|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1850|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1929|
Born in Bedford Co, PA, his parents were Henderson McMurray (1819-1906) and Mary Ann Horn (1824-1891). His family made the trip in a covered wagon from Bedford County Pennsylvania to Cedar County, IA in 1852, when he was just 2. FA then came with his family to Jasper County in 1869. He married Hannah "Melissa" Benjamin, dau of Sylvanus Rufus Benjamin and Sarah Ann Palmer. Ran a threshing operation with his wife's bro-in-law, Reuben K. Lambert for several years. Farmed 80 acres in Jasper Co. from 1874-1882, and started calling auctions about 1879. FA and Melissa moved to Newton around 1882, where he worked as an auctioneer.
Children were: William E. (b. 1874, marr Lynette Payne, had 3 children); Harry James (1876-1962, marr. Emma Tripp, no children); Addie Belle (1879-1958, marr. Forest Gillespie, no children); Roy (1884-?, marr. Emma Hotger, no children); and Ray (1886-?, marr. Elizabeth "Bessie" Catherine Blackwell, no children).
Newton, Jasper, Iowa, USA , 01 Jan 1903
Fred A. McMurray, Auctioneer
There is no occupation better calculated to make a large acquaintance than that of the auctioneer. Fred McMurray is known not only all over Jasper County, but he is known over a large portion of central Iowa, where he has cried sales. He has just completed a large sale near Dexter, and his services are frequently demanded outside of his own county.
Fred began as an auctioneer in 1880, and his career has been a busy one ever since, there being frequently a rivalry as to who can first command his services. His dates are usually well filled.
During the year just passed he has cried 128 sales, averaging $2,100 each. This is a big average and few men can equal it.
Fred has been a resident of Jasper County for a great many years and is deservedly popular. He was the democratic candidate for sheriff of Jasper County and ran away ahead of his ticket, being elected on the face of the returns by five majority, but afterwards being counted out. The next election he was urged to stand as a candidate again, but he positively declined.
The secret of Fred's success is his attention to business, his fairness and strict fidelity to the interests of his employer. He has the ability to get out of a sale all there is in it, and leave both buyer and seller in good humor and satisfied.
Mr. McMurray makes his headquarters at the grocery conducted by his son Will E. McMurray, where he can be seen for dates. If an auctioneer is known by his sales, the certainly no one can question the calling of Fred McMurray. His work speaks for itself.
The Daily Herald, Illustrated Edition, Friday, January 1, 1903, Page 9, Column 1
Henderson McMurray (1819 - 1906)
Mary Ann Horn McMurray (1824 - 1891)
Hannah Melissa Benjamin McMurray (1854 - 1932)
William Elmer McMurray (1874 - 1957)*
Harry James McMurray (1876 - 1962)*
Addie Bell McMurray Gillespie (1879 - 1958)*
Roy McMurray (1884 - 1950)*
Ray McMurray (1886 - 1979)*
Frederick Asbury McMurray (1850 - 1929)
John Wesley McMurray (1852 - 1903)*
Newton Union Cemetery
Created by: pmm
Record added: Jul 09, 2008
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