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Eugene R. Moore
Born August 1, 1859


Eugene R. Moore, who has been prominent in the municipal affairs of Anamosa, was born at Mount Carroll, Illinois, August 1, 1859, and is a son of Samuel Moore. His mother died when he was but twelve years of age, but his father lived until 1889 and during his active life was engaged in the furniture business. During the progress of the Civil war Samuel Moore enlisted in the Union army, although he had been born and reared in Maryland, so that his sentiments, it would seem, would be in sympathy with the cause of the Confederate states. The ideals of freedom and unity, however, appealed to him with a stronger force than his home training, and through the years of strife his support was valiantly given to the cause espoused by the northern states. After the conclusion of hostilities, when his country no longer needed his assistance, he returned to the civil life in Mount Carroll, Illinois, where he was able to give his son the advantages of a good education.
After completing the course prescribed by the common schools of his native town, Eugene R. Moore entered the high school, from which he was graduated with the class of 1877, when he was only seventeen years of age. For the next fifteen months he worked upon a farm and then engaged in teaching, although during the summer months he continued to devote himself to agricultural pursuits. After four years' experience in the rural schools he taught in the grammar department of Savanna, Illinois, coming to Iowa two years later, in 1886, to assume the principalship of the schools of Oxford Junction. The following year he was elected upon the democratic ticket as superintendent of schools for Jones county polling his first ballot in Iowa on the day on which he obtained the majority necessary to place him at the head of the educational institutions of the county. In 1889 and 1891 he was reelected to the position and then in 1892 was appointed as a member of the state normal school board at Cedar Falls. After a period of four years' efficient service he was elected by the legislature as trustee of the Feeble Minded Institution at Glenwood. His term was for six years, but at the expiration of his second year he was superseded by the board of control.
In 1894 Mr. Moore embarked in the insurance business in Anamosa, his ability and his pleasing personality rapidly winning for him a pronounced success in this field of activity. He still retains a large patronage, although since 1904 he has given his attention primarily to the Anamosa Journal. In the five years that he has been its editor and proprietor he has not only enhanced its value as a news and literary medium but has more than doubled its circulation, which is now two thousand, the largest of any paper published in Jones county. On many occasions, during the years of his residence in this town, Mr. Moore has represented the first and fourth wards in the city council, while he has also been a member of the school board. His service has always been marked by high ideals and fidelity to the trust imposed upon him, while his many years of practical experience as a teacher makes him a valuable addition to the body of men who have the destinies of the public schools in their hands.
At Maquoketa, Iowa, November 28, 1901, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Moore and Miss Mary V. Wynkoop, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wynkoop. She is a graduate of the Bellevue high school and the Iowa state normal, and successfully engaged in teaching in the Anamosa high school from 1886 to 1898, She afterward gave excellent satisfaction as a high school principal, at Savanna, Illinois, and at Maquoketa, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have one son, Don Wynkoop, who was born August 22, 1904.
Throughout his life Mr. Moore has been a strong adherent of the Democratic Party and has always taken an active interest in politics. At present he is a member of the democratic state committee, is chairman of the democratic county committee, while he also belongs to the senatorial and congressional committees, in which his opinion is always accorded a respect and deference that is befitting his record as a public servant. His fraternal affiliations are limited to the Knights of Pythias, but he has many stanch friends in county and state who are not bound to him by lodge ties, but those who know him intimately are unanimous in their loyalty to him as a friend.History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 630.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 630.

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