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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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James H. Hulbert.

James H. Hulbert

With agricultural and financial interests in Adair county, James H. Hulbert was closely and prominently associated and figured for many years as one of its leading and respected citizens.  He was a native of Ohio and came to Adair county in early manhood, in the year 1867.  He took up his abode in Washington township, where he subsequently purchased the homestead property which had been entered by his father-in-law, Joseph Dunlap, from the government.  J. H. Hulbert was one of the first cattle feeders of Adair county and became a conspicuous figure in connection with the cattle trade of the state.  As his financial resources increased he kept adding to his real-estate holdings until he was an extensive landowner, having in the late '80s and in the early '90s almost four thousand acres of land, all of which was operated under his direct and immediate supervision.  He became the largest individual farmer of southwestern Iowa and his efforts were a most important element in the agricultural development of his part of the state.  There was no such word as fail in all his vocabulary and difficulties and obstacles seemed but to serve as an impetus for renewed effort on his part.  In 1880, while only approaching the zenith of his activities, he removed into Fontanelle, where he afterward maintained his residence.  He was one of the principal factors in the organization of the First National Bank of that place and became its largest stockholder.  He was justly accounted the foremost citizen of his community and was honored and respected by all not only on account of the success he achieved but also owing to the straightforward business policy which he ever followed, his actions at all times measuring up to the high standards which govern strict and unswerving integrity and enterprise.

Mr. Hulbert was united in marriage, in this county, to Miss Mary L. Dunlap, a native of Illinois, who was brought by her parents to Iowa in 1854, during her early girlhood.  To them were born seven children, six of whom are yet living:  C. F.,  Mrs. Maggie L. Morley, Clio M., Mrs. Addie Gaches, Mrs. P. J. Faurote and J. H., Jr.  Mr. Hulbert established a home near Mount Vernon, Washington, where his widow now resides, adjoining the farm of her son, J. H. Hulbert.

In politics Mr. Hulbert, whose name introduces this review, was a stanch democrat, and while his opinions carried weight in the councils of his party and he was a public-spirited citizen, taking an active interest in all public affairs, he had no aspiration for office.  However, he served as county supervisor.  He was a prominent Mason of Iowa in early days and attained the Knight Templar degree of the York Rite.  When he passed away on the 9th of July, 1912, Adair county and in fact all of Iowa lost one of its representative and valued citizens --- a man whose efforts had been of the utmost importance in advancing the agricultural and other business interests of the state.



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