Born June 11, 1849
|Among the leading men of Scotch Grove township, whose prosperity is representative of the best interests of his locality, is Lewis Darling, who is now serving his second term as township trustee. He was born in Lake county, Illinois, June 11, 1849, and is a son of Charles and Amanda (Tucker) Darling, both natives of Orange county, Vermont. Mrs. Darling had previously married John 0. Booth, with whom she went to Lake county, Illinois, in 1835, but Mr. Booth died shortly after his advent there and in 1837, his widow married Charles Darling, who reached Lake county in 1836. In 1865, the couple came to Jones county, Iowa, where Mr. Darling had procured a quarter section in the northwest corner of Scotch Grove township. . Upon that farm they took up their residence and passed the remainder of their lives. The father died in 1873, but the mother survived almost twenty years, her death occurring in 1891.
Lewis Darling was reared at home and acquired his early education in the public schools, later attending the Monticello high school, from which he was graduated in the class of 1870. Until 1873, he remained at home, associated with his father in his industries, and then in that year began farming for himself. For one season he operated the home place as a tenant and then, in 1874, purchased it and has made his home thereon for the past thirty-five years. It originally embraced one hundred and sixty acres on the northwest quarter of section 6, Scotch Grove township, but Mr. Darling added eighty acres of timber land on section 5 to it and then sold eighty acres which his father had procured, so that he now owns one hundred and sixty acres. The agricultural pursuits which he has carried on there have brought him such returns that he is well numbered among the substantial men of his locality.
In 1880 Mr. Darling wedded Miss Louisa Bobletter, of Scotch Grove township. To this union four children have been born: Ruth, who is a graduate of the Monticello high school and is now teaching in the Marion high school; Charles J., of Stanley county, South Dakota; and David E. and Arthur, who are at home.
Mr. Darling has given unqualified support to the republican party and is active in the local affairs of his township for he is now serving the second term as a member of the board of trustees and is secretary of the school board, to which body he has belonged for a considerable period. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with the Court of Honor and the Mystic Workers of America. In the first mentioned he is especially prominent, belonging to the encampment and to the commandery. The record of his life, which is one of successful endeavor, and the part he has played in local affairs, which is marked by devotion to high ideals of honor and integrity, well entitles him to the respect he enjoys among the men who have come in contact with him in business or socially.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 247.
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