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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.

  
 

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Cyrus Lareu.

Cyrus Larue is the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 4, Grove township, which has been in his possession for the past third of a century and in the operation of which he has won gratifying prosperity.  His birth occurred in Wayne county, Ohio, on the 23d of March, 1837, his parents being George and Mary (Fairfield) Larue, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.  They removed to Ohio in an early day, settled in the timber and cleared a farm in that state, their home being a little log cabin.  In 1849 they removed to Cedar county, Iowa, where they entered a tract of land and spent the remainder of their lives.  To them were born four children but our subject is the only surviving member of the family.

Cyrus Larue attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and was a youth of twelve years when he came to this state with his parents.  On attaining his majority he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, purchasing a farm in Cedar county which he operated until the spring of 1882, when he disposed of the property and came to Adair county.  Here he bought a quarter section of land in Grove township, made excellent improvements thereon and has cultivated the same continuously since.  He also planted a fine grove and orchard and the entire place in its neat and attractive appearance bespeaks the supervision of a practical and progressive owner.

In 1859 Mr. Larue was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Burnett, a native of Ohio and a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hines) Burnett, who were also born in that state.  In 1846 they came to Iowa, spending the remainder of their lives on a farm in Cedar county. To Mr. and Mrs. Larue were born eleven children, as follows:  Alva and Andrew who are residents of Cedar county;  William, who is living in Michigan;  John, a resident of Missouri;  Ross, who lives in Canada;  Earl, at home;  Nancy, the wife of Sylvester Burnett, a resident of Minnesota;  Sadie, who gave her hand in marriage to Owen Akins, of Harrison township;  Nora, at home;  and two who are deceased.  The wife and mother died in 1909 and her remains were interred in Cedar county.

Mr. Larue has always exercised his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the democracy and he has ably served his fellow townsmen in the capacities of school director and road supervisor.  In his business career he has won success by dint of indefatigable industry, unfaltering perseverance and careful management and his is the record of a self-made man in the true sense of the term.  He has now passed the seventy-eighth milestone on this earthly pilgrimage and enjoys the high regard and esteem of the people of the community in which so much of his life has been spent.

 

 

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