IOWA ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION VOLUME III 1804-1926
E. S. McGREW
Among the progressive and enterprising business men of Spirit Lake is numbered Edwin S. McGrew, proprietor of one of the leading drug stores of this city. Born in Steubenville, Jefferson county, Ohio, on the 1st of February, 1868, he is a son of Addison J. and Abbie (Armstrong) McGrew, both of whom were born and reared in that county, where the father followed farming. In 1892 Addison McGrew came to Iowa, locating in Louisa county, where an older son lived, and there he made his home during the remainder of his life.
Edwin S. McGrew attended the public schools of Steubenville, after which he studied in Scio College, and then entered the Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy, from which he was graduated in the spring of 1895. Immediately thereafter he came to Spirit Lake, Iowa, and took a position as pharmacist in the drug store of Dr. E. A. Brownell, with whom he remained about five years. He then bought a half interest in the drug store of W. F. Dexheimer, to whom he sold back his interest two and a half years later. He next bought the Brownell drug store, in which he had first worked, and has conducted the business continuously since. He carries a full line of drugs and standard proprietary medicines, as well as a large and well selected stock of such sundries and auxiliary lines as are to be found in an up-to-date drug store. By courtesy and prompt service he has built up a large and steadily increasing business and is now numbered among the leading druggists of Dickinson county.
In 1904 Mr. McGrew was married to Mrs. Catherine Hemingwolf, the daughter of P. S. Mott, who was one of the pioneer homesteaders of Dickinson county. He served two terms as sheriff of the county and was prominent in local public affairs. Mr. McGrew is a member of Twilight Lodge, No. 329, A. F. & A. M.; Spirit Lake Chapter, No. 132, R. A. M.; Esdraelon Commandery, No. 52, K. T.; and Abu-Bekr Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church and is a member of the board of trustees. Candid and straightforward in all of his relations with the public and genial and friendly in his social contacts, he has a wide acquaintance throughout this section of the country and is held in high esteem.