Reuben Core, Sr., owns and operates a quarter section of fine land on section 9, Union township, and also holds
title to four hundred and fifty acres in Red Rock and Polk townships, which he rents to others, and is one of the
representative agriculturists of the county. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, October 25, 1848, a son of Isaac
and Sarah (Himes) Core. The father was born in Maryland in 1799 and the mother's birth occurred in Ohio. She died
when the subject of this review was a small boy. The father came to Iowa in 1854 and purchased land, increasing
his holdings until he was the owner of four hundred acres. He passed away in January, 1874, when about seventy
five years of age. He was a republican in his political belief and took a citizen's interest in public affairs.
He and his wife had nine children, four of whom survive. The subject of this review is the youngest in the family
and at the time of his father's removal to Iowa was but a small boy of six years.
Reuben Core, Sr., received the greater part of his education in the country schools here. The schoolhouses were
primitive at the time and the modern desks and seats were represented by simple slabs of wood. The schoolhouse
itself was built of logs and there was school only a few months in the winter. Mr. Core began aiding with the farm
work as soon as large and strong enough to do so and in this way he gained a practical knowledge of agriculture
and was an efficient farmer by the time that he was grown. Upon starting out in life for himself he engaged in
the mercantile business for four years, but after his marriage, which occurred in 1879, he began farming on his
own account. He has since devoted his energies to agriculture and has attained marked success in that line. He
cultivates one hundred and sixty acres of land in Union township, where he has resided for about thirty five years,
and also owns four hundred and fifty acres in Red Rock and Polk townships, which he leases. For a number of years
he raised full blooded Aberdeen Angus cattle but at present has no registered stock. He formerly fed stock extensively,
having usually from seventy five to one hundred head of cattle on the place. He does general farming and his knowledge
of efficient methods, his energy and good management insure him handsome profits annually. He has made most of
the improvements upon his place, which is well developed, and has about four acres of orchard, including apple,
peach, pear, cherry and plum trees.
Mr. Core was married in 1879 to Miss Catherine Johnson, a daughter of Peter M. and Eliza (Girard) Johnson. The
father was born in Ohio in 1819. He was a successful physician and well known in his locality. His demise occurred
in 1881. His wife, who was born in Ohio, died in 1860. Mrs. Core was born in Iowa in April, 1857, and in this state
her parents had been married about fifteen years before. Her father was married four times and had fourteen children,
she being the ninth in order of birth. To Mr. and Mrs. Core were born ten children: Maude, who married B. F. Franks
of Marion county; Clarence C., who married Gertrude McGraw of Marion county; Lvde, who married J. R. McGraw; Forest
E., deceased; Grace, at home; Blaine, who married Naomi Shawrer; and Reuben, Hazel, Dale and Bernice, all at home.
Mr. Core has supported the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and he has taken
an active part in public affairs. He has served as assessor, trustee, road supervisor and is at present upon the
school board. He has also been a delegate to a number of county republican conventions. In his religious faith
he is a Methodist and the integrity of his life is the best testimony to the sincerity of his religious belief.
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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