H. W. Ward, a worthy native son and representative merchant of Marion county, is the proprietor of a general
store and meat market at Harvey and is meeting with well merited success in the conduct of his business. His birth
occurred on the 22d of November, 1876, his parents being Jeremiah and Mary (Cox) Ward, both of whom were natives
of Indiana. They came to Iowa in the '60s and the mother is still living here, but the father has passed away.
Their two children survive.
H. W. Ward received a high school education in his youth but started out to earn his own livelihood at the early
age of twelve years, working at farm labor until he had attained his majority. He then secured employment in the
Morrell packing house at Ottumwa and subsequently returned to this county, becoming railroad agent for the Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company at Harvey. On July 4, 1903, he embarked in business on his own account
as a merchant of Harvey, where he has since conducted a general store and meat market, being accorded a gratifying
patronage in both branches of his business. He owns a substantial residence and two lots in Harvey and is widely
recognized as a prosperous and esteemed citizen of the community.
In 1902 Mr. Ward was united in marriage to Miss Edith M. Harrington, a native of Marion county and a daughter of
Thomas N. and Mary (Loynachan) Harrington, the former having passed away. They had ten children, eight of whom
are yet living. To Mr. and Mrs. Ward have been born two children, Marvin Reed and Merlyn Watson. Mr. Ward gives
his political allegiance to the republican party and has ably served as a member of the city council and also in
the capacity of school director. He and his wife attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church and are
well known and highly esteemed for their many excellent traits of character. They have spent their entire lives
in this part of the state and have a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
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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