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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LAKE, A. S., P. O. Shenandoah; born in Merrimac county, New Hampshire, November 11, 1836. He passed his early life upon the farm, receiving the usual benefits of the common schools. He early began to teach during the winter in the district schools, and so continued for several winters, attending school in the summer and fall, until he was prepared for college. He entered the freshman class of Dartmouth college in September, 1858, remaining for the full term of four years—maintaining himself by teaching during winters—and graduated in the spring of 1862. He, at once, entered upon the work of teaching, both in High school and academy, in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and has fitted a number of the young men for several of the New England colleges. While teaching in Thomaston academy he married Miss Jennie H. Fox, of Thomaston, November 19, 1869. He continued in the profession until August, 1873, when he came to Shenandoah, and entered the hardware business. At the next town election he was chosen mayor. At that time there was an urgent call for more houses in Shenandoah, and he bought and erected several for rent, owning at present seven dwelling houses and two stores. After two years he abandoned the hardware business, and gave his whole time to his present occupation, that of land agent for eastern funds, and notary public. He is the father of two children: Carrie H. and John F.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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