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Edwin C. Vaughn
Born November 14, 1867


Edwin C. Vaughn, a successful farmer and stockman of Wyoming township, was born on the land which he now owns and cultivates, November 14, 1867, and is a son of Philander and Lydia L. (Baldwin) Vaughn. The former was born in New York state, while the latter was a native of Ohio, where the couple were married and whence they came to Iowa in 1856. They settled in Jones county, buying the farm where our subject now resides. They made their home upon this place for several years and then removed to Wyoming, Iowa, where the father spent the last thirteen years of his life, passing away in 1905. The mother is still living in that city at the age of seventy-four years and has the satisfaction of seeing all of her eleven children well established in life.
Philander Vaughn was a very progressive man, his ideas of farming being about thirty years in advance of his time and in the cultivation of his land he met with most excellent success, transforming the wild tract into highly productive fields. The children born to Philander and Lydia L. (Baldwin) Vaughn were as follows: Rudolph, who is living in South Dakota; Mrs. Flora I. Babcock, of Des Moines; Mrs. Stella Lindsay, who lives in Wyoming; George I., of Denver, Colorado; Edna C., who is the wife of C. F. Francis, of Davenport, Iowa; Lucy J., who is the wife of Ellwood Kirkpatrick, of Clarence, Iowa; Alton P., of Clinton; Susan M., of Mount Vernon, Iowa; Edwin C., the subject of this sketch; Fred, of Wyoming; and Harry, who lives in Kansas.
During his boyhood Edwin C. Vaughn attended the district schools near his home, where he derived a good practical education, and by assisting his father in the work of the farm he also gained an excellent knowledge of the occupation to which he has since devoted his time and energies. He remained under the parental roof for two years after attaining his majority and then commenced farming on his own account, renting the home place and another tract owned by his father, which he successfully cultivated for nine years. At the end of that time lie was able to purchase the old homestead which consists of two hundred and forty acres, eighty of which are in Wyoming township and one hundred and sixty are in Oxford township. In connection with general farming he has also given considerable attention to the raising and feeding of stock, making a specialty of shorthorn cattle and road horses. Like his father he is a thoroughly up-to-date farmer and the success that has crowned his efforts is due entirely to his own good management and industry.
In 1892 Mr. Vaughn was united in marriage to Miss Mildred Walston, who was born in Jones county and was one of a family of six children. Her father has passed away but her mother is still living in Wyoming, Iowa. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn are: Dillon C. and Palmer W., who are still at home; and Carter E., deceased. Mrs. Vaughn is a member of the Presbyterian church and Mr. Vaughn is a stanch adherent of the republican party. He has never sought any office within the gift of the people, however, although he is now president of the school board. In this capacity his influence is given to the advancement of the cause of education, for he is a man who is progressive in his idea-indeed, this is one reason for his success. Although Mr. Vaughn's interests are varied he still clings to the farm as the ideal home for a family.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 330.

Edwin C. Vaughn

Mildred Walston Vaughn

Philander Vaughn, Edwin's father

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