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S. W. Flaherty
Born 1849


S. W. FLAHERTY, farmer, Rome Twp., Sec. 22; P.O. Olin; born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1849; came to Iowa in 1871; bought and owns fifty-two acres, and made the improvements. In politics, Republican; in religion, liberal. Elected Road Supervisor in 1879; Secretary of Township School Board for 1879; has taught school for five years in same township. His wife, Amanda Lamley, was born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1851; married in 1870, and have two children—Edgar C. and William H.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 647.

Public spirited and with a deep interest in all matters which tend toward the development and improvement of the city in which he makes his home, S. W. Flaharty is at present serving as mayor of Olin. He is also well known as one of its most enterprising merchants, having for several years been engaged in mercantile pursuits here. He was born in Ohio, March 25, 1849, a son of Elza and Nancy (Hazlett) Flaharty, who were also natives of the Buckeye state and, removed to Cedar county, Iowa, in 1849. The father was a shoemaker by trade and his time was thus occupied for three years subsequent to his removal to Iowa. At the end of that period be returned to Ohio, where be still resides. The mother, however, is deceased, her death occurring in 1854.
S. W. Flaharty was reared in the state of Ohio and it was in the public schools there that he acquired the education that qualified him for teaching, which profession be followed during eleven winter terms. In 1871 he came to Iowa and for eighteen years followed farming. This pursuit, however, did not prove congenial to him and he then went to Morley, where he engaged in the mercantile business for seven years.
Removing to Olin at the end of that time, he was for a similar period engaged in the drug business but eventually sold his interests in that line and once more embarked in merchandising which he has followed to the present time. He carries one of the most complete lines of goods to be found in this city and the success he has won in this field of labor is due to modern methods, push and square dealing.
Although Mr. Flaharty is busily engaged with his private interests, he finds time to devote to public affairs and on the republican ticket was elected to the office of mayor of Olin in 1908, in which position he is now serving most efficiently. For six years he served as township trustee and in this office discharged his duties in a most acceptable manner. His fraternal relations are with the Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 245, at Olin.
In June, 1870, Mr. Flaharty was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Lamley, a daughter of William and Jane Lamley. Mrs. Flaharty is one of a family of twelve children and was born and reared in Ohio, where she made her home until the time of her marriage. She has become the mother of three sons: Edgar C., making his home in Los Angeles, California; Harvey L., who has departed this life; and R. A., at home. The family is well known in social circles, while in business circles, Mr. Flaharty is equally well known, drawing his trade from various sections of Jones county.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 36.

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