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Earl C. Peet
Born September 29, 1875


Greenfield township, Jones county, numbers among its native sons many substantial and progressive farmers who through their own efforts and industry are meeting with gratifying success. This number includes Earl C. Peet, whose birth occurred on the 29th of September, 1875, his parents being Eber G. and Oriana Peet. No event of special importance came to vary the routine of daily life for him during the period of his boyhood and youth, which were spent upon his father's farm amid the scenes and environments of rural life. He acquired a good knowledge of the common branches of English learning as they were taught in the Greenfield Center school, and since laying aside his text-books has greatly extended his early training by thorough reading, observation and broad, practical experience. He remained upon the home farm, giving his father the benefit of his assistance in the work of the fields, until twenty-nine years of age, and during that time learned many lessons concerning the value of industry and thrift and, surrounded by the wholesome influences of farm life, acquired good habits and clean morals, all of which well qualified him for the practical and responsible duties of life. In 1905 he started out in business on his own account, locating upon a farm of fifty-four acres which his father had given him. It is located near the center of Greenfield township and he has continued to make his home thereupon to the present time, although in the meantime as he has prospered he added to his original holdings and is now the owner of one hundred and thirty-four acres of land. The soil of Iowa is proverbially rich and fertile, and under the careful management of Mr. Peet his fields have been brought under a state of cultivation, so that his farm is one of the valuable and desirable properties of the township.
On the 3d of April, 1904, in Fairview township, Mr. Peet was united in marriage to Miss Gladys G. Shoop, who was born in that township on the 27th of November, 1878, a daughter of Leander and Adelaide (Bates) Shoop, the latter the eldest daughter of Dr. Ira Bates. Mr. Shoop was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, in 1848, and in 1856 came to Jones county, Iowa, with his parents, Moses and Caroline Shoop. Moses Shoop was born near Akron, Ohio, in 1802, and died at his home in Jones county, Iowa, in 1861. His wife, a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, where her birth occurred in 1803, lived to the ripe old age of eighty- five years. In their family were five children, namely, Calvin, Almond, Nancy, Caroline and Leander. The last named was united in marriage to Miss Bates on the 17th of February, 1878, and they now make their home about six miles south of Anamosa in Fairview township. Unto them were born eight children, all of whom still survive, Gladys, George, Cassius, Raleigh, Augusta, Bertha, Blanche and Lillian. In early life Mrs. Peet enjoyed the advantages of good educational training, for after her graduation from the common schools she pursued a course at the Western College (now Lander Clark College) at Toledo, Iowa. In 1895 she began teaching in the public schools, and was thus successfully engaged up to the time of her marriage. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Peet has been born one son, Roscoe I., whose birth occurred on the 28th of November, 1905.
Mrs. Peet became an active member of the United Brethren church of Forest Chapel, Fairview township, in 1894, and since that time her life has been guided by the teachings of that denomination. Mr. Peet belongs to no special creed or sect but is very liberal in his views, his conduct at all times being in harmony with the spirit of the Golden, Rule. A very conservative but estimable couple, they occupy a high place in the regard and esteem of their fellowman and the consensus of public opinion accords them a prominent place among the valued residents of the community. In his political views Mr. Peet is a stalwart republican and for nine years served as a director of Greenfield Center school, the cause of education finding in him a warm champion. He was early trained to habits of industry, enterprise and integrity, and these have proven strong elements in his success and at the same time have gained the unqualified respect and confidence of all with whom he has come in contact.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 309.

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