L. E. NAGLEY.
The fanning interests of this state have always been in the hands of energetic and enterprising men and the soil
has graciously responded to their efforts, surrounding those who have trusted to it with a measure of prosperity
which enables them to enjoy the comforts of life with no fear for the future. Among those who have been successful
in tilling the soil here is L. E. Nagley, who operates a valuable farm in Washington township. He is a native of
Madison county, Ohio, born May 11, 1862, and a son of William and Mary (Bradley) Nagley. His father, who is also
a native of that county, removed to Kirksville, Missouri, in 1865, and there he engaged in general agriculture
until he departed this life three years later. He was a distant relative of General Nagley, who lives in Moberly,
Missouri, at the advanced age of ninety seven years. The mother of our subject was also born in Madison county,
Ohio, where she was married, and she passed away at Piqua, that state, in 1900, her remains being there interred.
She had three children, namely: L. E.; William Harley, a restaurant keeper of Arkansas; and F. I., and agriculturist
of that state. Upon the death of her husband, Mrs. Nagley wedded G. W. Looney, by whom she had four children: George,
an agriculturist of Miami county, Ohio; L. W., who follows farming in Piqua, that state; William, a telegraph operator
residing in Indiana; and Earl, a veterinary surgeon of Piqua, Ohio.
In his native town L. E. Nagley was accorded the advantage of an education in the common schools and remained under
the parental roof until he was twenty five years of age. At that period of his life he commenced farming, which
occupation he has since pursued with the exception of six months spent as a clerk in a general merchandise store.
To this county he came in i888, locating on one hundred acres of land in section 1, Washington township, upon which
he has made all of the present improvements, his farm receiving excellent attention and indicating that its owner
is thrifty and progressive. He follows general farming, raising various crops and also engaging in stock breeding,
raising cattle and hogs in particular. He also carries on a lucrative shipping business.
In 1888 Mr. Nagley was united in marriage to Miss Ida A. Phillips and they have one daughter, Mary Ethel, who lives
with her parents. Mr. Nagley's political views are with the republican party and he is loyal to its candidates
particularly at national and state elections, and, taking quite an interest in local affairs, he has served the
township as trustee for the past seven years. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and also to the Methodist
Episcopal church, of which his wife and daughter are also members, and he deserves mention among Washington township's
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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