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.
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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