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|Perry O. Babcock
Born 1 May 1835
||PERRY O. BABCOCK occupies the important position of Sheriff of Jones County, to
which office he was elected on the Republican ticket in the fall of 1875. Mr.
Babcock is a native of New York, having been born in Chenango County, May 1,
1835. He is the son of Harry Babcock, also born in the Empire State, claiming
Otsego County as his native place. the paternal grandfather of our subject,
Jonathan Babcock by name, was born in one of the New England States, and served
as a patriot in the War of the Revolution.
Mrs. Joanna (Hill) Babcock, the mother of our subject, was also born in Otsego County, N.Y., and was the daughter of William Hill, a carpenter by trade. Perry O.,k of this sketch, was the fourth in order of birth of the parental family of eight children, including five sons and three daughters, only three of whom are now living. three sons served in the late war, two enlisting in a New York regiment, on of whom was killed in 1863.
The original of this sketch passed the first sixteen years of his life in his native county, being trained to farm pursuits, and attending the district school. He then apprenticed himself to learn the blacksmith's trade in Cortland County, and after mastering the business, in the fall of 1856, came to this state, residing for three years in Chickasaw County.
In 1859 Perry O. Babcock made his advent into Jones County, where he carried on his trade for some five years. He then established himself in the livery business, being the proprietor of a first-class stable, and having a good trade until the fall of 1875. He was then elected Sheriff of the county, holding the office continuously for six years. At the expiration of that time he again opened up a livery stable and while thus engaged was appointed Postmaster of Monticello, during Arthurs, administration.
Upon resigning his position as Postmaster, Mr. Babcock resumed blacksmithing, and was well known as an expert in that line throughout this section. Again, in 1893, however, he received the election as Sheriff on the Republican ticket, and is still the incumbent of the responsible position, fulfilling every detail in a most satisfactory and highly commendable manner.
July 11, 1859, our subject was married to Miss Lydia A. Farnum, of Chickasaw County, this state, and the daughter of Samuel A. Farnum. Mrs Babcock was born in New York State, and by her union has become the mother of three children. Minnie, who married F. W. Buxton, is living in Wheatland, this state; Jennie A. is the wife of W. F. Rohn, and makes her home in Monticello, and Floy H. is at home with her parents. Mr. Babcock is a member of Monticello Lodge No. 173, F.& A.M., belongs to the chapter in that place, No. 42, R.A. M., also Trinity Commandery No. 16, K.T. He has been the incumbent of office of Town Collector, and furnished a bond for $60,000. Mr. Babcock is a shrewd official and is valued in his community for his good citizenship and those traits of character that mark him as an upright man.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa, Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1894, pages 364-365.
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