Biography of Jesse L. Fellows
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JESSE L. FELLOWS.
The success which follows close application and ready appreciation for and utilization of opportunities has come to Jesse L. Fellows, who is now manager of the Grinnell Washing Machine Company and a financial, if not an active, factor in several other business enterprises. He was born in Vinton, Benton county, Iowa, November 28, 1878, a son of E. G. and Lottie A. (Wilder) Fellows, both of whom were natives of Canandaigua, New York, where they were married in 1869. They came to Iowa in 1870, settling in Vinton, and the father, who was a photographer, conducted a gallery in that city for a number of years. He came to Grinnell in 1889, since which time he has served in the capacity of engineer for public schools.

Jesse L. Fellows was reared at home and pursued his education in Grinnell Academy' and Grinnell College, being graduated from the latter with the B. S. degree in the class of 1901. His school days over, he went to North Dakota and became local agent at Bowbells and later at Sherwood for the Stoltze Lumber Company, with which he remained for about five years.

While residing in Sherwood Mr. Fellows was united in marriage on the 28th of June, 1905, to Miss Maude B. Young, of Clarion, Iowa, and in 1907 returned to Grinnell, where he purchased an interest in the lumber firm of Carney, Brande & Clark. On the reorganization of the business the firm name of Clark & Fellows was assumed and the partnership was maintained for two years, after which Mr. Fellows sold his interest and for a year following was engaged in no business. However, during that period he awaited a favorable opportunity for reentrance into commercial life and became a stockholder of the Grinnell Washington Machine Company on its organization in 1908. He was at that time elected a director of the company but not until the fall of 1909 did he become active in the business. He was then called upon to assume the management of the enterprise and so continued until January, 1910, when he secured a new manager. This arrangement, however, proved unsatisfactory and he again took up the management of the business of which he now has charge. His sound judgment, his keen insight into conditions and possibilities and his unfaltering energy have proved strong forces in the successful conduct of the enterprise, which is recognized today as one of growing and substantial importance. He also has other investments in business affairs and is regarded as one of the prominent and leading men of the city, his labors constituting an important element in the promotion of trade interests in Iowa.

Mr. Fellows is a member of Grinnell Lodge, No. 175, K. P., and also of the Modern Woodmen camp. He is deeply interested in everything that pertains to the welfare and progress of his town and his cooperation can always be counted upon to further measures for the public good. He has, moreover, an interesting military chapter in his life history, for at the end of his sophomore year in college he responded to the country's call and enlisted for service in the Spanish-American war, becoming a member of Company G, Forty ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. The regiment spent one year in Cuba and after the cessation of hostilities he received his discharge and returned home, resuming his college work where he had laid it down. In politics he has been a stanch republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise but has never been an office seeker. He belongs to the Congregational church and his influence is always found on the side of progress and improvement. Although a young man, he has made for himself a very creditable position in business circles and Grinnell places his name high on the list of her energetic and progressive business men.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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