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E. R. Easterly
Born Born March 5, 1871


E. R. Easterly, a well known agriculturist of Jones county, was born on the farm in Rome township on which he now resides. He first opened his eyes to the light of day March 5, 1871, and is the son of T. W. and Martha Jane (Rummel) Easterly. The father, who was a native of Richland county, Ohio, was seventeen years of age when in 1852 his parents came to Iowa and entered two hundred and forty acres of land in Rome township. He assisted in building a house of hewn logs, and there lived until 1884, when his life's labor was over. His wife still survives, making her home in Olin, Iowa. Six children were born to the couple, all of them living. They are Mary E., the wife of B. F. Steward, of Dana, Greene county, Iowa; Alberta E., who married H. E. Davidson and lives in Olin: D. C., a resident of this township; E. R., the subject of this review; B. R., who lives at home; and Della I., the wife of W. E. Sealls, who lives in Missouri.
E. R. Easterly attended the common schools from which he received his training in the elementary branches of English education. He worked on the farm at the same time that he prosecuted his lessons, and upon the completion of his school period returned to his home, assisting his father until he became of age. For eight years thereafter he rented the farm on which he now lives, and then bought eighty acres of the old homestead which his grandfather had received from the government. He has made the raising and feeding of hogs his specialty and has met with success in his undertakings. He has also been treasurer of the Union Switch Board Telephone Company, of Olin, since January 1, 1908. Full of exacting cares as his life has been, he has yet found time to devote to the interests of his fellow citizens and for eleven years has borne the responsibilities of the position of school treasurer.
In 1892 Mr. Easterly was united in wedlock to Miss Ida A. Coppess, who was born in Cedar county, Iowa. Her father, Harvey Coppess, was a native of Ohio, while her mother, who in her maidenhood was Miss Caroline Booth, was a native of Indiana. In 1870 the couple came to Jones county, Iowa, and then a few Years later removed to Cedar county, where Mr. Coppess is still living. Mrs. Coppess passed away in 1881, leaving a husband and six children to mourn her loss. To Mr. and Mrs. Easterly there was born a daughter, Eva L., August 23, 1892. She is still at home and is one of the pupils of the Olin high school. Mr. Easterly, his wife and daughter are members of the Reformed church, in which he is one of the elders. They take an active part in all religious work and are generous in their support of the interests of the congregation. \
Politically Mr. Easterly finds his views most in accord with the platform of the Republican Party and has always cast his vote for its candidate at elections. He is a member of lodge No. 200, A.F.&A.M., at Olin and also of lodge NO. 526, M.W.A., of that town, and he and his wife are members of Hiawatha Chapter, NO. 394, 0.E.S. His fraternal brothers have found him a loyal friend, as have the citizens of this township, a man in whom confidence may well be reposed.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 613.

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