biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
B. C. McCLAIN of Monroe Township, is engaged in the business of general merchandising and farm machinery at Rose Hill, Iowa, under the firm name of McClain & Son. He was born in Licking County, Ohio, Sept. 13, 1839, and is a son of George and Prudence (Chilcote) McClain, natives of Pennsylvania. They are both living, and reside in Newark, Licking Co., Ohio. The subject of this sketch, B. C. McClain, came to this county in 1861, and followed farming until Jan. 18, 1886, when he began merchandising. He was married, Aug. 19, 1860, to Miss Caroline Nash, who was born in England Feb. 19, 1838, and is the daughter of John and Mary (Martin) Nash, natives of England. Mr. and Mrs. McClain became the parents of two children: John B., born Jan. 30, 1862, died, Nov. 10, 1881; and G. N., born March 18, 1865. In the business of general merchandising, this firm carries a stock of $5,000 worth of goods, and is doing an extensive and profitable business. Mr. McClain owns 309 acres of excellent land in Monroe Township, all of which is under fence, in a good state of cultivation, with a fine orchard of bearing trees, a first-class dwelling, good barn and other out-buildings, and is in a first-class shape in all respects. He also owns. a good dwelling-house and one lot in the town of Rose Hill, and 160 acres in Norton Center, Norton Co., Kan. Mr. McClain brings to the conducting of his business the same industry, energy and good management that conduced to his success as a farmer. He is a man of influence in the community where he resides, because of his superior attainments, and is greatly esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy