One of the successful farmers of Shelby County is Christian Grant Mowry, not only a farmer of ability but also active in the general welfare of his community. Christian Grant Mowry, son of John and Phoebe Jane (Madera) Mowry, was born in Yankton, South Dakota, in 1875. His father was born in Stephenson County, Illinois, in 1846 and his mother in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in 1854. John Mowry was a son of John Mowry, born in York county, Pennsylvania in 1821. Both the father and the grandfather of Christian Mowry were in the Civil War. His grandfather was killed on returning home from the war. John Mowry and wife were the parents of twelve children, all of whom are still living: Henry F., John L., William, Christian, Paul, Mrs. Mary E. Long, Daniel W., Oscar S., George, Mrs. Emma Barber, Lincoln, and Grant. The history of John L. Mowry in this volume gives further information of the family.
Christian G. Mowry received the most of his education in the schools of South Dakota, districts number 3 and 4, Shelby township. He was thirteen years old when his parents moved from that state to Shelby county, Iowa, and he received very little schooling after that time. He remained at home until he was twenty one years old and then started to work for Emery Green of Lincoln Township. He worked as a farm laborer for nine years and then began farming for himself on rented land in Shelby Township. After his marriage in 1903, he rented one hundred sixty acres for one year, then rented another farm of one hundred sixty acres for two years. He later rented a two hundred acre farm for two years, and lived on this farm of Mrs. Hester A. Marshall. He is an energetic and progressive young farmer and keeps the best livestock on the farm, specializing in Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs. He is well informed upon the latest agricultural methods and uses them when he feels that they will produce better results.
Mr. Mowry was married in 1903 to Bertha Allison, who was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania in 1880. The history of Wilson Allison, in this volume, will give additional information concerning the Allison family. Mr. Mowry is an Independent in politics and supports the bestmen for office. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and generous contributors to its maintenance. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Past and Present of Shelby County Iowa, by Edward S. White; 1915, B.F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Page 1147-48
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