Friday, August 14, 2009

Agnes Latta and P.T. Flynn (Friends and former sister in law of Edward Callery)

P. T. FLYNN.



Varied and diversified business interests claim the attention of
P. T. Flynn, one of Webster county's enterprising citizens, who
for twelve years has been cashier of the Duncombe Savings Bank.
His birth occurred in Pleasant Valley township, this county, in
the month of August, 1870, his parents being Timothy and Emma
(Burke) Flynn, natives of Ireland. The father came to the
United States in 1849, fii'^t locating in Des IMoines. and to Weli-
ster county in 1855. Later he took up a homestead in Cherokee
county, industriously de\'oting himself to its further impro\'ement
until 1870. In the latter year he disposed of his interests there
and came to Webster county, continuing his agricultural pur-
suits in Pleasant Valley township until his death in 1876. The
mother had passed awa\' two years previouslw

Left an orphan at the tender age of six years. P. T. Flynn
was reared by his maternal grandmother, Airs. \\'iimifred Burke,
where he worked on the farm and labored in and around the
mines, attending the district school at such intervals when his
labor was not required at home. So diligently did he apply him-
self to study, both at school and during the long winter evenings
at home, that at the age of nineteen he was teaching school on a
first-grade certificate. With the money earned as a country
schoolteacher, he entered Highland Park College of Des Moines,
in September, 189T, from which institution he graduated in 1894.



HISTORY OF WEBSTER COUNTY 105

After graduation, he again devoted himself to teaching and news-
paper work, putting in some time as city editor of the Fort Dodge
Chronicle in 189O. In 1897, he entered Drake University, Des
Moines, spending a year in special work. In 1898 he went to
North Dakota, where he received a state certificate and taught
language, literature and higher mathematics in the graded
schools.

In 1900 he accepted the position of cashier in the Bank of Dun-
combe, now the Duncombe Savings Bank. This enterprise, which
is incorporated for twenty-live thousand dollars, is one of the
conservative and thriving banking institutions of \\'ebster county.
Peter Mallinger is president; B. J. Stack, vice president; P. T.
Flynn, cashier; and L. V. Miller and John Heffner, assistant
cashiers. They are all reputable men. of recognized business
ability and high standards of integrity, who enjoy the confidence
of the community by reason of their upright principles. Mr.
I'lynn also engages in the real-estate business, in which he has
met with a good measure of success, ha\ing acquired title to about
one thousand two hundred acres of rich farming land around Dun-
combe, besides valuable city property both in Duncombe and
Fort Dodge. He is one of the shareholders in the Duncombe
Cement Tile Company, and owns a one-third interest in the
Duncombe Auto Company, which maintains garages both in
Duncombe and Fort Dodge, Peter Mallinger and James Toohey
being the other members of the firm.

In June, 1899, Mr. F'lynn was united in marriage to Miss Agnes
Latta, a daughter of Johnson and Elizabeth (O'Neil) Latta. To
Mr. and Mrs. IHynn have been born the following children:
Dorothy, who has entered her thirteenth year; Pauline, who is
ten years of age; Carl, who has passed his eighth Inrthday; May,
who has celebrated the fifth anniversary of her birth; and John
and Ivathleen, twins, who are two years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Flynn are communicants of the Roman Catholic
church, and fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Co-
lumbusf the Benevolent Protective Order of I-llks and the Yeo-
men. Despite the exactions of his extensive private interests,
Mr. Flynn finds time to fulfill his civic duties, giving his political
support to the democratic parly, and is now representing his
ward in the town council. His business career has progressed
in the orderly manner characteristic of the man of definite pur-
pose, his carefully considered ])lans and capably concentrated



106 HISTORY OF WEBSTER COUNTY

powers having been directed toward a single achievement at a
time. Both as a business man and citizen he has manifested those
quahties which highly merit the respect and esteem he is accorded
by his fellow citizens, many of whom are stanch friends of long
years' standing.

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