Ralph H. Porter has been the proprietor of a large plumbing establishment in Knoxville since 1912 and has done
a great deal of work of that character in some of the best houses in the city. He was born in Mahaska county, Iowa,
on the 4th of October, 1885, a son of J. H. and Mary M. (Stoizer) Porter, both natives of Germany, who accompanied
their respective parents to this country. They settled in Iowa many years ago and were highly esteemed in their
locality. The father was a carpenter by trade and was known as an expert workman. He is deceased but his widow
survives and lives at Oskaloosa.
Ralph H. Porter attended the public schools and was graduated from the Beacon high school in due time. He subsequently
learned the plumbing business and in 1907 opened a shop of his own at Oskaloosa, where he remained for five years
but in 1912 sold his interests in that city and came to Knoxville and opened a shop. He employs four men regularly
and carries a full line of plumbing goods. He also sells and installs heating plants and all branches of his business
have proved remunerative. He is himself an expert workman and insists that all plumbing put in by his men shall
be properly installed and as a result the work for which he is responsible is invariably well done and gives satisfaction.
On the 11th of October, 1905, Mr. Porter married Miss Bessie Sowden, of Oskaloosa, a daughter of G. H. and M. J.
Sowden, the former of whom was for many years a farmer. To Mr. and Mrs. Porter has been born a daughter, Marjorie.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and can always be counted upon to contribute
their share of money and effort in the accomplishment of a worthy project. Mr. Porter is a republican in politics
and takes a citizen's interest in public affairs. His fraternal affiliation is with Oriental Lodge, No. 61, A.
F. & A. M.; Tadmor Chapter, No. 18, R. A. M.; and with the Knights of Pythias. He has achieved an unusual degree,
of success for one of his years and his energy and business ability presage still greater prosperity for him in
the future. Personally he is well liked and has many warm 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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