JAMES W. NORRIS.
The fine condition of his farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section it, Union township, indicates the energy
and good management of James W. Norris, a well known agriculturist of this county. He pays considerable attention
to the raising of stock and has registered animals at the head of his herd. He was born in Delaware county, Ohio,
on the 13th of August, 1872, a son of Charles T. and Minnie (McMaster) Norris. The father was born in Delaware
county in 1841 and the mother, who was a native of the same county, was born in 1846. They were married in the
Buckeye state and came to Iowa in 1874, settling in Harrison county. They subsequently removed to Oklahoma and
thence to the state of Washington, where they now live. To their union were born eight children, the subject of
this review being the fourth in order of birth. All are living save one. The father fought for two or three years
in the Civil war as a member of the Sixty sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was honorably discharged at the end
of that time as he had been crippled in the service.
James W. Norris was brought to Iowa by his parents when but two and one half years old and was educated in Monona
county, first attending the country schools and later the Onawa high school. At the age of twenty one his father
admitted him to partnership in the operation of the home farm and when twenty six years of age he was married to
Miss Wanda Teter, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Harriett) Teter, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work.
Her father was born in Union township, this county, in October, 855, and her mother in Ohio. They were married
in Iowa and all of their children were born in the same house in this county. Both Mr. and Mrs. Teter are still
living. Mrs. Norris is the second in order of birth in their family of eight and her natal day was June 1, 1881.
The family subsequently removed to Kansas, where she was educated. She was married to Mr. Norris in Oklahoma in
1899 and they resided there for four years and for two years made their home in Kansas.
In 1905 they came to this county and Mr. Norris purchased the farm which he now owns and operates. He has made
all of the improvements upon the place and it is one of the well developed and valuable farms of the county. He
follows general farming and raises a high grade of stock, having registered animals at the head of his herd. He
is a democrat in his political belief and is much interested in all that pertains to the public welfare. The sincerity
of his life and the uprightness of his purpose have gained him the respect and esteem of all who have been brought
in contact with him.
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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