James B. Douglass has been successfully engaged in the lumber business at Harvey since 1900 and also holds the
office of city assessor, ably and faithfully discharging his duties in that connection. His birth occurred in Iowa
City, Johnson county, Iowa, on the 30th of September, 1867, his parents being William and Lucinda (Dent) Douglass,
who were natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia respectively. Their marriage was celebrated in Putnam county, Illinois,
to which place the mother had removed with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. William Douglass came to Iowa in the early
'50s and in this state spent the remainder of their lives. To them were born eight children and all are yet living.
James B. Douglass enjoyed the advantages of a college education in his youth and spent the period of his minority
under the parental roof. In 1893 he embarked in the lumber business at West Branch, Cedar county, Iowa, there conducting
an enterprise of that character until 1900, when he came to Harvey, Marion county. Here he commenced business as
a lumber dealer, handling all kinds of building materials. In 1902 he sold out to the Anthes Lumber Company, managing
their business. They in turn sold out to the Pauls Lumber Company, Mr. Douglass continuing as manager. His reputation
for integrity is unassailable and his well directed efforts have resulted in success. He owns an attractive residence
and also some lots in Harvey, where he is well known as an enterprising, progressive and representative citizen.
On the 2d of January, 1895, Mr. Douglass was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Belle Miller, a native of New Jersey
and a daughter of Aaron and Nettie (Taylor) Miller, who were born in New Jersey and Iowa respectively. Both have
passed away and one of their two children is also deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Douglass have been born four children,
as follows: Dent, whose natal day was February 6, 1896, and who is a graduate of the Knoxville high school ; Grace
E., who was born February 8, 1902, and died January 3, 1903; Hugh T., whose birth occurred November 3, 1903; and
Lois B., born November 10, 1906.
In politics Mr. Douglass is a stanch republican and at the present time acts in the capacity of city assessor,
making a creditable and commendable record in that connection. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging
to Lodge No. 381, A. F. & A. M.; Chapter No. 18, R. A. M., at Knoxville; and Chapter No. 164, O. E. S. He is
likewise affiliated with Lodge No. 199 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and with his family he attends
the services of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Douglass is interested in all the principal phases of life in his
adopted county and his influence is ever on the side of progress and improvement.
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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