George McLuen, who was born December 23, 1835, in Noble county, Ohio, died in Guthrie County October 9, 1906, and his death was deeply regretted by many who knew him as a worthy citizen, devoted to the public welfare, while in his private life he was honorable and upright. His parents were James and Bedelia (Nary) McLuen, both of whom were natives of Ireland, in which country they were reared and married. They came to the United States about 1833 and settled in Ohio, where they resided for twenty-three years or until 1856, when they came to Iowa. Here the father purchased unimproved land. At that time there were only a few houses in Guthrie Center and this entire portion of the state was an almost undeveloped and unimproved region. With characteristic energy he began the cultivation and improvement of his farm, upon which he lived until his death, which occurred on the 3d of February, 1879, while his wife survived until the 11th of June, 1899, when he too, was called from this life. They were the parents of seven children, who yet survive: Samuel, who makes his home in Guthrie Center; Jonathan, a resident of Grand Junction, Colorado; William, who is living in Guthrie Center; Mrs. Mary Maloy, of Carroll, Iowa; Mrs. Susan Frizell, of Oregon; and Mrs. Alice Stover, of Guthrie Center. No event of special importance occurred to vary the rountine of life for George McLuen in the days of his boyhood and youth. Lessons of industry and economy were impressed upon his mind and he soon came to a recognition of the value of unfaltering labor. He learned the miller's and carenter' trades and in 1855 he came to Iowa, attracted by the broad opportunities of the rapidly developing west. He settled first at Guthrie Center and afterward lived at Bear Grove and later at Monteith. He built a mill below Monteith which was one of the first in this section of the country. In the meantime he had purchased eighty acres of land, which he afterward sold, but again he bought the same place and remained upon that farm until his death. During the last three years of his life he was an invalid, suffering from a stroke of paralysis. On the 12th of July, 1860, Mr. McLuen was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Reed, a daughter of Samuel Reed, who was born in Ohio October 15, 1807, and died July 8, 1882, while his wife, Mrs. Anna (Rose) Reed whose birth occurred in Ohio on the 15th of December 1813, passed away November 30, 1890. They emigrated to Iowa in 1858 and purchased a large tract of land which their sons farmed. Mr. Reed owned and conducted the first hotel of Guthrie Center....Mrs. McLuen, who was born in Knox county, Ohio, Septmber 19, 1840. By her marriage she has become the mother of four children: Francis M., who is at home and operates the farm; Mrs. Fannie Parle, who is living in Wisconsin; Benjamin F., who resides in Baker township, this county; and Annie, who died at the age of fourteen years. Mrs. McLuen now owns one hundred and sixty-six acres of rich and well-improved land in Valley township. The farm is equipped with all the modern accessories and conveniences, including the latest improved machinery, and everything about the place indicates the progressive methods which are following in carrying on the farm work. Mrs. McLuen belongs to the Baptist church of which her husband was also a member and she shares in the warm regard and good will in which he was uniformly held. She has now long been a resident of the county and is largely familiar with its history from pioneer times down to the present.