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Thomas Wilson McClelland

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Jan 1902 (aged 70)
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Burial Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Plot Section 9, Lot 99
Memorial ID 100008213 · View Source
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All information taken from cemetery record.
Male, married, age 70, Arbris Aclerosis
funeral home Boies
buried in same plat as Anna M, H.infant, Howard,Theodore
T.W. McClelland

"From Vol 2 History of Davenport and Scott County" by Harry E. Downer - S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1910 Chicago

A picture of Mr. McClelland is included with this bio. Please go to the Scott County Main Page and click on Pictures/Documents - then click on Vol 2 History of Davenport and Scott County.

In a history of the men whose labors have constituted a salient feature in Davenport's upbuilding and development, mention should be accorded T. W. McClelland, who, coming to this city in early manhood and empty handed, made steady progress through the long years of an active business career and came to be known as one of the most potent forces in Davenport's commercial activity.

A native of Pennsylvania, he was born near the city of Pittsburg, July 31, 1831. His father, Archibald McClelland, was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and became the founder of the family in the new world.

The opportunities which T. W. McClelland received in his youth were somewhat limited, for in his boyhood days he began earning his livelihood by working in a store. He afterward learned the carpenter's trade and for a time engaged in contracting with his father, but the opportunities of the rapidly growing west proved too alluring for him to remain longer in his Pennsylvania home and in 1852 he came to Davenport by way of Cleveland, Ohio. The city was then comparatively small but seemed to have a bright future before it and Mr. McClelland therefore regarded it as a favorable place of location.

Here he first worked at his trade but, watchful of opportunities for advancement in busniness lines, he established, in 1855, the sash, door and blind factory which constituted the nucleus of the extensive business which is still carried on by his son WILSON, under the style of the T. W. McClelland Company.

The late John Hornby was his partner for a time but through the greater portion of forty-seven years the business was carried on by Mr. McClelland. Under his capable management it developed rapidly and from time to time extensive alterations and additions were made that the plant might be adequate to cope with the demands of the trade. On the organization of the business Mr. McClelland inculcated as its standard thoroughness in workmanship, substantiality in product and reliability in trade relations, and from the inception this business policy has been steadily continued.

In his more active days he erected many residences and business buildings in Davenport, a large part of which still stand as monuments to his skill and ability. The reputation which he enjoyed for honest dealing is indicated in the fact that on many occasions the men employing him made no contract whatever, knowing that he could be depended upon to conserve their best interests and welfare, having no trouble at the time of settlement.

He built the stockade and the enclosed buildings on Rock Island, in which the Confederate prisoners were confined during the war. He also erected the First National Bank building, the Parker residence, which is now the home of C. A. Ficke, and in many other instances gave evidence of his skill in the line of Davenport's architectural development.

He was, moreover, one of the orginal stockholders and directors of the old Citizens National Bank and was interested in a number of Davenport enterprises. His judgments in business matters were always the outcome of careful consideration and his record constitutes an example which may well be followed by those who wish to attain success through honorable methods.

In this city, in 1857, Mr. McClelland was united in marriage to Miss ANNA B KNAPP, and here they always maintained their home, its hospitality being greatly enjoyed by their many friends.

Throughout the years of his residence here Mr. McClelland took an active interest in all that pertained to the benefit of the city. In early days he did his part as a member of a volunteer fire department and in 1869 he was awarded official honors in his election as alderman of the fifth ward. In 1873 he was called to represent the fourth ward in the city council and was again elected in 1874.

His death occurred January 26, 1902. A man of quiet and unobtrusive manner, he was nevertheless a fast friend and his course at the same time was characterized by great kindness and courtesy. He was a familiar face in many places where the most interesting men gathered in Davenport and in his demise the community lost one of its most honored and useful citizens, for he was a representative of that group of men whose lives are conspicuous for ability; force of character, integrity and generous aims. Mrs. McClelland is still living in Davenport.

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