Biography of Harrison Horsman
Marion County, IA Biographies





HARRISON HORSMAN.
Among the active, energetic and enterprising business men of Marion county is Harrison Horsman, president of the Citizens Bank of Pleasantville, in which institution he has been a stockholder for the past twenty two years or more. He is also the owner of a farm in Union and Pleasant Grove townships, comprising four hundred and thirteen acres and his rental of this property brings to him a gratifying annual income.

For sixty years Mr. Horsman has lived in Marion county, having arrived in November, 1854, at which time he took up his abode upon a farm in Union township. He was then a youth of fourteen years, his birth having occurred in Highland county, Ohio, June 2, 1840, his parents being Levi and Sidney (Bonecutter) Horsman, who were natives of Virginia but were married in the Buckeye state. They started west in 1844 and spent ten years in Shelby county, Illinois, whence they removed to Iowa in 1854., casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers of this county. The father here engaged in farming after entering land from the government in Union township. Not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made upon his place, but with characteristic energy he began its development and transformed the tract into richly cultivated fields to which he added from time to time until he became the owner of an extensive farm property, in the conduct and management of which he was very successful. He resided upon that farm until his death, which occurred in 1873 when he was sixty five years of age. In politics he was a republican and gave loyal support to the principles of that party. Both he and his wife were consistent and faithful members of the Christian church. Mrs. Horsman survived her husband for a number of years and passed away at the advanced age of eighty eight. In their family were seven children, of whom five are yet living: David, who is now retired in Pleasantville; John, of Wichita, Kansas; Joseph, living in Union township; Mrs. Grace Elder, a widow whose home is in Kansas; and Harrison. One sister died in early life in Illinois and another died in this county.

Harrison Horsman was reared in Marion county and attended the public schools. He also pursued his education in Pella for a time and was a pupil there when the Civil war broke out. He watched with interest the progress of events, saw that the war was to be no mere holiday affair and, prompted by a spirit of patriotism, offered his services to the government, enlisting at Red Rock in 1862 as a member of Company H, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three years and three days, or until the close of hostilities. He became a noncommissioned officer and was mustered out at Fort Gibson, Arkansas, in the fall of 1865. He was never seriously wounded nor was he at any time held as a prisoner of war. He participated, however, in many hotly contested engagements, arduous campaigns and long, hard marches and returned to his home with a creditable military record. When the war was over he resumed farming, in which he was actively engaged until 1894, when he retired from business life and took up his abode in Pleasantville, where he erected the comfortable and commodious residence that he now occupies. While upon the farm he carefully managed the work of the fields and his energy and determination brought good results.

Mr. Horsman was married in Pleasant Grove township in 1867 to Miss Margaret Jane Logan, who was born October 31, 1849, at what is now Pleasantville, a daughter of Gilmore and Mary (Stratton) Logan, who had settled in Marion county in the fall of 1845, being among the pioneers of this part of the state. All around was the unclaimed and undeveloped prairie and the work of improvement had scarcely been begun, but with other pioneer settlers Mr. Logan aided in planting the seeds of civilization that in time brought forth abundant harvests. He entered land and followed farming and upon his original home place he resided until his death, which occurred in 1895 when he was seventy five years of age. For a brief period he had survived his wife, who died in 1891. They were earnest, Christian people, loyal to their professions as members of the Baptist church. In the family were three sons and three daughters, who are yet living: Mrs. Horsman; Charles, a resident of Knoxville; Albert, whose home is in Dallas, this county; George, living in Des Moines; Mrs. C. R. Johnson, who is located at Centralia, Kansas; and Mrs. Bertie Elliott, of Des Moines. Mr. and Mrs. Horsman are the parents of four children: Leonard, who died leaving a wife and one son, Gail, who are now residents of Knoxville; Iva Nora, who died in infancy; Elva, the wife of Thomas Conway, by whom she has five children, their home being upon her father's farm; and Lula, who is the wife of Warren Summy. They also live on one of her father's farms and their family numbers three children.

Mr. Horsman exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and his fellow townsmen, appreciating his worth and ability, have called him to a number of local offices, including that of member of the board of supervisors, on which he served from 1896 until 1899, exercising his official prerogatives in support of many measures for the public good. He and his family are members of the Christian church and he is highly esteemed throughout the community in which he makes his home. More than two decades ago he became connected with the Citizens Bank of Pleasantville and since his retirement from farming has been called to the office of president, in which capacity he is now connected with the institution. He is a thoroughly reliable and energetic business man and in every relation of life commands the confidence and good will of those who know him.

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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