Biography of Harry F. Lanphere
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Harry F. Lanphere is numbered among those whoa have made of the Citizens National Bank a well balanced and carefully conducted financial enterprise. He is filling the position of cashier and is proving a popular officer with the patrons of the bank, to whom he gives courteous and faithful attention, while at the same time he is most loyal to the best interests of the institution and its stockholders. Iowa claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred in Davenport, on the firth of November, 1870. His parents were William H., and Esther (Canfield) Lanphere, both of whom were natives of Cattaraugus county, New York, where they were reared and married. The opportunities of the west attracted him, however, and in 1855 they came to Iowa, settling first in Davenport. On reaching manhood William H. Lanphere became express messenger on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, at which time Grinnell was the terminus of the line. Later he became identified with mercantile interests, going upon the road as a traveling salesman. He represented various houses in the state of Iowa and became widely and favorably known to the trade. He died in 1898, at the age of sixty eight years, his birth having occurred in 1830. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and a man well known throughout the state of Iowa through his fraternal and business relations. His social qualities and genuine worth commended him to the confidence and good will of all, and few men have had more warm friends. His wife survived him for about ten years, passing away in 1908.

Harry F. Lanphere was reared under the parental roof and the public schools afforded him his educational privileges. The family removed from Davenport to Grinnell in 1884 and he continued his studies in Grinnell high school, thus acquiring a fair practical education to equip him for life's responsible. duties. In January, 1889, two months after having attained his eighteenth year, he entered the First National Bank of Grinnell as bookkeeper and served in that capacity for about three and a half years, when he was made teller. After filling that important position for eight years he resigned to enter the office of the Spaulding Manufacturing Company, with whom he was associated for about three years, when he resigned and engaged in the land business. In July, 1904, the First National Bank closed its doors and soon thereafter Mr. Lanphere, recognized that a favorable opportunity presented for the establishment of another banking enterprise in the city, organized the Citizens National Bank, and on the 12th of December, 1904, the new institution opened its doors for business. In the capacity of cashier Mr. Lanphere dictated its policy and has since been most active in its management, making it one of the strong financial enterpreises of Poweshiek county. A general banking business is conducted and the books of the company show a substantial balance. The safe, conservative policy instituted has won the confidence of the public and its patronage is steadily increasing.

On the 26th of November, 1891, Mr. Lanphere was married to Miss Kate Yost Grinnell, a daughter of Ezra H. Grinnell, and niece of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, the founder of the town which bears his name. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Lanphere have been born two children, Pauline and Katharine.

Mr. Lanphere is well known in several fraternal and social organizations. holding membership in Herman Lodge, No. 273, A. F. & A. M., Palestine Chapter, R. A. M., and Grinnell Lodge, No. t75, K. P. He also belongs to Franklin Club, is a member of the Poweshiek Club and of the Grant Club of Des Moines. He is one of Grinnell's most prominent and best known men, actuated in all that he does by a spirit of enterprise and progress and seeking the public good as well as individual advancement in all of his business affairs. What he has accomplished represents the fit utilization of his innate talents and powers. He has worked his way upward along a path that is clear and open and though difficulties and obstacles have beset him, as they do in every business career, he has overcome these by persistent purpose and stands today among the representative men of Poweshiek county.

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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