Biography of John B. Gorsuch
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John Bosley Gorsuch, who is numbered among the progressive and prosperous agriculturists of Jackson township, is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of Iowa. He Was born in that township on the t9th of November, 187t, and has spent almost his entire life within its borders. A son of Daniel L. and Mary J. (Murrow) Gorsuch, of whom mention is made on another page, he is one of seven surviving children in a family of twelve. He acquired his education in the schools of Jackson township and also received broad practical training under the direction of his father, for, reared amid the busy activities of rural life, he was early taught the value of industry, energy and perseverance. He remained on the home farm, giving his father the benefit of his assistance, until the time of his marriage after which he removed to Mahaska county and there resided from 1894 until 1897.

Mr. Gorsuch then returned to Poweshiek county and spent the following three years on a rented farm in Union township, at the end of which time he Ourchased his present home of one hundred acres, located on section 17, Jackson township. This place is a highly improved property, containing a comfortable dwelling, substantial outbuildings and all the conveniences necessary, and he is giving his time to the cultivation of grain together with stock raising. As a farmer he has been quite successful and, taking pride in the appearance of his farm, has added every improvement which may contribute to its neatness and fertility. He has also made such study of the soil as to enable him to so adapt his crops as to reap the maximum yied per acre. He has made of his farm a good paying proposition and prosperity has attended his efforts as the years have gone by, so that today he stands among the substantial and progressive agriculturists of Jackson township.

Mr. Gorsuch was united in marriage, on the nth of February, 1894, to Miss Blanche Wilkinson, who was born in Mahaska county, July 1, 1873, a daughter of John P. and Cynthia A. (Watkins) Wilkinson, residents of Barnes City, Iowa. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Gorsuch have been born two children, Ida F. and Thomas Daniel.

A lifelong republican, Mr. Gorsuch is now serving his third term as township trustee, in which position he is proving a most faithful and public spirited official. Fraternally he holds membership in Aztec Lodge, No. 238, K. P., at Montezuma. Having spent almost his entire life in this locality he has drawn around him a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who entertain for him unqualified respect and esteem, a fact which indicates that the principles which have actuated his conduct have ever been those which govern honorable manhood and desirable citizenship.

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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