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HAIRE, John. Born 1821, Co. Clare. Dublin; Cincinnati; Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Webster and Hamilton Counties, Iowa. The Lewis Publishing Company, 113 Adams Street, Chicago. 1888

John Haire, one of the well-known pioneers of Fort Dodge and the present efficient clerk of the courts of Webster County, is a native of the Emerald Isle, born in County Clare, in 1821. He was reared in the mercantile business in the city of Dublin. In 1848 he came to America and for several years lived in Cincinnati and while there married Miss Mary M. Cor, a native of that city. Having heard of the desirability of Fort Dodge as a place of residence and being impressed with the advantages for growth and enterprise that this then frontier town possessed, he, in 1855, decided to locate here and make a home for his family. He was one of the first merchants of the town and continued in business until 1870. From 1879 till 1885 he was county auditor and in 1886 was elected to his present position. Mr. Haire has a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters and several of his sons are prosperous business men. The eldest, David J., is deputy clerk of the courts of Webster County. In his religious faith Mr. Haire is a Catholic, and no citizen of Fort Dodge has been more devoted to the advancement of his church than he. He justly takes pride in the advancement his church has made from a small congregation of worshipers, when Fort Dodge was but a missionary station and the place of worship a log building, to the present numerous body of worshipers, having one of the most beautiful churches in the State of Iowa. As a citizen Mr. Haire is highly esteemed for his upright, honest character and is will worthy of a place in the permanent record of the old settlers of Webster County.

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