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J. A. Templeman
Born November 29, 1879
J. A. Templeman, who has but recently become identified with the farming interests of Rome township, was born in Anamosa, Iowa, November 29, 1879. His father, U. F. Templeman, was a native of Ohio, but in 1852 came to Iowa with his parents, who located on a farm. On the inauguration of the Civil war he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He served valiantly for three years and in one of the numerous battles in which he participated he was wounded in the right leg. Upon the culmination of the struggle he returned to Jones county, which remained his home for about twenty-five years. On the 24th of March 1908, he passed away, and he was laid to rest in Anamosa. His wife, who before her marriage was Miss Celia Postelwait, was a native of California and preceded him to the grave by almost a quarter of a century, her death having occurred in 1883. Three children were born to them: J. A., of this review; Alice, who has passed away; and Oliver, who is now a resident of Kansas City, Missouri.
J. A. Templeman has had a varied career. Having received a good education in the grammar and high schools, he started in life at the age of sixteen, learning the trade of a painter and decorator. After three years devoted to that business he found employment as a clerk in one of the cities of California and six years later came to Anamosa, where he clerked in a shoe store. At the end of two years he married, gave up his position and moved to the state of Washington, where for one year he operated a shoe factory. In 1908 he returned to Anamosa and the following year located on the farm in Rome township he now occupies. It embraces three hundred and twenty acres on section 29, and is only one of three pieces of land Mr. and Mrs. Templeman own. One of the two others, consisting of eighty acres, lies on section 34, Cass township, while the other, also eighty acres in extent, is in Linn county, Kansas. Mr. Templeman proposes to make a specialty. of raising and feeding stock, and as his farm is well suited for that business he should find his labors well repaid.
In 1907 Mr. Templeman was united in marriage to Miss Lorenda M. Peet, who was born December 23, 1882, and is a daughter of William G. and Eliza E. (Saum) Peet, both natives of Jones county. Her father died December 12, 1893, but her mother is still living in Anamosa. They were the parents of four children: one who died in infancy; James S., of Anamosa; Lorenda, who is now Mrs. Templeman; and Truman G., of Anamosa. Mr. and Mrs. Templeman have no children.
Politically Mr. Templeman is a republican, but he has not taken any active part in public matters. He has for a number of years, however, been a member of several Masonic bodies and now belongs to the lodge at Anamosa. Acquainted with the life of a farmer from his boyhood days and broadened by his acquaintance with other walks in life, there is every reason to believe that the years will bring him success in the line of work he has so recently adopted.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 639.


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