ing, as it was called, for four
years. and did well from a financial point of view. In
December, 1869, he returned to Iowa.
Mr. McGuire celebrated his marriage
with Miss May Fitzgerald on the 18th of April, 1870,
at Clermont. This lady is the daughter of Michael and
Joanna Fitzgerald, who were born in Ireland. Mrs.
McGuire was born in Pennsylvania in April, 1849. Her
parents were natives of Ireland, and came to America
in 1830, settling in the Keystone State; they farmed
there for several years, but later removed to
Clermont, Iowa, and purchased eighty acres of land.
The father continued farming until 1886, and then
retired to enjoy the competency acquired. He is eighty
years of age; his wife, the mother of Mrs. McGuire,
died in the year 1877, being sixty-five years of age.
She was the mother of three children -- Michael,
Katharine and Mary.
Mr. and Mrs. McGuire have seven
children in the home circle, viz: John, James, Emmet,
Hugh, Frank, Mary and Rosa Ella. They are members of
the Catholic Church at Palmyra, and are among the most
stanch adherents. Mr. McGuire is a strict Republican.
has been called upon to hold several township offices.
and is at present serving on the School Board, where
he has been for the past five years.
L. FRANCE. This young and enterprising farmer owns 160
acres of land on section 9, in Syracuse Precinct, and
has been a resident of this county since the spring of
1879. He is a New Yorker by birth, having first opened
his eyes to the light in Orange County, Oct. 25, 1858.
He lived there until twenty years of age, and then,
being ambitious and anxious to do something for
himself in the world, came to the broader fields of
the West, and certainly, apparently, has no reason to
repent of the experiment. He owns one of the best
farms in his precinct, where he has a good residence,
with the necessary barns and outbuildings, and is
apparently on the high road to a competence.
The parents of our subject were
Oliver D. and Mary A. (Crist) France, who were also
natives of the Empire State. The father was at one
period a manufacturer of scythes, at Pine Bush, Orange
County, where he accumulated a fine property, but lost
it subsequently on account of undersigning notes for
friends. He afterward changed his residence to Ulster
County, where he died Oct. 26, 1888, not far from the
county line. The mother died in Ulster County in the
fall of 1874. Their seven children were named
respectively: Elting, a resident of Middletown, N. Y.;
Bernice O., Abbie, Clarence L.; Maria J., the wife of
John Beckwith, of Frankfort, N. Y.; Theresa, teaching
in this county, and Oliver, residing at home in New
Mr. France acquired a common-school
education in the counties of Orange and Ulster, and
remained a member of the parental household until the
spring of 1879. He then set out for the West, with a
very small amount of capital, and crossing the
Mississippi came to this county, where he secured
employment as a farm laborer, and was thus occupied
the first year of his residence here. At the
expiration of this time he purchased a team and rented
a tract of land, upon which he labored successfully as
a tiller of the soil until the present time. In the
meantime he secured for himself a wife and helpmate,
being married, Dec. 19, 1883, to Miss Evagene Andrews,
at the home of the bride in this county.
Mr. and Mrs. France, immediately
after their marriage, set out on a wedding tour to the
old home of our subject, which he had not visited
since leaving, and in the interim of four years had
not met a man whom he had formerly known. Bring a man
of business, the visit was necessarily limited, and
the young pair returned to the home which our subject
had provided, where Mr. France continued farming on
land belonging to his father-in-law, where he still
resides. He has purchased 160 acres of land half a
mile north of the town of Syracuse, which is supplied
with fairly good buildings, and upon which he expects
to settle on the 1st of March, 1889.
Mrs. France was born May 6, 1863, in
Onondaga County, N. y., and is the daughter of Edwin
and Diana (Weller) Andrews. who are natives of New
York, and are now residents of this county. Their