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E. A. Grimwood
Born December 8, 1863


E. A. Grimwood, whose success in commercial lines is evidenced in his well appointed drugstore, has been numbered among the leading pharmacists of Oxford Junction for about two decades. He became connected with the business interests of the town in May, 1887, being then a young man of twenty-three years. He was born in northeastern Iowa December 8, 1863, a son of Isaac and Eliza (Moore) Grimwood, both of whom were of English birth. In childhood they had come to America with their parents in the latter part of the '20s, settling in the state of New York. Subsequently they came to Iowa, taking up their abode in the northeastern part of the state, where the father died in 1880. The mother still survives at the venerable age of eighty-six years and makes her home with her son.
E. A. Grimwood acquired his early education in the public schools. He was forced for a time to discontinue his studies, but in May, 1887, after having devoted three years to the mastery of the scientific principles which constitute the basis of knowledge for a pharmacist, he received his diploma from a school of pharmacy and in September of that year came to Oxford Junction as assistant to Dr. G. R. Moore. Other business and professional demands made upon the physician caused the management of the store to devolve upon Mr. Grimwood, and after a few months' experience in which he proved his capability, he was admitted to a partnership. Active in the management of the store from that time, his enterprise and determination were salient features in its success and the business was carefully and successfully conducted. In 1898 a disastrous fire swept over Oxford, in which the store of Mr. Grimwood was destroyed. Immediately, however, he secured a lot and erected upon it one of the finest modern store buildings in the town, the first floor being used for the conduct of his business interests and the second floor for office and lodge rooms. He has a, splendidly equipped drugstore and not only carries a large line of drugs and physician's remedies, but also wall paper and house decorating materials. He gives careful attention to the wants of his patrons, and his reasonable prices, fair dealing and enterprising methods have won him a liberal and growing trade that has made his business one of profitable proportions. He carries in addition to other lines mentioned toilet articles, stationery, books and magazines, and his close study of the public taste has enabled him to supply his store with a stock that finds ready sale.
Mr. Grimwood is not only well known as an energetic and progressive business man but is ever a welcome figure in musical circles in the town, possessing a fine voice which has constituted an attractive feature in the choir of the Lutheran church for many years and in various musical entertainment's given in Oxford. His social qualities, too, render him popular with many friends, and he is well known as a member of the New Era Lodge, No. 88, K. P., and Zealous Lodge, NO. 435, A.F.&A.M. A stanch republican in his political views, he exerted his ability as an organizer in the interests of his party and has been a member of and chairman of the county central committee for several years. A man of forceful character, he has left the impress of his individuality upon the public life of the community as a business man, a citizen, a musician and a political leader, and his genuine worth is attested by all who know him.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 43.

Representative from Jones county, was born on a farm in Allamakee county, on December 8, 1863, of English parents. Secured only those advantages which come through the common schools. Engaged in the drug business at Oxford Junction, Iowa, in 1887, after three years of apprenticeship at Independence, Iowa. After thirty-three years in this business, disposed of same on July 1, 1920, and was elected to the house in November of that year. Was reelected in 1922, 1924 and 1926.

Source: Iowa Official Register 1927-1928; Biographies of State Representatives;
Submitted by: Sharyl Ferrall

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