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Don C. Easterly
Born Born September 7, 1869


Among the enterprising and progressive agriculturists of Jones county whose well directed efforts and intelligently applied labor are meeting with gratifying success is Don C. Easterly. He was born in Rome township on the 7th of September, 1869, a son of Thomas W. and Martha J. (Rummel) Easterly, the former a well known and respected agriculturist of this township. Having spent his entire life upon the farm upon which he was born, Mr. Easterly of this review was reared to manhood amid the busy activities of rural life, and at the usual age became a pupil in the district schools. When not busy with his text books he assisted his father in the work of the fields and there early laid the foundation stone for a future successful career. His educational training was supplemented by one term of study in a business college, but on account of his father's death, which occurred when he was fifteen years of age, he was compelled to leave school and assist in the conduct of the home farm. Upon attaining his majority he continued to devote himself to agricultural pursuits, wisely choosing as a life work the occupation to which he had been reared, and that his choice was a good one is indicated in the gratifying degree of prosperity which he today enjoys. He has since concentrated his efforts upon the further cultivation and development of the homestead farm, where he has always made his home. It is a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres, located in Rome township, and was originally owned by his paternal grandfather, who purchased it from the government. Under his wise management it has been brought under a good state of cultivation, the fields annually yielding rich harvests. He has made a close study of agriculture, practices rotation of crops and knows the cereals best adapted to soil and climate, and is numbered among the progressive and successful farmers of the township. As he has prospered he has been able to invest his money to excellent advantage, and he is now a stockholder in the Citizens Savings Bank of Olin. He is likewise one of the promoters of the first Farmers Mutual Telephone line in Rome township, and has cooperated in various other matters pertaining to the upbuilding and progress of the community.It was on the 10th of March, 1892, at Olin, Iowa, that Mr. Easterly was united in marriage to Miss Ola A. Stuart, a daughter of J. A. and Sarah (White) Stuart. The former, who was a soldier in the Civil war, was born in Ohio in 1846, while the latter's birth occurred in Indiana in 1852. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Easterly have been born the following children: Arthur, now deceased; C. Noel; Nellie A.; Thomas Roscoe; Lois L.; and Dorothy L.
In his religious views Mr. Easterly is rather liberal, and although he has never identified himself with any special denomination, he has attended the United Brethren church from childhood, and the teachings of that church have served as a guiding influence in his life. Fraternally he has been a member of the Masonic body since May, 1904, and is a most exemplary member thereof, taking an active part in the affairs of that organization. Politically he has ever been stanch in his allegiance to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He was township trustee from 1897 until 1907 and was school director for the year 1907, while he is at present acting as a member of the Olin Cemetery Association, in which office he has served since 1901. Public spirited in his citizenship, his devotion to the public good is unquestioned and arises from a sincere interest in the welfare of his fellowman. His career has ever been such as also to warrant the trust of the business world, for he has ever conducted all transactions according to the principles of honor and integrity, and he occupies a high place in public regard, enjoying in large measure the confidence of his fellowmen.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 455.

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