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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Troy F. Comly.

The attractiveness of Adair county as a place of residence is indicated in the fact that many of her native sons have remained within her borders since attaining adult age, thoroughly content with the opportunities here offered and the business conditions which afford ample chance for the attainment of success. Such a one is Troy F. Comly, a representative young farmer of Walnut township, where he was born December 7, 1882.  Mention of his parents, Jesse R. and Alice (Buck) Comly, is made elsewhere in this volume in connection with the sketch of their son A. B. Comly.  No event of unusual importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for Troy F. Comly in his boyhood and youth.  He remained upon the old homestead, assisting his mother, following his father's death, and when the estate was divided in 1908 he received one hundred and eighty acres as his inheritance.  He had previously been employed at farm labor in the neighborhood for four years and his entire life has been an active one in which success has been the reward of earnest, persistent labor.  His farm is situated on section 29, Walnut township, and is a splendidly improved property, lacking in none of the accessories and conveniences of the model farm of the twentieth century.  He annually harvests good crops, for which he finds a ready sale on the market, and his business methods are at all times such as will bear the closest investigation and scrutiny.  He is also a stockholder in the Farmers Lumber Company at Casey.

On the 6th of March, 1907, Mr. Comly was joined in wedlock to Miss Elizabeth Petit, a daughter of William and May (Trego) Petit, natives of Illinois, who at an early day took up their abode in Cass county, Iowa.  Still later they were residents of Audubon county, Iowa, where the father engaged in farming for about twelve years.  He then retired from active business and he and his wife are now living in Anita.  Mr. and Mrs. Comly have become parents of two children, William and Harold, aged respectively six and four years.  The religious faith of the family is that the Society of Friends and the political belief of Mr. Comly is that of the republican party.  Both he and his wife are widely known for their many good traits of heart and mind, their fidelity to their convictions and their loyalty in friendship.  Theirs is a hospitable home and its good cheer is greatly enjoyed by those who know them.



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