Thomas J. Neiswanger is the secretary and treasurer of the Harvey Brick & Tile Company, doing business at
Harvey, and as such occupies a leading position in business circles. He is a native of this state, his birth having
occurred Aug. 18, 1873, upon a farm near Washington. He was one of nine children, six of whom are living, while
three have passed away. Their parents were Samuel and Margaret (Thompson) Neiswanger, who were of German and Scotch
descent, respectively. The mother has been called to her final rest but the father survives and makes his home
with his son Thomas.
The last named started out in life on his own account when comparatively young. At the age of nineteen years he
left home and learned the baker's trade, which he followed for a time but subsequently began dealing in building
materials at Washington, Iowa. In April, 1904., he came to Marion county and organized the company and established
the business now conducted under the name of the Harvey Brick & Tile Company. This concern has built up quite
a wide and enviable reputation because of the quality of the "Harvey Block" and its products are shipped
extensively over Iowa and nearby states. The business has been incorporated and is capitalized for twenty one thousand
dollars. It is today recognized as one of the substantial manufacturing concerns of the county and its patronage
is growing year by year.
Mr. Neiswanger was married in Washington county, Iowa, January 17, 1894, to Miss Estella W. England, who was also
born in Washington county, Iowa. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. England and her father is a retired farmer
and an early settler of that county. She was graduated from the Washington high school and taught for a year before
her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Neiswanger are the parents of five children: Richard E., Samuel O., Gladys M., Everett
A. and Thomas H. Politically Mr. Neiswange is republican, though progressive. Fraternally he is a member of the
Masonic chapter and commandery at Knoxville and of the shrine at Des Moines, and Mrs. Neiswanger belongs to the
Order of the Eastern Star. He has also been a member of various other social orders. He is interested in public
affairs and is one of the progressive men of his community. He stands at all times for advancement and improvement
and his efforts have been an element in promoting public progress.
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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