ALVIN D. RAYL.
A well kept farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Washington township which conveys the impression of comfort
and prosperity is the homestead of Alvin D. Rayl. He was born in this township April 24, 1864, a son of Hymelius
and Sarah J. (Macy) Rayl. The father was born in North Carolina, March 25, 1827, and the mother in Indiana. They
were married in the latter state, and later came to Poweshiek county and established a home in Sugar Creek township.
Subsequently they moved to Washington township, upon eighty acres, and after a few years the farm was increased
by the addition of sixty five acres. As old age approached they made their home with the subject of this review
where the father is now living, Mrs. Ray having been called away December 18, 1901. Mr. Rayl is a member of the
Society of Friends and in politics adheres to the republican party. In their family were eight children, namely:
William C., of Newton, Iowa; Charles T., who is now living with the subject of this review; Jabez H., of Union
county, Iowa; Jesse M., of Post, Iansas; Esther A., the wife of Luther Stanley, of Jasper county; Alvin D.; Estella,
the wife of Harry Thompson, of Poweshiek county; and Barclay H., who resides in Texas.
Alvin D. Rayl received his education in the district schools of Washington township and at the Lynnville high school.
After completing his education he assisted his father upon the home farm until reaching his majority, and then
rented land upon his own account in Washington. township. After acquiring sufficient capital he purchased sixty
five acres and, in 1894, bought eighty acres of his father's land, to which he added another tract of eighty acres,
disposing of the sixty five acres which he originally owned. His farm which comprises one hundred and sixty acres
presents a neat and thrifty appearance and gives evidence of a high state of cultivation and abundant annual returns.
He makes a specialty of raising hogs for the market and as he follows progressive modern methods he is highly successful.
On the 25th of December, 1901, Mr. Rayl was married to Miss Molly J. Revis, a daughter of J. W. and Catherine Revis,
of Grinnell, Iowa. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Rayl: Elsie, who was born April 4, 1903; Delbert,
born June 6, 1905; and Thelma, born July 9, 1907.
Mr. Rayl has engaged in farming since his boyhood, and having early been thoroughly instructed in farm work and
management he has avoided many mistakes of those less thoroughly trained and is now enjoying the fruits of years
of patient and carefully directed industry. In political belief he gives his allegiance to the republican party
and has served very acceptably as a member of the school board. He is a stanch supporter of Christianity and holds
membership in the Society of Friends, an organization in which he was reared and whose principles in an important
degree have been his guide through life. Possessing qualities which win success in business and the confidence
of his associates, he enjoys the good will of his neighbors and of all who know him.
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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