James S. McLuen of the firm of McLuen & Bellows, blacksmiths and dealers in agricultural implements, is from Noble County, Ohio, and was born June 28, 1854. When James was four years of age his parents came to this county, locating in what is now Valley township. Until 1872 he did farm work when he began learning the plasterers' trade, which he followed during the summers for five years. He has worked at the present business since 1874. He was married November 18, 1877, to Jennie Van Cleef, of Benton County, Iowa.