Jay R. Orcutt, conducting a general hardware and implement business in Searsboro, Iowa, is meeting with success
in this line of activity and at the same time his efforts have been a factor in the commercial development of the
town. He is a native of Poweshiek county, his birth having occurred in Sheridan township on the 9th of May, 1883,
his parents being Lewis and Anna D. (Hartzell) Orcutt. The father was born in Rome, New York, on the 27th of May,
1836, and the mother in Rock Island, Illinois, January 20, 1849. Early in life they came to Poweshiek county, locating
in Sheridan township. The father was a farmer by occupation and was the owner of a well developed farm, to the
cultivation of which he gave his attention until the time of his demise. He passed away in 1885. His wife still
survives him and makes her home in Grinnell. Mr. Orcutt was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is also
Mrs. Orcutt, and he gave his political support to the republican party. In their family were three children, namely:
Helen Mildred, who was born January 18, 1880, and passed away August 5, 1887; Lewis Percival, born October 27,
1881, whose death occurred August 5, 1900; and Jay Reginald, of this review. By a former marriage Mr. Orcutt had
three children: Detta, deceased; Charles, of Grinnell; and Frank, of Minnesota.
In the school of Sheridan township and Grinnell, Iowa, Jay R. Orcutt received an excellent education, passing through
consecutive grades, and later entered the college at Grinnell, from which he was graduated. With this good general
information to serve as a preparation for life's practical and responsible duties he took his first step in the
business world in connection with the real estate and insurance business, in which he was associated with J. J.
Muller for about one year. At the expiration of that period he accepted a position as travelling salesman for the
Gale Manufacturing Company of Albion, Michigan, and was on the road for two years, after which, on the 17th of
July, 1908, he purchased the hardware stock of Moody & Son, in Searsboro, and has since conducted business
on his own account. He has greatly increased his stock and now deals in hardware, agricultural implements, builders'
supplies, etc., and his trade is constantly growing in volume and importance, being one of the prosperous enterprises
of this town. He is a shrewd young business man and his ability and untiring efforts have added much to the growth
of trade in this community.
Mr. Orcutt is a member of the Masonic lodge at Lynnville, Jasper county, and in politics is a stalwart republican,
now serving as a member of the town council. He is progressive and public spirited in citizenship and a strong
advocate of advancement and improvement in connection with local affairs. Although numbered among the younger generation
of business men in Sugar Creek township he has, however, attained an enviable position in commercial circles, and
his keen business insight, exceptional enterprise and his progressive spirit will undoubtedly win for him continued
success in the future.
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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