Elba B. Lamborn, a prominent and progressive farmer of Franklin township, owning and operating two hundred and
forty acres of fine land, was born in Champaign county, Ohio, on the 28th of May, 1850, and is a son of Nathan
and Laura (Burnham) Lamborn. The father was born in Chadds Ford, Chester county, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1824, and
the mother in Champaign county, Ohio, March 2, 1823. The father was eleven years of age when he removed with his
parents to Ohio and in that state he grew to manhood. At the age of eighteen he was apprenticed to a carpenter
and worked for three years for his board and clothing, after which he followed his trade in Champaign county until
1855. In that year he came to Iowa and in the spring purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land. He returned
to Champaign county and brought his family to Iowa, settling first in Hardin, where he engaged in the grocery business
for two years. In 1863 he took up his residence upon his farm and continued its development and improvement until
his death, which occurred May to, 1907. He was prominent and well known in local public affairs, serving for a
number of years as township trustee and as township clerk, and in his passing this section lost one of its earliest
pioneers and one of its most valued and representative citizens. He and his wife became the parents of two children,
the elder of whom died in Ohio at the age of three years.
Elba B. Lamborn was still a child when his parents came to Iowa and in the public schools of Hardin and Waukon
he acquired his education, attending school during the winter of 1868-9 with E. M. Hancock. Later Mr. Lamborn attended
a business college in Milwaukee, conducted by R. C. Spencer, and after laying aside his books he remained upon
the homestead, assisting his father with its operation until 1871. In that year he removed to Luana, where for
a time he clerked in a store but later engaged in various occupations until 1881, when he opened a mercantile enterprise
of his own in that city, continuing active in its conduct for four years thereafter. In 1885 he sold out and after
residing on the farm for a short time went to Chicago, where in 1888 and 1889 he was employed by the American Express
Company in their transfer department. He returned to Iowa at his father's request, the latter's health being in
an impaired condition, and took charge of the homestead, continuing to develop and improve it along modern, practical
lines until November, 19o8, when he purchased the property upon which he now resides, his youngest son taking charge
of the original farm. Mr. Lamborn owns two hundred and forty acres of fine land in Franklin township and he has
improved this with substantial barns and outbuildings, a comfortable residence and all the equipment necessary
to facilitate the work of the fields. He and his son operate the two farms together, carrying on general agricultural
pursuits and giving a great deal of attention to the breeding and raising of high grade stock.
Mr. Lamborn has been twice married. On the 17th of December, 1872, he wedded Miss Mary J. Van Kirk, who was born
in Danville, Illinois, November 11, 1852, a daughter of Enos M. and Catherine (Carithers) Van Kirk, natives of
Vermilion county, Illinois. They removed to Kankakee county, the same state, and there the father engaged in farming
until his death. Mrs. Lamborn passed away on the 14th of July, 1890, leaving three children. Belle was born on
the 7th of September, 1875, and married Charles H. Simonds, engaged in the ice and coal business in Momence, Illinois.
Harry V., born June 7, 1878, is now foreman in the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company's works in Minneapolis. He married
Misa Helen E. Jacobson. The youngest son, Don E., was born March 9, 1890, and is now cultivating the family homestead.
He married Miss Libbie M. Clark on the 27th of January, 1913. Mr. Lamborn's second marriage occurred on the 4th
of June, 1894, when he wedded Miss Gertrude Eliza McClintock, born in Winneshiek county, near Frankville, on the
26th of April, 1869. She is a daughter of William and Ann (Cleverley) McClintock, the former born in Pennsylvania,
near Philadelphia, and the latter in London, England, about the year 1840. Her father has passed away, his death
having occurred in 1871, when he was seventy one years of age. By his second marriage Mr. Lamborn has one daughter,
Imo A., who was born on the 27th of July, 1902. She is attending district school No. 4 at North Grove, two miles
distant from her father's farm, and has not missed a day or been tardy once in nineteen weeks.
Mr. Lamborn is a member of the Modem Brotherhood of America and he gives his political allegiance to the republican
party. For eight years he did excellent work as township clerk but has never aspired to public office, although
he is progressive and loyal in matters of citizenship. In this section where a great deal of his life has been
passed he is well known and highly respected, his genuine personal worth and sterling qualities of character having
gained for him the esteem and regard of all who are associated with him.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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