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THOMAS SCOTT, who is engaged in the livery business in Greenview, was born in Canada on the 19th of May 1867, his parents being William and Margaret (Smith) Scott. The father was a native of Canada and the mother of Scotland and when six years of age she was brought to America by her parents, the voyage covering six weeks and four days in a sailing vessel. William Scott is a farmer by occupation and has spent his entire life in Canada, where is still living at the age of sixty-eight years, while his wife died July 31, 1904.
In the country schools of Canada Thomas Scott was educated and he remained at home until twenty-two years of age, during which time he gained practical and intimate knowledge of farming methods through the assistance which he rendered to his father. After attaining his majority he started out in life on his own account. He worked by the month in connection with race horses until he came to Greenview and in 1898 he entered the employ of H. J. Marbold, having charge of his noted racer, Grand Baron, until 1900. He then entered the services of Lewis Pierson, with whom he continued for a year, when he purchased a livery barn, formerly owned by Reed & McDonald. This he has since conducted and now has a good patronage. Earnestly desiring to please his customers he has prospered in the business, owing to his straightforward dealing and because of the excellent accommodations which he can afford the public in the line of fine carriages and good horses.
On the 9th of December 1896, Mr. Scott was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Palmer, a daughter of Montgomery and Belle Palmer, who were natives of Illinois and are now residents of Iowa. Mrs. Scott is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Scott is connected with Loyalty lodge No. 181, K. P. In his political views he is a Democrat, but he never seeks nor desires office, for he wishes to devote his entire time and energies to his business affairs.