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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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PARK, O. H., photographer, P. O. Clarinda; born April 18, 1853, in Van Buren county, Iowa. When fifteen years of age his parents moved to Ottumwa, where the subject of this sketch attained his majority, receiving his education in the common schools. When seventeen he began to study the art of photography with H. L. Shaw, of Ottumwa, with whom he remained, as apprentice and operator, about eighteen months. In 1871 he opened a gallery in Elden, remaining until the fall of 1873. He then returned to Ottumwa and purchased the business of his former preceptor, continuing the same until the fall of 1874, when he came to Clarinda, forming a partnership with Mr. E. B. Hinman. In March, 1877, he sold his interest to his partner, and went to California, to return to his native state at the end of a year. Coming again to Clarinda he purchased the business of his former partner, which he has industriously followed since. As an artist Mr. Park has no superior in southwestern Iowa. His work is a model of neatness and beauty of design. Married October 4, 1880, to Miss Mollie Kittle, a native of Indiana, born May 25, 1860.

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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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