Biography of Jacob D. Harsin
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JACOB D. HARSIN.
Among the prosperous farmers and stockmen of Marion county is Jacob D. Harsin, the owner of three hundred and nine acres of fine land in Clay township, who was born in that township, two miles north of Durham, on the 26th of February, 1856, a son of the late G. W. Harsin, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. When he reached a suitable age he entered the public schools and there acquired his education, which, however, was somewhat limited as much of his time was taken up in assisting his father with the work of the farm. This, however, was valuable training as it taught him practical methods of agriculture and provided him with a congenial means of earning a good livelihood. He remained at home until twenty six years of age, when his marriage occurred, and then removed to his present farm on section 7, Clay township. He has since lived there and has devoted his time to agricultural pursuits and has so wisely directed his work that not only has he gained abundant crops year by year, but he has also conserved the fertility of the soil. He has made many fine improvements and his intelligent development of the place, combined with the general rise in land values, makes his land now worth about two hundred dollars an acre, although in 1876 he paid but fourteen dollars and thirty cents per acre for the one hundred and forty four acres which he purchased at that time. He has since added to his holdings until his place now comprises three hundred and nine acres of land. He follows general farming and stock raising and finds both phases of his work highly profitable.

Mr. Harsin was married to Miss Nettie Loynachan, who was born near the town of Barlow, in Washington county, Ohio, on the 28th of January, 1855, a daughter of Neil and Margaret (Turner) Loynachan. Her father was born in Scotland and came to America when seventeen years of age, settling in Washington county, Ohio, and there remaining for many years. After reaching maturity he engaged in farming upon his own account and was most successful in that occupation. He married Miss Margaret Turner and after his death, which occurred in Washington county, she removed to Marion county. About twenty years ago she took up her residence at Knoxville and lived there for a number of years, but for the last nine years of her life made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Harsin. The mother died on the 14th of March, 1911, at the advanced age of eighty eight years and fifteen days. Both Mr. and Mrs. Loynachan were Presbyterians in religious faith. Mrs. Harsin is one of a family of six children, of whom one son died at eleven years of age and one daughter when a maiden of thirteen. The others who survive are: Mrs. Margaret J. Hassig, a resident of Cope, Colorado; Edward E., of Russell, Iowa; and George Neil, who lives on the old home place in Ohio. Mrs. Harsin was reared and educated in Washington county, Ohio, and taught there and also in Marion county, Iowa, previous to her marriage. She has become the mother of two sons and two daughters, namely: Maggie, the wife of William Holmes, a farmer residing near Tracy, Minnesota, by whom she has a son, Lester; Alta, who died in young womanhood and who was the wife of Lemuel Durham, a resident of Clay township, this county; Gilbert, a farmer of Clay township, who married Irene Smith, by whom he has two daughters and a son, Pauline, Helen and Donald; and Charles, a young man of twenty three years who is yet at home.

Mrs. Harsin is a member of the Presbyterian church of Plymouth, Clay township, and is one of the active workers of that congregation. Mr. Harsin is a republican in his political belief and is consistent in his support of its principles and candidates, believing that it is the best agency for the government of the country. He is one of the successful agriculturists of the county and his prosperity is due to his ability to meet the changing conditions of farm life, his willingness to adopt new methods and to use the latest improvements in machinery, his sound business judgment and his energy and industry.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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