O L VINYARD
O. L. Vinyard is the manager for A. C. Davis & Company, grain dealers at Horton, and is a representative business man whose executive ability and keen discernment have contributed in a large measure to the success of the firm which he represents. He is a native of Linn county, Iowa, where his birth occurred some fifty years ago. His parents were William and Sarah (Carroll) Vinyard. The parents were natives of Virginia and became early settlers of the territory of Iowa, his people having established a home in Linn county in pioneer days. In 1856 he arrived in Marion county, Iowa, and served as one of the trustees of the Baptist University at Pella, that state. His political support was given the Republican party and he was a wide-awake and influential citizen. His death occurred at the age sixty-four years, and his wife passed away when seventy-four years of age. They had eight children, -- four sons and four daughters. Two of the sons were soldiers in the civil war, Thomas J. having been a member of the Eighth Iowa Infantry in the early part of the struggle, and on receiving an honorable discharge from that regiment he re-enlisted in the Thirty-third Iowa Infantry and remained at the front for three years. He now resides at Cripple Creek, Colorado. Lamech C. was a member of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry and is now deceased.
O. L. Vinyard, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the public schools and the Pella University, and, with a comprehensive knowledge to aid him in meeting life's practical and responsible duties, he entered upon his business career. For fifteen or twenty years he has been engaged in the grain business and is now the manager for A. C. Davis & Company, of Horton. The firm is well known in this section of the state, and has a very large plant in Topeka and smaller ones in other towns. The elevator was built in Horton during the winter of 1888-9 and is situated by the Rock Island Railroad tracks. It is about forty-five feet in height and has a capacity of fifteen thousand bushels of grain. It is situated in the midst of a rich farming section of Brown county and Mr. Vinyard has shipped as high as one hundred thousand bushels of grain in a season. He has had charge of the elevator in that place since its completion in 1889 and has carried on a large and successful business which has added considerably to the income of the firm which he represents. It has also proved a benefit to the community, furnishing an excellent market to the grain producers in that section of Brown county.
In 1874, in Otley, Iowa, Mr. Vinyard was married to Miss Anna R. Keeler, a daughter of W. B. Keeler, of that town. By their union have been born two children, Cora and Gertrude, -- the latter now the wife of Mr. Hare, of Salida, Colorado. The mother died November 3, 1886, in Pueblo, Colorado, and two years later, on the 20th of November, 1888, Mr. Vinyard married Miss Mary Sneck, of South Bend, Indiana. Their union has been blessed with five children, namely: Leola, Clyde, Verna, Dorothy and Frances Elizabeth.
Mr. Vinyard exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party, and although he has never aspired to public office he takes an active interest in the questions of the day and in the success of the political organization with which he affiliates. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined the order in Monroe, Iowa, in 1879. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. His home is a pleasant residence on East Front street, erected in the summer of 1879, and the Vinyard household is noted for its hospitality. Mr. Vinyard is frank and genial in manner and is recognized as one of the enterprising and substantial business men of Horton.