Biography of Daniel A. McTaggart
Marion County, IA Biographies





DANIEL A. McTAGGART.
For the past seventeen years Daniel A. McTaggart has lived retired at Knoxville but for many years was actively engaged as a farmer and stockman. He has lived in Marion county since 1864 and is widely known and highly respected. He was born in Washington county, Ohio, in 1846, a son of Neil and Catherine (Loynachan) McTaggart, who were born in Argyleshire, Scotland, and came to America in their youth, settling in Washington county, Ohio, where they were married. The father followed farming there until 1864, when he removed to this county, where he likewise devoted his time to agricultural pursuits. He died here in 1894, when eighty-three years of age. The mother passed away in Ohio while still young. Both were Presbyterians but the father in his later life became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. To their union were born nine children, of whom four sons survive, the brothers of our subject being: A. H., a resident of Illinois; and E. D. and E. H., both living in Omaha, Nebraska.

Daniel A. McTaggart was reared and educated in Ohio and there learned approved methods of agriculture under the instruction of his father. He accompanied the latter to this county in 1864, when a youth of eighteen years, and has since resided here. After his marriage, which occurred in 1871, he purchased a tract of land eight miles east of Knoxville, paying twelve dollars and a half per acre. He began with limited resources but as he worked industriously, managed his business affairs well and saved something every year, he prospered financially and from time to time added to his land until he eventually became one of the substantial residents of the county. He still owns four hundred acres of land in Knoxville and Clay townships and owns his fine residence in the city of Knoxville, which he erected himself, and also has other residence property in the city.

Mr. McTaggart was married in 1871 to Miss Louisa J. Harsin, who was born in this county, April 17, 1851, a daughter of G. W. and Emily (Idler) Harsin. Her father was born and reared in Kentucky but in 1843 came to this county and took up a claim two miles north of the present site of Durham and nine miles east of Knoxville. His farm comprised some three hundred acres of land. He resided there until his death, which occurred in 1893, when he was seventy-two years of age. His enterprise is indicated by the fact that in order to be able to do business with the Dutch colony in this county he assisted the Rev. Mr. Scholte and learned the Dutch language from him. Mr. Harsin was a Methodist in his religious belief, as was his wife, who was of English descent and died November 3o, 1914, at eighty-five years of age. Her memory was unimpaired and she was remarkably active for one of her years. In the Harsin family were five children including Mrs. McTaggart, the others being: F. M., of Rocky Ford, Colorado; G. G., of Nampa, Idaho; J. D., living near Durham, this county; and Minnie, who resides in Knoxville. Mrs. McTaggart was reared in this county and was a school teacher for a number of years. She and her sisters were taught to card wool and also to spin and weave, an accomplishment rare in this day. Mr. and Mrs. McTaggart have two children: Blanche, who is at home and is teaching school in Knoxville; and Katie, also at home.

Mr. McTaggart is a republican and is keenly interested in matters of public concern. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his wife and daughters are members of the Rebekahs. His residence, which is at No. 702 Roche street, is one of the commodious and well designed homes of Knoxville and is a frequent meeting Place for the many friends of the family. The parents and daughters are all identified with the forces that make for civic advancement and the welfare of the community and are esteemed by all who know them.

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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