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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Orley Holmes.

Orley Holmes, who has been actively identified with agricultural pursuits in Adair  county for more than a quarter of a century, enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the substantial farmers of Jefferson township, owning one hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land on section 24.  His birth occurred in Peoria county, Illinois, on the 2d of July, 1853, has parents being Walter and Ann (Twitchell) Holmes, who were born, reared and married in Oswego, New York.  The mother of our subject was the second wife of Walter Holmes.  Leaving the Empire state, they took up their abode in Peoria county, Illinois, and there spent the remainder of their lives.

Orley Holmes was reared to manhood under the parental roof and attended the district schools in the acquirement of an education.  After attaining his majority he started out as an agriculturist on his own account and for several years cultivated rented land in his native county.  Subsequently he bought a farm of eighty acres in Livingston county, Illinois, but after three wet seasons sought a more favorable location and in 1889 came to Adair county, Iowa, having here purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres two years previously.  On this place he has made his home continuously since and has extended its boundaries by additional purchase until it now embraces one hundred and sixty acres on section 24, Jefferson township.  During the past several years, however, the property has been operated by a tenant, as Mr. Holmes has devoted his attention to ditching and tiling, having tiled many of the farms in this and adjoining counties.  His undertakings have been attended with well merited success and he has long been numbered among the prosperous and representative citizens of the community.

In his political views Mr. Holmes is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party.  Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Stuart Lodge No. 214, and Stuart Encampment No. 81.  His life has been well spent and in every relation he has been honorable and upright, winning for himself the warm regard of his fellow citizens.



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