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Garner M. Tripp, an attorney at present residing in Colfax, (Iowa) was born in Carroll County, Ill., Sept. 2, 1849. In 1853 he came to Jasper County with his parents and has been a permanent resident since that date. His education was received in the district schools of Jasper County. For 40 years he followed farming and was a successful grower and feeder of stock. His first tract of land was a 15-acre piece, the west of the n of the se of the sw of 16 Clear Creek. This he still owns and has added to it until he now owns 180 acres and also owns a block in Colfax. Arminda J. Knapp became his wife in 1868. She was a native of Michigan. Eleven children have been born to them, eight of whom are living, four sons and four daughters, all residents of Jasper County. The parents of our subject were David and Margaret (Shrick) Tripp, natives of Ohio. They reared a family of eight children, three of whom are living. Garner, our subject, Robert, a physician in Des Moines, and David R., residing in Newton. The latter served two terms as deputy and two terms as sheriff of this county. Of the father it should be stated that he was a blacksmith by trade which business he followed for many years. He was a man of sterling qualities and a highly respected pioneer. For many years, at an early date, he officiated as local preacher and was well known both in Jasper and Polk Counties. He passed from the scenes of this earth April 1875. Garner M. Tripp politically is a stanch supporter of the Democratic Party and has filled the mayor's chair in Colfax two terms. Socially he is a member of Riverside Lodge No. 389 A. F. & A. M. and Geaber chapter Silver Spring lodge No.4. K. of P. and I.O.O.F. of Colfax. Page 48

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