E. D. Forrhand was born on the farm where he now lives in Chester township, Poweshiek county, April 16, 1872,
and here he has spent his entire life except when absent attending school. He is a son of L. D. Forrhand, who was
born at Croydon, New Hampshire, and who migrated to the west in 1869. He settled in Poweshiek county, Iowa, and
was married to Mary J. Cocking, a native of Lincolnshire, England. Mr. Forrhand established his family upon a farm
in Chester township and prospered in his business, being an energetic and capable manager. His wife died in August,
1887, when E. D., the subject of this review, was fifteen years of age, and a few years later the father removed
to Grinnell. where he is now living retired. Of the original family but two children survive: E. D.; and Eva, who
married Harry Parsons, a farmer of Charles Mix county, South Dakota.
E. D. Forrhand, the subject of this review, attended the common schools and later the Iowa Business College at
Des Moines, graduating from that institution in 1890. He also took a short course of two years at Grinnell College
and laid the foundation of a literary education, upon which he has built by observation and reading. He continued
from his boyhood upon the old family homestead and has applied himself to excellent advantage, being now in charge
of a farm of one hundred and ninety four acres. It produces bountiful crops, as the land is kept in splendid condition.
He feeds stock for the market, and by working diligently and persistently and applying progressive methods he keeps
well at the front as an agriculturist and stock raiser.
On January 5, 1891, Mr. Forrhand was united in marriage, at Grinnell, to Miss Mina M. Harris, a daughter of Robert
and Ellen Harris, both of whom were born in Ireland. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Forrhand: Oliver
Leroy, a graduate of the high school at Chester Center; and Ruth Ellen, who is attending the high school.
Mr. Forrhand has made a careful study of political subjects and as a result gives his support to the republican
party, although he is not bound by party lines, often exercising independent proclivities in the selection of candidates.
He has served as road supervisor and school director, showing special adaptability for those positions. He is a
valued member of Lodge No. 291, M. W. A., of Grinnell. Possessing the advantages of good educational training in
his earlier years he has applied scientific methods to his work, and the result is to be perceived in the prosperous
appearance of his farm and the success that attends his undertakings.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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