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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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ARGUS, JOHN, restaurant and bakery, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Erie county, New York, January 2, 1835; passed his life on a farm until eighteen years of age, receiving in the meantime a common school education. The last three years, from fifteen until eighteen years of age, were employed in learning the shoemaker’s trade at Buffalo, New York. He went hence to Toledo, Ohio, and at the end of two years came to Washington county, Iowa. He there followed his trade for a period of nineteen years, up to the time of his coming to Shenandoah in June, 1875. He was married December 24, 1857, to Miss Josephine Rosier, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. They have five children: Mary, Clara, Caroline, Addie and Lorena.

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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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