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Harry L. Peet
Born September 19, 1868
Harry L. Peet is a progressive and enterprising farmer who owns and operates an excellent farm of one hundred and forty-five acres in Greenfield township, Jones county. Born in that township on the 19th of September, 1868, he is the eldest of a family of eight sons born unto E. G. and Oriana (Chapin) Peet, extended mention of whom is made elsewhere in this volume. He and his brothers all live within a radius of six miles. The period of his early life was spent upon the home farm, where during the summer months he assisted in the work of the fields, the winter seasons being devoted to the acquirement of an education in the district schools. He remained under the parental roof until he attained his majority and then entered business life on his own account as an agriculturist, wisely choosing as his life work the occupation to which he had been reared.
On the 20th of February, 1895, he laid the foundation for a happy home life by his marriage to Miss Katherine E. Baird, a daughter of John and Helen (Donald) Baird, of Lisbon, Iowa. Her parents, who were numbered among the first settlers of Greenfield township, came to America from Scotland and took up their abode in this township in 1859, where they cast in their lot with the early pioneers. Both are still living, he at the age of eighty-five years and she at the age of seventy-six years, and they retain their old homestead in Greenfield township, although they are now living retired in Lisbon. Their family consisted of four daughters and one son, of whom Mrs. Peet is the fourth in order of birth. The others are: Jane, the wife of William Ellison, of Mount Vernon, Linn county; Agnes, who resides with her parents in Lisbon; Mary A., who married Omer Cole of Pearson, Woodbury county, and died October 25, 1909; and Andrew J., living in Greenfield township.
Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Peet began their domestic life on the farm which is now their home. It consists of one hundred and forty-five acres and through the careful management of Mr. Peet has been placed under a high state of cultivation. In its midst are found substantial buildings and he has introduced all of the modern conveniences and accessories for facilitating labor. In its attractive and well improved appearance it stands as a monument to his industry and thrift. Systematic, methodical and progressive in his methods, he is meeting with a success that ranks him among the enterprising and substantial farmers of the township.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Peet was blessed with one daughter, who, however, passed away in infancy. Mrs. Peet is a member of the Presbyterian church and in its work is deeply and helpfully interested. Politically Mr., Peet is a stalwart republican and is now serving as township trustee and as a member of the school board, the cause of education finding in him a stanch champion. He is widely known throughout the township, having spent his entire life within its borders and the fact that many of his best friends are those who have known him from boyhood is an indication that his salient characteristics are such as inspire respect, confidence and good will among his fellowman.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 320.


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