|George B. Macomber
Born March 13, 1867
|George B. Macomber, one of the most progressive business men of Olin and a man who has done much to advance the welfare of his community, was born in Cascade township, Dubuque county, Iowa, March 13, 1867, and is a son of Gilbert and Margaret (Boyer) Macomber natives of Pennsylvania, who were both brought to Dubuque county, Iowa, in childhood and spent their married lives on a farm. The death of the father occurred in 1901 when he was sixty-nine, but his wife died many years before, passing away at the age of thirty-seven years. They had three children: Charles H., who lives at Cascade; Carrie who married J. B. Cowan, of Winterset, Iowa; and George B., who is the youngest of the family. The father married a second time and had four children: Elsie, Jessie, Mabel and Arthur.
George B. Macomber lived on his father's farm until he was twenty-four years of age and received a liberal common-school education. He also took up the study of pharmacy at the Northwestern University at Chicago. After his graduation he established himself in a drug business at Maynard, Fayette county, Iowa, and made a success of his enterprise, for he knew all the details of the work, having clerked in a drug store while studying his profession. In 1900 he sold his business and in July, 1901, came to Olin, where he opened another drug store and has since been very profitably engaged in this line of business. Mr. Macomber is also interested in musical matters and five years ago organized a brass band, now known as the Olin Concert Band, of twenty pieces, of which he has always been the leader. His first instruction in music was obtained in a country singing school and he has since pursued the art with increasing pleasure.
In October, 1894, Mr. Macomber married Margaret B. Parrott, a native of West Union, Fayette county, Iowa, and a daughter of William Parrott. Mr. and Mrs. Macomber have one son: Guy B. Mr. Macomber is city clerk or recorder and is identified with the democratic party, of which he is an enthusiastic member. He is also popular fraternally and is clerk of Big Wood Camp, No. 526, Modern Woodmen of America, and he is a Mason, belonging to Ancient Landmark Lodge, NO. 200, Of Olin. As a druggist Mr. Macomber is conscientious and can be relied upon implicitly for he has the welfare of the people at heart and carefully guards their interests as well as his own reputation for honorable dealing. He is a wide-awake man who is quick to see the benefit of changes in the city government and is very popular on account of his musical associations.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 325.
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