from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
A. D. Norris, living on section 14, Spring Creek township, gives his time and energies to agricultural pursuits. He owns a well improved farm of one hundred acres, and is a native son of the county, having been born in Garfield township, Mahaska county, May 3, 1861. He is a son of Shadrach Norris, mentioned elsewhere in this work, and is the eldest of five children. He was reared in this county and educated in the common, schools, remaining with his father until the latter removed to Oskaloosa, and during that period aiding his father in all departments of the farm work. On the 27th of December, 18998, Mr. Norris married to Miss Emma Wasson, a native of West Virginia and a daughter of S. B. Wasson, who removed from West Virginia to Iowa about 1865, locating in Mahaska county. He was a substantial farmer of Spring Creek township, and is mentioned elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Norris was reared and educated here, and prior to her marriage successfully engaged in teaching. After her marriage she began her domestic life upon a farm, where she now resides. Mr. and Mrs. Norris are rearing a boy, Russell Bridges, now five years of age. Mr. Norris has fenced and repaired his place and now has a valuable and well improved property, on which he raises various cereals and also feeds and fattens stock for the market. His business is well managed, and his efforts are capably directed. Politically Mr. Norris is a stanch democrat but without aspiration for office. He has served as trustee of Black Oak township, and as a member of the school board but otherwise has neither sought nor desired political preferment. He has always lived in this county, and the fact that many of his stanchest friends are those who have known him from his boyhood days to the present is an indication that his life has been all that is exemplary of the public spirited citizen, whose life is actuated by commendable rules of conduct and manly principles.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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