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William Andrew Hogan
Born December 25, 1864


In all the relations of life in which William Andrew Hogan has figured he has been found a man of sterling worth and reliability, active and energetic in business, systematic and methodical in the discharge of public duties. He is now filling the position of sheriff of Jones county, in which capacity he has served continuously since January, 1904. He was born December 25, 1864, in Castle Grove township, this county, his parents being Dennis M. and Susan (Buyan) Hogan, both of whom were natives of Ireland.
In early life the parents bade adieu to the green isle of Erin and sailed for the new world. It was in this country that they became acquainted and were married and as early as 1840 had established their home in Jones county, settling in Castle Grove township. With its early development and progress they were closely associated and as pioneer residents took an active part in reclaiming the district for the purpose of civilization. For many years Dennis M. Hogan continued a factor in business circles and on the 3d of December, 1893, passed away at the age of sixty-eight years. The mother is quietly spending her declining days upon the old homestead in Castle Grove township and is one of the worthy pioneer women of the county whose memory covers the period of its early development. Unto this worthy couple there were born twelve children: Elizabeth and Catherine, twins; Mary; William Andrew, of this review; Daniel; Nellie; Matilda; Agnes; Lawrence and Stacy, twins, both of whom died in infancy; Dennis. who died at the age of fifteen as the result of a runaway accident; and Marcella, who passed away at the age of fifteen.
On the old homestead William Andrew Hogan spent his youthful days, assisting in the farm duties and receiving all the educational advantages offered by the public schools. He early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops and was busily engaged in the work of the fields until 1887, when at the age of twenty-four years, be was elected to the office of sheriff of Jones county, creditably filling the position for six years. On his retirement from office he turned his attention to merchandising as proprietor of a meat market and grocery store, under the firm name of Koffman & Hogan. He continued in that business for fifteen months, and then sold out to his partner. Soon afterward he engaged in the exportation of horses, which he followed for about a year, after which he resumed farming on the old homestead, there remaining from 1898 until 1904. In November, 1903, he was once more chosen to the office of sheriff and has since continued in that position, so that his service in the office altogether will cover thirteen years. He is prompt, faithful and fearless in the discharge of his duties and his name has become a menace to those who do not hold themselves amenable to the law. Mr. Hogan is a democrat in his political views and affiliation and the fact that he has been elected to the same office six times in a republican district shows his popularity as a man and citizen, while his reelection indicates the fidelity of his services during his first term.
In his fraternal relations Mr. Hogan is connected with the Knights of Columbus at Cedar Rapids and with the Modern Woodmen Camp at Anamosa. He is also a member of the Catholic church. His entire life has been passed in the county of his nativity where he has many friends who have known him from his boyhood days to the present time. A gentleman of fine personality, courteous and genial, he enjoys the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has been associated.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 108.

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