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Henry G. Manuel
Born March 2, 1879


One of the progressive and prosperous farmers of Madison township is Henry G. Manuel, a native of Iowa. He was born in Mahaska county, March 2, 1879, and is a son of James L. and Delia (Boutilier) Manuel, the latter a native of Nova Scotia. James L. Manuel, on the other hand, was born in England, but came to this country when a lad of nineteen years. He located first in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, where he found employment in the anthracite mines. After two years there spent, he came west to Iowa and for about three years remained in Mahaska county, where he farmed as a renter. He went from there to Han cock county, where, having secured a section of land, he lived and worked until within the past few years, when he retired from active life and removed to the town of Britt. There with his wife he enjoys the comforts of life which he so richly deserves after his years of toil. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and active in its work. Politically Mr. Manuel is in sympathy with the principles of the republican party and has closely identified himself with the public life of his township, having filled a majority of the offices that are within the gift of the people. His voice is ever raised in behalf of progress and good government and be occupies a position of influence in his section of the county.
Henry G. Manuel received his early training for life at home under the wise. guidance of his parents. He attended the public schools, whose instruction he supplemented by a business course at Charles City College. He was graduated from that institution with the class of 1898 and in 1900 commenced farming on his own account. For a period of four years he operated a rented farm in Hancock county, and then in March, 1905, came to Jones county, where he had previously purchased eighty acres of his present farm in Madison township. Here he located and has lived since, though as the years brought him rich returns for his toil he has been able to increase the extent of his fields until now he owns two hundred acres. It is good land and by care and study he has made it one of the most fertile tracts in Madison township, for he is a progressive man and employs scientific methods in the cultivation of his crops.
In 1901 Mr. Manuel was united in marriage to Miss Elsie E. Erickson, of Madison township, a daughter of H. Erickson, of whom extended mention is made in another part of this volume. Of this union there have been born two children: Albert T. and Harvey H. Mrs. Manuel is a member of the Presbyterian church. but her husband does not belong to any denomination, though be is a Christian in the larger acceptation of the term. The perseverance which has distinguished his labors has brought him more than the success which is evident to any one who has seen his farm and the well kept buildings; it has brought him the good-will of his fellow citizens who supported him so effectively when his name was put upon the republican ticket as a candidate for the office of township trustee. Fraternally he is a member of Wyoming Lodge, No. 147, 1.0.0.F. and of the Mystic Workers of America.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 156.

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