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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Washington I. Darrow.

Washington I. Darrow carries on general farming on section 30, Eureka township, where he has lived continuously since 1903.  He was born in Jones county, Iowa, in December, 1878, and is a son of George and Louis (Smith) Darrow, both of whom were natives of New York.  In an early day the father came to this state, settling in Dubuque county, where he engaged in farming for ten years.  He then removed to Jones county, where he purchased land and improved a farm, continuing the cultivation and further development of that place throughout his remaining days.  He died in January, 1910, while his wife, who survives, is yet living in Jones county.

Washington I. Darrow was reared and educated in Jones county and remained with his parents until he attained his majority.  On starting out in life on his own account he worked as a farm hand for four years, but it was his ambition and his purpose to engage in farming for himself and to that end he carefully saved his earnings, practicing economy as well as industry.  In 1903 he came to Adair county and invested the capital which he had saved in eighty acres of land on section 30, Eureka township.  Later he bought forty acres adjoining and he at once began to develop and improve his land, which he has since cultivated.  The result of his labors is seen in good crops, which bring to him a gratifying annual income.  His farm methods are practical and his unremitting labors bring him substantial returns.

In February, 1903, Mr. Darrow was united in marriage to Miss Nettie J. Head, a daughter of Edward and Mahala (Mayberry) Head, natives of Jackson county, Iowa.  Her parents removed to Jones county at an early day, since which time her father has there engaged in the development and improvement of an excellent farm.  The mother, however, has passed away.  To Mr. and Mrs. Darrow has been born one child, Edward I., now eleven years of age.

The parents are Baptists in their religious faith and are loyal to the teachings of the church.  In his political views Mr. Darrow is a republican and keeps well informed concerning the chief political problems of the country, but he does not seek nor desire office, feeling that his time is fully occupied by his farming interests.  He has worked earnestly and persistently as the years have gone on and his efforts have been attended by a gratifying measure of success.



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