IOWA ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION VOLUME III 1804-1926
J. C. HEADINGTON
The name of Jess C. Headington occupies a prominent place on the listof Sioux City's active, successful and well-liked citizens.His record asa public official has been a most commendable one, being marked by strictfidelity to duty, while as a business man he gained marked prestige for soundjudgment and discrimination.He was born in Winneshiek county, Iowa, onthe 17th of March, 1881, and is a son of Thomas and Caroline (Wepler)Headington, who were early settlers in Winneshiek county, where the father was engaged in farming to the time of his death, which occurred in 1890.He was survived many years by his widow, who passed away in 1917.
Having secured his early education in the public schools of his native county, Jess C. Headington then took a course in a business college.When eighteen years of age, he and two of his brothers engaged in business in Mason City, remaining there five years, and on September 1, 1903, he came to Sioux City and engaged in the fruit business with his brother Henry, under the firmname of Mabie & Headington.He was identified with that undertaking for twelve years and then turned his attention to the fruit brokerage business and still later engaged in the real estate business.In 1918 Mr. Headington was elected treasurer of Woodbury county, filling the office for a term of two years. In 1922 he was elected a member of the city council and was re-elected in 1924. He now holds the office of commissioner of finance of Sioux City. He has given conscientious attention to the duties of all positions held by him and has thereby gained a large and loyal following throughout the city.
On April14, 1908, Mr. Headington was united in marriage to MissFlorence Robinson, daughter of Elijah and Della (Flint) Robinson, natives ofIllinois, who moved to South Dakota in an early day and in 1890 came to SiouxCity. Mr. and Mrs. Headington have three children, June Corine, Vergeneand DArlene Jessie.Mr. Headington is an earnest supporter of thedemocratic party and has been active and influential in local public affairs.During the World war he took a prominent part in the Liberty loan and RedCross drives.He is a member of Landmark Lodge, No. 103, A. F. & A.M.; Sioux City Consistory, No. 5, A. & A. S. R.m and Abu-Bekr Temple, A. A.O. N. M. S.He also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks andthe Knights of Pythias, to the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, the Shore AcreBoat Club, and was formerly a member of the Rotary Club.His religiousfaith is that of the Church of Christ, Scientist.He is a strong andpersistent booster for Sioux City and has at all times cooperated in allmovements for its betterment and the advancement of its prosperity.He isa consistent man in all that he does, has been loyal and true in all therelations of life and is held in the highest regard by his fellowcitizens.