A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and NewYork 1931
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 isperhaps the dean of local business men, and he is spoken of as not only asuccessful merchant but a man who has lived up to his obligations as a citizenand community worker.
Mr. London was born in Clarke County, Ohio, February 8, 1857.Hegrew up on a farm, had the advantages of district schools, and in 1874, when hewas seventeen years of age, became clerk in a drug store at Osceola.Hestudied pharmacy, graduated after a period of training and in 1878 started abusiness of his own.This he has operated for fifty-two years, and haskept 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 oneof the finest drug stores in Southern Iowa.
Mr. London has taken a quiet but effective interest in his communityand 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 MysticShrine at Davenport.Mrs. London is a member of the Christian Church andof 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 twochildren.Their son, Joseph P., who is married and living in Colorado,enlisted at Kansas City, Missouri, in the Medical Corps for service in the Worldwar and was overseas in France. The daughter, Nellie Elizabeth, graduatedfrom the School of Pharmacy of the Iowa State University, and is now the wife ofMr. M. E. Patterson, of Napa, California.They have a son, John LondonPatterson.