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Biography of Thomas Henderson Read

With no special training for the conduct of important financial interests Thomas Henderson Read is now acting as president of the First National Bank of Shenandoah and has been since its organization and in the control of its affairs he has given proof of his ability to solve the more difficult financial and economical problems. The subjective and objective forces of life are in him well balanced, making him cognizant of his own capabilities and powers, while at the same time he thoroughly understands his opportunities and his obligations. He was born in Huntsville, Schuyler county, Illinois, March 3, 1841, and is a son of Amasa and Jane B. (Henderson) Read, natives of Massachusetts and Ohio respectively. The father was twice married, his second wife being the mother of our subject. For some years Amasa Read operated a woolen mill in Oldtown, Ohio, and in 1837 removed westward to Schuyler county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming, continuing in agricultural life there until 1843, when he was called to his final rest. Thomas H. Read was but two years old at the time of his father’s death. He remained at home until his twenty-ninth year, but in 1870 sold his interests in Illinois and with a team started west on a tour of inspection. Arriving in Page county he was so pleased with the country and its prospects that he determined to locate here and during the succeeding two years was engaged in the cattle business. In the fall of 1872 he opened a bank in Clarinda, which was conducted under the firm name of Read & Farnum. For...

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