Biography of Edward Loynachan
Marion County, IA Biographies





EDWARD LOYNACHAN.
In the death of Edward Loynachan, Marion county lost a representative citizen who for a long period had been ranked with the prominent and successful farmers and business men of Clay township. He passed away at his home there on the 3d of September, 1906, when he had reached the age of seventy two years, five months and twenty two days. He was a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, and during his childhood was brought to the new world, the family home being established in Washington county, Ohio. There he remained throughout the period of his minority and on the 14th of April, 1857, he came to Marion county, his destination being Bellefontaine, near the present town of Tracy. He made his way up the Des Moines river and joined his brother David, who had preceded him to this state.

The brothers had previously worked on and along the Ohio river and had saved their money with the hope of ultimately investing in property, and after reaching this county they purchased a tract of between two and three hundred acres of government land in the vicinity of the present village of Durham. They lived in a log cabin on the land belonging to the brother, making their home together for some years, but ultimately Edward Loynachan built a house on his own land and kept bachelor's hall for six or seven years. Together the brothers broke the sod with ox teams and made rails from which they built a fence. They added other improvements from time to time as opportunity permitted and in the course of years the once wild prairie which came into their possession was transformed into a valuable farm property supplied with all modern equipments and conveniences in the way of buildings and machinery, while the land was brought to a high state of cultivation. That success in large measure crowned the intelligently directed labors of Edward Loynachan is indicated in the fact that he was at one time the owner of seven hundred and seventy one and a half acres in Clay and Knoxville townships and was thus numbered among the large landowners of Marion county.

On the 27th of February, 1873, Mr. Loynachan was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary E. Spohn, who was born in Highland county, Ohio, January 3, 1854, but lost her parents in early girlhood and was reared by an aunt. She came to Marion county just prior to the outbreak of the Civil war and since 1907 has resided at Knoxville, owning and occupying a fine home at No. 1414 Montgomery street. She is still the owner of valuable farming property and her farm is operated by a son. Mrs. Loynachan is a member of the Presbyterian church, which her husband attended and supported, and she also has membership with the Rebekahs of Knoxville.

To Mr. and Mrs. Loynachan were born three children: Oda May, now the wife of J. A. Hammond, mentioned elsewhere in this volume; Clark C., who was born in 1879 and married Bertha Rouze, by whom he has four children; and David H., who was born December 14, 1890, and married Ethel Whitlatch. They have one child, a daughter. Mr. Loynachan exercised his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day but was not an aspirant for office. He felt that the pursuits of private life were in themselves abundantly worthy of his best efforts and he concentrated his energies upon his farming with the result that he won a creditable place among the substantial citizens of Clay township and by his honorable business methods gained the respect and good will of all.

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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