A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
LOUIS W. LONDON has had a business career that has identified him with the
City of Osceola in Clarke County for more than half a century. He is perhaps
the dean of local business men, and he is spoken of as not only a successful
merchant but a man who has lived up to his obligations as a citizen and
Mr. London was born in Clarke County, Ohio, February 8, 1857. He grew up on
a farm, had the advantages of district schools, and in 1874, when he was
seventeen years of age, became clerk in a drug store at Osceola. He studied
pharmacy, graduated after a period of training and in 1878 started a business of
his own. This he has operated for fifty-two years, and has kept his store
at all times competent to the needs and demands of the times. It is a popular
business place, and in its appointments and service is one of the finest drug
stores in Southern Iowa.
Mr. London has taken a quiet but effective interest in his community and
served four years on the city council. He is a member of the Masonic
fraternity, belonging to the York rite bodies and Kaaba Temple of the Mystic Shrine at
Davenport. Mrs. London is a member of the Christian Church and of the P. E.
O. Sisterhood, and has been a member of the leading clubs and other
organizations of women in Osceola during the past fifty years.
Mr. London married at Osceola in 1883 Miss Olive O. Balou, daughter of
Joseph M. and Mary (Chaney) Balou. They have two children. Their son, Joseph P.,
who is married and living in Colorado, enlisted at Kansas City, Missouri, in
the Medical Corps for service in the World war and was overseas in France.
The daughter, Nellie Elizabeth, graduated from the School of Pharmacy of the
Iowa State University, and is now the wife of Mr. M. E. Patterson, of Napa,
California. They have a son, John London Patterson.
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