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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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David Lint.

It is not the directing force of the single individual or even of several that has made Iowa the great agricultural state that it is today, but the combined efforts of the many farmers, each busily engaged in tilling his own land according to practical and progressive methods.  Their work has given Iowa precedence as a great agricultural state and their labors largely constitute the source of its wealth.  To this class belongs David Lint, of Walnut township, who was born in Pennsylvania June 10, 1845, a son of David and Mary (Burkey) Lint, who were also natives of the Keystone state.  The father, who was a farmer by occupation, removed westward to Polk county, Iowa, in 1853 and there purchased and improved land, devoting his remaining days to its cultivation.  He died June 10, 1855, and his widow, long surviving him, passed away in March, 1912, at the very remarkable old age of one hundred years.

David Lint was reared and educated in Polk county, where he arrived when a little lad of but seven summers.  He remained with his mother until he reached the age of eighteen years, when he began working as a farm hand in the neighborhood, being thus employed for seven years.  At the end of that time he began renting land and after three years removed to Adair county, where he invested his earnings in eighty acres of land on section 36, Walnut township.  This he at once began to develop and improve, continuing to operate that tract for seven years.  On the expiration of that period he sold his place and bought the Dunbar farm of one hundred and sixty acres, which he cultivated for ten years.  On disposing of that property he became owner of one hundred and sixty acres on section 34, Walnut township, and at once began the further development of the land.  His labors have wrought a marked transformation in the appearance of the farm and in its productiveness, so that he now annually harvests good crops.  He also raises high grade stock and thereby adds materially to his income.

On the 7th of November, 1867, Mr. Lint was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Harrison, a daughter of Lanson and Elizabeth (Keeney) Harrison, who were natives of Indiana, whence they removed to Iowa, settling in Polk county in 1852.  There the father purchased land, which he cultivated for several years.  At the time of the Civil war he enlisted in Des Moines and was for two years engaged in active duty at the front.  When his military service was over he again took up farming in Polk county, where he remained until 1874, when he came to Adair county and bought land, which he cultivated for several years, but finally retired from active business life and removed to Greenfield, where his last days were passed.  His wife has also departed this life.

To Mr. and Mrs. Lint have been born three children:  Oscar, deceased;  and John and George, at home.  The sons assist their father in carrying on the work of the home farm.  The wife and mother passed away August 9, 1913, after an illness of six weeks, leaving behind her many friends, who esteemed her for her attractive qualities.

In his political views Mr. Lint is a republican, while his religious faith is that of the Methodist church.  His Christian belief is the guiding force in his life and has made his course one of uprightness and honor, so that only good words are said of him by the friends and neighbors among whom he has long resided.  In a business way his career too has been most creditable, for he started out to earn his living as a farm hand and has steadily worked his way upward, gaining for himself a creditable position among those to whom success has come as the merited reward of earnest, honest labor.



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