John Wesley McClain, Jr., owns and operates a finely improved farm of eighty acres on section 5, Knoxville township,
where he has resided since 1902. He was born on a farm just south of his present home on the 4th of April, 1872,
a son of John Wesley and Lucinda (Saha) McClain, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. They had seven
children, all of whom are still living.
John W. McClain, Jr., was reared in Knoxville township and attended the Lincoln school in the acquirement of an
education. During the years of his boyhood and youth he also gained a practical knowledge of agriculture through
assisting his father with the work of the homestead and by the time that he was grown he had become an efficient
farmer. He has never seen any reason to change his occupation and is today recognized as one of the successful
agriculturists of his township. He not only raises grain but also feeds considerable stock annually and finds both
branches of his work profitable. His present farm has been in his possession since 1902 and is in a high state
of cultivation, while everything upon the place is kept in a fine condition.
On the 19th of February, 1896, Mr. McClain was united in marriage with Miss Cora Pitman, who is a representative
of a pioneer family of the county and was reared near Pleasantville. They have a daughter, Lorene, born February
1, 1899, and is attending St. Joseph's Academy at Des Moines.
The family attend the Eden Methodist Episcopal church, of which the daughter is a member. Mr. McClain is a democrat
and has held various local offices, including that of member of the school board. Socially he belongs to the Masonic
order and has attained the Knight Templar degree therein, being a charter member of the commandery at Knoxville.
Both he and his wife are members of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was formerly identified with the Modern Woodmen
of America, but is not now a member off that organization. His father was one of those pioneers who laid the foundation
for the development of the county and he is just as efficiently performing the work that it is given to the present
generation to do in advancing the interests of his locality. All who know him hold him in high esteem and his friends
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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