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George W. Coleman
Born October 31, 1860
With each year the work of farming is becoming more and more profitable and for this reason those who have been engaged in it are continuing to devote their energies to the tilling of the soil, while others are leaving the crowded cities and going out into the freer and happier life. George W. Coleman, of Hale township, is one of the sensible and prosperous farmers of Jones county who realizes the worth of Iowa land and is doing a general farming and stock raising business. He was born near Tipton, October 31, 1860, a son of Adney and Sarah A. (Simmons) Coleman. The father died in 1898 but the mother survives, living now at Olin. A complete sketch of her is given elsewhere in this work. There were eleven children in the family of whom George W. is a member, and of them five daughters and three sons survive.
In 1864 George W. Coleman was brought to Jones county by his parents and it has since been his home, and he is proud of it and of the changes he has seen take place. Until he was twenty-two years old he remained with his parents and then worked out by the month among the different farmers for some twelve years. He afterward rented the home place, buying his present farm from his father's estate in 1898 and it is now one of the best managed in the township. He has eighty-five acres of rich farming land on section 8, Hale township, and he has found that general farming and stock raising pay him best.
On February 17, 1904, Mr. Coleman married Elizabeth R. Devol, of Olin, the widow of Frederick Devol, and a daughter of Albert and Sarah Clymer. By her first marriage, Mrs. Coleman had one son, Irving, and she has borne Mr. Coleman a daughter, Laura Margaret. The home life of Mr. and Mrs. Coleman is delightful and they welcome their many friends to their hospitable board upon numerous occasions.
Fraternally Mr. Coleman belongs to the Olin Lodge, No. 245, K.P. He is a member of the Free Will Baptist church at Pleasant Hill. In political matters he is a republican but has devoted his time to his farming and so has not been active in public matters. He understands his work, makes it pay and is not only successful but also commands the respect of his neighbors because of his straight, honorable methods of doing business.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 420.


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