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J N TRIMBLE

Actively associated with the building interests of Horton, Mr. Trimble is numbered among the leading contractors and builders in this section of the county, and through the exercise of his skill and ability he has contributed in no small degree to the material development and improvement of his adopted city. As he is well known in this locality he has many friends and the history of his life cannot fail to prove of interest to many of our readers. He was born near London, Canada, forty-three years ago, his parents being George and Susan (Westover) Trimble, both of whom were of English lineage. The father was the proprietor of a saw mill and engaged in the manufacture of lumber as a means of livelihood. In the family were five children, three sons and two daughters.

During his youth Mr. Trimble accompanied his parents on their removal from Canada to Berrien county, Michigan, where he was reared to manhood. He aided his father in the operation of the saw-mill, mastering the business both in detail and principle, becoming an expert workman and an excellent judge of lumber. This proved an excellent introduction to his present line of business. He followed the carpenter's trade in Michigan and on leaving the Badger state removed to Omaha, Nebraska, where he followed the same pursuit for some time, being employed in the construction of some very large private and public buildings of this city. He there remained for seven years, during which time he aided in building the Paxton Hotel and other leading structures of Omaha. In 1883 he came to Horton, where he has since made his home, and in the interval has succeeded in securing a large patronage. Many of the leading business houses and private residences stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise. His thorough understanding of carpentering and knowledge of the value of lumber, as well as his capability in directing the labors of his employes, contributes to his success as a contractor and makes his labor satisfactory to those who engage him for his services. In this way he has secured a very liberal patronage and his business has become very profitable.

Mr. Trimble was united in marriage, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Miss Sarah Sutton, of that city, who was born, reared and educated in Iowa. Their union has been blessed with four children: Lester, Albert, James and Harry. Mr. Trimble is a Republican in his political affiliations, and socially he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Horton. His genial manner is an indication of his social and kindly disposition and it has won to him the friendship of many of his acquaintances.