Biography of S. W. Gray
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S. W. GRAY.
In his early boyhood S. W. Gray came with his parents to Poweshiek county and ever since that time he has been a resident of this county. He is now a prosperous farmer of Washington township who, by his upright character, well applied industry and sound business judgment, has gained the respect of the entire community.

He is a native of Davenport, Iowa, and was born October 8, 1870, a son of Herman C. and Almeda (Booth) Gray. The father was born in Holmes county, Ohio, May 30, 1822, and the mother in one of the eastern states. They were married at Valparaiso, Indiana. At the time of the Civil War Mr. Gray served faithfully in behalf of the Union. He was discharged at Davenport, following which he engaged in teaming for a number of years. In the spring of 1877 he came with his family to Poweshiek county and purchased the farm upon which his son, S. W., now lives. He died April to, 1902, having previously retired from active labors. The mother is now living at Grinnell. Mr. Gray was a man of exceptional character, who exercised a good influence upon all with whom he came in contact. Politically he was an ardent supporter of the republican party. He took an active part in politics and served as township trustee and also as school director. In religious belief he adhered to the Methodist church and for a number of years filled very acceptably the offices of trustee and steward in the church. There were eight children in the family and Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Gray, namely; Josie, who is deceased; Ella, the wife of Tilman Vestal, of Lynnville, Iowa; Herbert, who lives at Grinnell; Carrie, also deceased; Alfred and Ida, twins, the former now living in Montana and the later with her mother; S. W., our subject and Bert, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

S. W. Gray arrived in Poweshiek county with his parents when he was seven years of age and received his education in the public schools of Washington township. He assisted his father upon the home farm until attaining his majority, when he rented a farm for two years on his own account. He then purchased eighty acres in Washington township, which he cultivated to good advantage for five years and then disposed of, buying the old homestead of two hundred acres upon which he is now well established. He is a general farmer and stock raiser, paying special attention to the raising of horses and cattle, for which he has a rare aptitude.

On the 25th of June, 1893, Mr. Gray was married at Searsboro, to Miss Clara Spillman, a daughter of J. A. and Sarah (Vestal) Spillman, of Washington township. Mrs. Gray was born in Washington township, September 15, 1870. Her parents are both natives of North Carolina. The father settled in Poweshiek county about fifty years ago and is now living retired. The mother died about 1900. Mr. Spillman has for many years been identified with the Masonic order. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Gray, namely: Grace, who is deceased; and Farrell Ray, Robert and Addie, all of whom are at home.

Mr. Gray has never been a seeker after political office, but casts his vote for the republican party believing that its principles are highly important in advancing the permanent welfare of the state and nation. Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows, his membership being in the lodge at Searsboro. He has many friends in the order and also among men who are not identified with any fraternal organization. Genial in manner and pleasing in address, he easily makes his way wherever he desires to be known, and he enjoys the good will of all with whom he comes into contact.

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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