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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Albert R. Handley.

Albert R. Handley, who is well known in this county, is successfully operating an excellent farm on section 17, Prussia township.  He was born in Carroll county, August 2, 1879, and is a son of Richard G. and Eliza (Blazer) Handley, the former a native of West Virginia and the latter of Pennsylvania.  The father was taken to Cedar county, Iowa, by his parents when he was a small boy and there grew to manhood.  On beginning his independent career  he farmed in Carroll county, but a year later removed to Adair county and purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Prussia township.  Subsequently he bought an additional eighty-acre tract and gave his time to the cultivation of his land until 1910, when he removed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is now living.  He has long survived his wife, who died in 1889.

Albert R. Handley was reared and educated in this county and received good educational advantages, as, after completing the high-school course, he entered the Highland Park College of Des Moines.  He paid his own way through school by working as a farm hand for fourteen dollars per month.  In his early manhood he also worked for some time on the railroad and was also employed in packing houses and on boats.  In 1906 he removed to his father-in-law's place in Prussia township, which he has since operated.  In addition to growing the usual crops he raises stock, feeding about a carload of cattle per year.

On the 9th of March, 1904, occurred the marriage of Mr. Handley and Miss Mabel Zook, who is a daughter of J. S. and Adeline (Law) Zook, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and of Illinois.  In 1878 they came to Adair county and the father purchased land in Eureka township, which he operated until 1904, when he retired and removed to Adair, where he is still living.  He owns four hundred and eighty acres of fine land in Eureka and Prussia townships and is one of the well-to-do men of the county.  Mr. and Mrs. Handley have become the parents of four children:  Ernest;  Elsie;  Maude;  and Granville, who died in June, 1913.

Mr. Handley is a stalwart supporter of the democratic party and takes a keen interest in public affairs.  He is now serving as secretary of the school board and in that capacity is doing much to further the progress of the local schools.  Fraternally he belongs to the subordinate lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his religious faith is that of the Methodist church.  He is one of the energetic and progressive young farmers of Prussia township and is meeting with a gratifying measure of success in his chosen occupation.



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