J. F. Buffington is one of the progressive merchants of Hamilton. He possesses resolute purpose and determination
and carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes, knowing that difficulties and obstacles can
be overcome by persistent, earnest and honorable effort. He is a native of the neighboring state of Illinois, his
birth having occurred there March 30, 1874, his parents being Lumbert and Lydia Buffington. The father was a native
of Scotland and in early life left the land of hills and heather for the new world. On reaching the eastern coast
he started at once for the interior of the country, settling in Illinois, where his remaining days were passed.
By his marriage he had a family of three children, of whom two are yet living.
J. F. Buffington in his youthful days acquired a good practical education in the schools of Illinois. He remained
at home until he attained his majority and then started out in life on his own account. In 1900 he was united in
marriage to Miss Lydia L. Sharp, who was born in Beacon, Iowa, a daughter of John and Rosetta (Hate) Sharp, both
of whom were natives of Pennsylvania and in 1859 came to Iowa. They settled in Marion county, where they are still
living, and they are numbered among the honored and well known pioneer settlers, having made their home in the
county for more than fifty five years. In their family were seven children, five of whom survive.
Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Buffington came to Iowa and took up their abode in Hamilton, where he established
a store and embarked in merchandising. He now owns a large store building and is conducting a profitable and growing
business, handling everything that is included within the term general merchandise. His stock is carefully selected
to meet the demands of the public, and his patrons are always ready to speak a good word, for him because of his
straightforward and honorable dealing and his earnest efforts to please.
Mr. and Mrs. Buffington have become the parents of a daughter, Lydia M. They occupy a pleasant home in Hamilton
and have gained many warm friends during the period of their residence here. Mr. Buffington exercises his right
of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and keeps well informed on the questions
and issues of the day and is ever ready to support his position by intelligent argument. He does not seek nor desire
office, however, but concentrates his energies upon his business interests and thereby is meeting with success.
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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