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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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CALHOON, JOHN, merchant, P. O. Clarinda; born April 12, 1827, in Holmes county, Ohio. There he grew to manhood a farmer, receiving a common school education. In 1857 he came to Iowa, locating in Buchanan township, this county, and pre-empted a farm of 160 acres in sections 10 and 11, and improved it. In 1860 he sold out his farm and came to Clarinda, where he followed teaming and threshing for two years. In 1862 he opened a grocery store in the building that stood on the lot where he has now erected his fine and commodious store room, on the west side of the square, which he has run to the present time. He now owns a fine farm of 110 acres in section 18, in Harlan township, which he runs, and also owns a fine residence in which he lives, besides two other houses in town. His ability as a business man is well evidenced by the fact that he has made most of his large estate by his own efforts, and since he came to this county. He was married April 4, 1855, to Miss C. M. Storm, a native of Ohio. They have had six children: Ada E. (wife of E. C. Holmes), Laura L., Gilbert S. and Clydus D., living, and two sons deceased.

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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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