34, Washington township, and from his farms derives a substantial annual
income. He is progressive and his methods are at the same time practical. He has studied the question of soil,
practices the rotation of crops and knows what is necessary to produce the different cereals raised in this locality.
In politics he is a prohibitionist, which indicates his attitude upon the temperance question. He is interested
in public affairs but has never been an office seeker. He believes, however, in improvement in matters relating
to the general good and he cooperates heartily in all those plans which are a matter of civic virtue and civic
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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