George S. Hollingshead, engaged in general farming and stock raising, owns and operates one hundred and seventy
five acres of land in Knoxville township and in addition is engaged in the further cultivation of a rented farm.
In the conduct of his business affairs he is associated with his son, G. Earl Hollingshead, and the firm is well
known in this section of the state.
George S. Hollingshead is a native of what is now the state of West Virginia, his birth having occurred November
6, 1845, in Marshall county ere the separation of West Virginia from the Old Dominion. His parents were Anthony
and Sarah (Baker) Hollingshead, who left the south in 1853 and became residents of Iowa. From March until August
of that year they remained in Des Moines county and then removed to Van Buren county, where they lived until after
the Civil war. In 1873 they came to Marion county, establishing their home upon a farm in Clay township, and a
number. of years later they took up their abode in the village of Durham, where the father resided until his death.
His wife, Mrs. Sarah Hollingshead, had passed away in 1862, leaving a family of six children, of whom five yet
survive, namely: Allen A., a resident of Seattle, Washington; William, who is in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington
& Quincy Railroad and makes his home at Ravenna, Nebraska; Mrs. Jennie Funk and Mrs. Mary A. Pumphrey, who
are residents of Ottumwa, Iowa; and George S., of this review. One son, Samuel, was killed in a runaway accident
in the state of Washington, where he had engaged in teaching for several years. After losing his first wife Anthony
Hollingshead was married again, his second union being with Elizabeth Campbell, who died at Durham, this county,
leaving three children: Charles and Gaines, both now deceased; and Sarah, who resides with her brother, George
S. The father was a republican in his political views but the honors and emoluments of office had no attraction
for him as he always preferred to concentrate his energies upon his farming and stock raising interests, in which
he won a creditable and gratifying success.
From the age of nine years George S. Hollingshead has lived in Iowa, and he possesses the spirit of enterprise
and progress which has characterized the development and upbuilding of this state. In 1863, when a youth of but
seventeen years, he offered his services to the government and joined Company G of the Third Iowa Cavalry, with
which he served until the close of the Civil war, participating in a number of hotly contested engagements which
led up to the final victory that crowned the Union arms. He was never wounded, however, and was honorably discharged
on the 9th of August, 1865. Upon his return home he resumed the occupation of farming and cleared a tract of fifty
three acres, to which he has added from time to time as his financial resources have increased until he is now
the owner of one hundred and seventy five acres in Knoxville township, constituting one of its carefully cultivated
and well improved farms. He has still further extended the scope of his activities by renting a farm and has now
admitted his son, G. Earl, to a partnership in the business.
On the 3d of May, 1871, Mr. Hollingshead was united in marriage to Miss Mary Agnes Templeton, who was born in Belmont
county, Ohio, February 17, 1851, a daughter of James and Sarah (Campbell) Templeton. They removed to Iowa in the
spring of 1853, settling in Van Buren county, where the father passed away several years later. He had visited
Marion county about 1852 and had entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, it being his intention to some day
locate thereon, but he was taken ill and passed away in Van Buren county. The land is still in possession of the
family, having been transferred but once. After losing her first husband Mrs. Templeton became the wife of Orr
Gilchrist and with him removed to Marion county in 1869. Here they spent their remaining days, Mr. Gilchrist dying
about 1885, while his widow survived until 1910 and passed away at the ripe old age of eighty two years. She had
two children by her first marriage, Mary Agnes and Robert. The latter passed away in Anaconda, Montana, about 1905.
By her second marriage Mrs. Gilchrist had two children, one of whom survives, N. G. Gilchrist, who is a resident
of Marion county. Mrs. Hollingshead was reared in Van Buren county but was married at her present home in 1871
and by this marriage has become the mother of three sons. Emmet T., of Knoxville, married Ola Wright and they have
four children. Oakes, a resident farmer of Knoxville township, wedded Mattie Sherwood, by whom he has two children.
G. Earl, who is his father's partner, married Edith Bruere and they have two children.
Mr. Hollingshead has made all of the improvements upon his farm and has a valuable property supplied with all modern
equipments and comforts. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, and fraternally he is connected
with John C. Ferguson Post, G. A. R. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, while his wife is a
member of the Presbyterian church. For more than six decades he has been a resident of Marion county and there
are few who can claim a longer connection with this section of the state. He has noted the many changes which have
occurred and has ever borne his part in the work of general development, being especially active along agricultural
lines and thus aiding in winning for the state the splendid reputation which Iowa bears in connection with agricultural
development. In matters of citizenship he has always been progressive and is as true and loyal to his country today
as when he followed the old flag upon the battlefields of the south.
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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