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John C. Bailey
Born 23 May 1878
John C. Bailey, who is the postmaster at Amber, where he is engaged in general mercantile business, was born in Wayne township, Jones county, May 23, 1878, and is a son of John and Mary (Bohlken) Bailey. The former was a native of New York state, but Mrs. Bailey was born in Germany. She came to this country in her girlhood, however, and died in Wayne township in 18gi, when she was only thirty-eight years of age. Mr. Bailey is still living and makes his home in Amber. He is the father of five children: John C., the subject of this sketch; Luella, the wife of John Goodman, of Anamosa; Emma, who lives in Seattle, Washington; William, of Jackson township; and Theresa, who was adopted by Henry Bohlken and now lives in Monticello, Iowa.
John C. Bailey has resided in the vicinity of Amber all his life. He received a good education in the fundamental branches of English training in the local public schools and even as a young boy was well known as an active worker in his village. In 1903 he embarked in general merchandising here and on the 17th of December of the same year was appointed the postmaster. In the six years that he has distributed the mails to the citizens of his part of Wayne township they have come to know him as a painstaking official, attentive in the administration of his duties and to the wants of those who depend upon him. The same desire to satisfy his customers distinguishes him in his business dealings and he has the confidence of his fellow townsmen.
It was in the year 1899 that Mr. Bailey wedded Miss Alta E. Davis, who was born in Madison township, Jones county, March 20, 1881. Her parents, William H. and Catherine (Cowell) Davis, have long been residents of this county and now make their home in Center junction. Three children have been born of this union: Harold, Howard and Wilma, who are just of ail age to be especially interesting to their parents. Between his official duties and his responsibilities as the proprietor of an Up-to-date general store, Mr. Bailey finds his time fully occupied, but he has learned the first lessons toward substantial success in the business world and as the years pass by he will very probably attain to an enviable position.

Source: From History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 611.


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