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James Howard Lathrop
Born March 10, 1863
James Howard Lathrop, known as Howard or J. H., was a farmer near Oxford Mills, Jones Co., Iowa and became a widely known farm auctioneer. At one time he served as postmaster at Oxford Junction. He was educated in the public schools of that place and in Fulton College, Albany, Illinois. Here he met and married Ida Mae Phillips, a sister of Kittie Phillips who married Frank Lathrop, Howard's brother. Howard and Ida with the family moved to Washington, Iowa for five years, after which they moved to a large stock ranch near Pierre, South Dakota. They went back to Oxford Junction and remained there until 1922 when they went to Olin to be near their daughter, Hattie Ballou and her family.
We read from Howard's obituary these statements: "In his later life he was an adjuster for several national insurance companies, who stated that he stood first among all their adjusters, satisfying company and customers alike by his fair and equitable decisions.
"He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge. As a child he was baptized in the Methodist church and quietly assisted the church and other good enterprises and encouraged his family in the same. During his last conversation he said, 'We all want to go to meet our Redeemer.'" James Howard Lathrop: b: 10 March 1863 in Oxford Mills, Jones Co., Iowa; d: 16 June 1924 at age 61; m: 8 Oct 1884 at Albany, Il. to Ida Mae Phillips: b: ?, d: 16 Sept 1929. Both Howard and Ida are buried at the Mayflower Cemetery at Oxford Junction.
Children: Georgia Mae Lathrop, b: 17 Jan 1886 at Albany, Il.; Hattie Theo Lathrop, b: 10 May 1887 s/e of Oxford Mills; Arthur Lathrop, b: 10 Oct 1891 at Oxford Junction; Thomas Lathrop, b: ca. 1893; Henry Ward Lathrop, b: 4 Dec 1896/7 at Oxford Junction
Parents: George W. Lathrop, b: 18 March 1836 at Freemont, Ohio; d: 3 Dec 1907 at Oxford Mills; m: 1859 in Wheetland, Cedar Co. Ia., to Rachel Amelia Noble: b: 28 Dec 1838 at Pilcher, N.Y., d: 1 May 1901 at Oxford Mills. Children: Frank Noble Lathrop, James Howard Lathrop, Oliver Lathrop (died as a child), Nathan Bundy Lathrop, Gladys Marie Lathrop.

Submitted by: Laura Comley


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