Myles Harkin owns and farms eighty acres of good land situated on section 9, Union township, and the improvements
upon, the place are all due to him. He was born at Boone, Boone county, Iowa, on the zoth of May, 1869, a son of
Owen and Margaret (Burke) Harkin. The father was born in Dewitt, Clinton county, Iowa, in 1840, of Irish descent.
His mother is still living in Dewitt at the remarkable age of one hundred and four. Margaret (Burke) Harkin was
born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1845 and passed away on the 23d of January, 1907. Her marriage occurred in Clinton
county, this state, and she became the mother of ten children, of whom the subject of this review is the second
in order of birth. Shortly after her marriage she removed with her husband to Boone county, Iowa, where he was
engaged in farming for a number of years. The family home was afterward established at Fort Dodge and Owen Harkin
now resides in Lucas county. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he believes firmly in
the wisdom of its policies.
Myles Harkin was educated in Fort Dodge and in Coalville and remained at home until twenty three years of age.
He then began farming on his own account and in 1896 came to this county, where he rented a quarter section for
about one year. In 1897 he took up his abode upon his present farm of eighty acres, renting the property until
he had accumulated sufficient capital to purchase it. This is situated on section 9, Union township, and is one
of the well improved small farms of the county. Mr. Harkin is well known as a breeder of full blooded Duroc Jersey
hogs and has one hundred and forty head that are registered. His stock raising interests bring him in a good income
annually and his assets are constantly increasing. He also breeds Barred Plymouth Rock chickens and finds this
a profitable side line.
On the 17th of February, 1896, Mr. Harkin was united in marriage with Miss Juda M. Hyer, a daughter of W. E. and
Elizabeth (Benson) Hyer, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Her mother was born in Highland county,
Ohio, February 8, 1840, and died on the 2d of April, 1909. Mrs. Harkin is the seventh in order of birth of the
nine children born to her parents. She is a native of this county and her natal day was September 23, 1871. She
attended the public schools of the county in the acquirement of an education and remained at home until she became
the wife of Mr. Harkin. To their union have been born three children: Hazel Gertrude, whose birth occurred on the
17th of June, 1902, is a student in the eighth grade and has a diploma from the county for regular attendance in
school. William Owen, born January 5, 1909, is also attending school. Wilbur De Wayne, the youngest member of the
family, was born December 31, 1913.
Mr. Harkin is a democrat in his political allegiance and he has served a number of times as a delegate to county
conventions. He is also president of the school board and township trustee. His fraternal affiliation is with Pleasantville
Lodge, No. 128, A. F. & A. M., and the Royal Arch Chapter at Knoxville. His record as a man and as a citizen
is free from any taint of dishonor or suspicion and all who know him respect and esteem him.
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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