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Below is a family biography included in History of Union County, Iowa published by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., in 1908.  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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George Emmet Busby, one of the owners of the Creston City Business College and also of the Chariton Commercial College now having charge of the latter, has made a creditable name in educational circles, although yet a young man of but twenty-five years. His birth occurred in Nodaway county, Missouri, in 1882.

His father, David J. Busby, a native of Ohio, is now living in Maryville, Missouri, at the age of forty-seven years. The family comes of English ancestry. His life has been devoted to farming, and in the careful tilling of the soil he has provided for the wants of his family. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and his attitude on many important state and national questions is evinced by the loyal support which he gives to the republican party.

He married Fiza A. Foote, who was born in North Carolina and is now forty-four years of age. She, too, is a faithful follower of the Methodist Episcopal church. By her marriage she has a family of five children: George Emmet, of this review; Orville K., who is now principal of the School at Stanton, Iowa; Edward M., a farmer living at Maryville, Missouri; Goldie and Dolly, both at home.

George E. Busby was partially reared to farm life and in early boyhood was a pupil in the district schools. He afterward attended the public schools at Pickering, Missouri, and then engaged in clerking in his father’s store at Ravenwood, that state. Desirous however, of obtaining more advanced education, he entered Amity College, at College Springs, Iowa, in 1897, and in 1901 was graduated from the Nebraska Business College, at Omaha. Subsequently he accepted a position as bookkeeper for the Platte Company at Omaha, and later was with the Oliver Typewriter Company of that city and in 1904 with the Hutcheson Business College at Creston. In 1905 he bought out the college and the following winter admitted William Bell to a partnership, while in 1907 J. D. Orris also became a partner. The college was established in 1903 and called the Hutcheson Business College but Mr. Busby changed the name to the Creston City Business College, under which it is now known. In this school shorthand and bookkeeping are taught, and the institution is now on a successful foundation. In 1906 there was an average attendance of one hundred and twenty-five students and the number is fast increasing this year. In 1907 Mr. Busby and Mr. Bell purchased the Chariton Commercial College, Mr. Busby taking charge of the Creston institution and his successful control at Creston promises well for the future of the Chariton College. At one time he was a teacher in the Nebraska Business College at Omaha. He has the ability of imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he has acquired and the school gives thorough instruction in business branches, well qualifying its students for successful work in the business world.

Mr. Busby votes with the republican party, and he belongs to the Modern Woodmen Camp. He is a young man of laudable ambition and strong determination, who is making a creditable record, while by his sociability, geniality and deference for the opinions of others he has gained popularity.

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This family biography is one of 247 biographies included in The History of Union County, Iowa published in 1908.  For the complete description, click here: Union County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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