E. A. Vaughn
Linn County Iowa
Submitted by Dale Garton
Taken from the Biographical Record of Linn County Iowa
Success is determined by one's ability to recognize opportunity and to pursue this
with a resolute and unflagging energy. It results from continued labor, and the
man who thus accomplishes his purpose usually becomes an important factor in
the business circles of the community with which he is connected. Through such
means Mr. Vaughn has attained a leading place among the successful men of
Marion, and his well-spent and honorable life commands the respect of all who
A native of Pennsylvania, he was born in Mercer county, June 1, 1829, and is a
son of William and Irene Vaughn, also natives of the Keystone state, whence they
came to Linn County, Iowa, in 1841.
Throughout his active business life the father engaged in agricultural pursuits.
He was a very active and earnest member of the Presbyterian church, in which he
served as elder, and his life was ever in harmony with his profession. He was born
December 16, 1791, and died February 18, 1878.
His wife, who passed away in 1851, at the age of fifty-six years, was also a faithful
member of the Presbyterian church.
This worthy couple were the parents of ten children, namely: Thomas, who died at
the age of eighty-two years; Eunice, married Silas Dodd and died in 1842, at the
age of thirty; Mary, who wedded Samuel Ross and died in 1851, at about the age
of thirty; Phebe, widow of Joseph Carson and a resident of Bedford, Iowa; Cynthia,
widow of William Carson and a resident of Greeley, Colorado; E. A., our subject;
Ruth, who died at the age of fifty-six years; J. C., who enlisted in 1862, in the
Twenty-fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served through the Civil war; Hattie H.,
a teacher, who died at the age of thirty; and Myrtie, wife of R. B. Wallace, of Topeka,
E. A. Vaughn was reared on the home farm and educated in the public schools of
the neighborhood. He remained under the parental roof until 1850, when he went
to the Pacific coast by the overland route, the journey consuming nearly four months.
He spent the first winter lumbering in Oregon, on the Columbia River, and later
became interested in mining on the Robe (sic) river between Oregon and California,
where he remained for some time, meeting with fair success.
After three and one half years spent in the far west he returned to this county, and
embarked in farming and stock dealing. For a number of years he bought stock,
which he drove to St. Paul and there disposed of the same, being quite successful
in that enterprise. He had a cattle stable where now stands the Nicollet Hotel - on
of the largest hotels in Minneapolis. For a third of a century he continued to
engage in the raising of fine cattle and hogs, and the business is still carried on
by his son, William W., who now lives on the old home farm, our subject having
removed to Marion in 1893. On coming to this county Mr. Vaughn entered
government land, and three years later when the land came into market he
purchased his claims. He transformed the wild tract into a well-improved and
valuable farm, and is still the owner of over three hundred acres in Marion town-
ship. He has raised principally corn and hay, reserving a portion of his land for
pasture, as he always kept a large amount of stock.
He is now vice-president and director of the First National Bank of Marion, and
is a financier of recognized ability.
In 1858 Mr. Vaughn was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie Pierce, who was
born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, in March, 1838. Her parents, Isaac and
Hannah Pierce, both died in the'50s, the former at the age of fifty-three, the
latter at the age of forty-five. They were members of the Society of Friends and
were highly respected by all who knew them. Mrs. Vaughn is the fourth in order
of birth in their family of six children and the only survivor.
Unto our subject and his wife have been born five children, namely:
(1) Lura I. is professor of English literature in Lenox College, at Hopkinton,
Iowa, in which institution she has taught for thirteen years, and she is considered
the best in her department in the state. She also taught in the Montana college for
two years, and was a missionary at Ogden, Utah, for a time. She is a graduate of
Lenox College and Lake Forest University, and occupies a position of no little
prominence in literary circles.
(2) Etta R. is the wife of Rev. E. J. Groeneveld, a Presbyterian ministerof Butte,
Montana, who is now traveling in Europe, and they have two children, Elizabeth
(3) William W. is successfully engaged in farming on the old homestead in Marion
township, known as the Wild Wood farm, and is an extensive dealer in thoroughbred
cattle, hogs and chickens, and also keeps a fine lot of horses. He married Lucy,
daughter of J. B. Scott, and they have four children, Howard, Edward, Mary and
(4) Isaac Merton died at the age of seven years.
(5) Arthur E. is a graduate of Lenox College and the Omaha Theological School,
and has recently been ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian church, being
now located at Hooper, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn are active and prominent members of the Presbyterian
church of Marion, in which he has served as an elder for some years. In politics
he is a Republican.
For sixty years he has been a resident of Linn county, and has therefore witnessed
almost its entire growth and development. In its progress he has manifested a
deep interest and has ever taken his part in support of those measures calculated
to prove of public good. His strict integrity and honorable dealing in business
commend him to the confidence of all; his pleasant manner wins him friends and
he is one of the popular and honored citizens of Marion.
Any questions, suggestions, corrections, and/or additional information contact me,
Linda CONAWAY Welden at:
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