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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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READ, THOMAS H., banker, president First National Bank, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Schuyler county, Illinois, March 3, 1841. His early education was obtained from the common schools. In 1865 and ‘66 he was a student in Hedding College, Abingdon, Illinois. In 1870 went to Clarinda, Iowa, engaging in the stock business until 1872; from that time until 1875 he was in the bank at Clarinda, when he came to Shenandoah in the Farmers’ & Merchants’ Bank. The banking house of which he is now president was organized on May 5, 1877. Was married to Miss E. J. Althin, a native of Minnesota. They have three children: Elbert A., Hannah E. and Luella J.

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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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