“James E. Ware, of the firm of J. P. & J. E. Ware, hardware dealers of Mediapolis, Iowa, is a native of Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, born Aug. 16, 1848, and is a son of William and Sarah K. (Parrett) Ware, both parents being natives of Ross County, Ohio. They came to Des Moines County in its pioneer days, when the land was still in its native state, and the now populous city of Burlington contained but few inhabitants, and settled in Yellow Spring Township in 1843. There our subject was born, and there his boyhood days were passed, his education being received at the district schools and supplemented by a course in the Yellow Spring Academy. On the 28th of December, 1872, the marriage of J. E. Ware and Miss Mary E. Stahl was celebrated. She is a daughter of B. F. and Clarissa (Todd) Stahl, both of whom were natives of the Buckeye State. By this union two children were born, a son and a daughter–Charlie R. and Ethel A.
Mr. Ware first embarked in the hardware business in the spring of 1876, forming a partnership with C. H. Parrett, this establishment being the first of its kind in the place, and continuing the same until August, 1876. Purchasing Mr. Parrett’s interest in November, 1880, he conducted the business alone for two years, at the end of which time his elder brother, Joseph P., became a partner. Their present store building on Main street was erected in 1882, and there may be found a complete stock of general hardware and farming implements, they making a specialty of reapers, movers and twine binders, and, as it well deserves, the firm enjoys a good trade. Politically, Mr. Ware is a stanch Republican, and being a prohibitionist from principle believes in the strict enforcement of the temperance laws. His first presidential vote was cast for Gen. Grant. Socially he is a member of the I. O. O. F., is P. G. and is Treasurer of Garner Lodge, No. 379. He was elected in 1888 to represent the District in the Grand Lodge of the State of Iowa, held at Sioux City of that year. Mr. Ware has been a member for three years of the Town Council of Mediapolis.
Mr. and Mrs. Ware are both members of the Presbyterian Church. He is Secretary of the Sunday-school, and takes a lively interest in all work pertaining to that body, and is favorably known as an upright business man and good citizen.”