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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John W. Norton.

John W. Norton, who owns a quarter section of fine land in Prussia township, is specializing in the raising of full-blooded Aberdeen Angus cattle and Berkshire hogs and has gained an enviable reputation in that connection.  He was born in Jackson township, this county, on the 10th of February, 1868, and is a son of Norman and Elvira (Lewis) Norton, both natives of New York.  They came to Adair county in 1861 and purchased land in Jackson township, which the father cultivated until 1894.  He then retired from active life and removed to Bridgewater, which remained his home until 1912, in which year he removed to Chicago, where he is now residing.  His first wife passed away in April, 1885, and in 1890 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Brunner, of Beloit, Kansas, who died in the fall of 1911 and was buried at Eureka Center.

John W. Norton was reared under the parental roof and received is education in the schools of Jackson township and of Fontanelle.  He remained with his parents until he was twenty-six years of age, when his marriage occurred.  As his father then retired, our subject continued to reside upon the home place, which he operated for six years.  At the end of that time he purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 20, Prussia township, where he has since made his home.  The farm was improved when it came into his possession, but he has still further developed it and it is one of the valuable places of his township.  He carries on general farming and stock-raising but pays especial attention to the breeding of thoroughbred Aberdeen Angus cattle and Berkshire hogs.  He is enterprising and progressive and his well directed labors yield him a good annual income.  He also owns stock in the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and the Farmers Lumber Company of Fontanelle.

Mr. Norton was united in marriage in February, 1894, to Miss Minnie Underwood, a daughter of Rufus and Lucy (Prine) Underwood, natives of Illinois, who removed to this county about 1875.  The father purchased a farm in Eureka township which he has since operated.  The mother also survives.  Mr. and Mrs. Norton have one child, Istia, nineteen years of age, who is attending school at Creston.

The republican party has in Mr. Norton a stalwart supporter, and he is equally loyal to the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he holds membership.  He devotes the greater part of his time to farm work but is always ready to cooperated in movements seeking the advancement of his community, and his public spirit, ability and probity have gained him the sincere respect of all who know him.



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