The business interests of Woodward find a worthy representative in Anthony M. McColl, of the firm of McColl Brothers, who have been actively associated with the commercial interests of the town for seventeen years. Moreover, he is well known in political circles and has an official record over which there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil. He served for three consecutive terms as county clerk of Dallas county, and his re-election stands as incontrovertible evidence of his ability and faithfulness in office. He came to Dallas county in 1877, being then a young man of nineteen years, his birth having occurred in Caledonia, New York, on the 19th of May, 1858. His father, the Hon. Hugh D. McColl, was also born in New York where he grew to manhood and was married there to Miss Jane A. Wooster whose birth occurred in Schenectady, New York, and who was from an old Massachusetts family. Hugh D. McColl was a farmer and successful business man in New York, well known in his home community and throughout the state by reason of his prominence as a politician. He was elected and served for two terms in the general assembly of the Empire state and had a wide acquaintance among the law-makers of the commonwealth. With his family he removed to the west in 1877, settling in Dallas county, Iowa. He purchased a tract of land in Des Moines township which he broke and cultivated, transforming it from a wild tract into a good farm. Upon that place he spent his remaining days, his death being occasioned by an accident in 1887. His wife survived him a number of years and passed away on the 16th of January, 1906, at the age of eighty years.
Anthony M. McColl was reared to manhood in Caledonia, New York, and the common school afforded him his educational advantages. His knowledge, however, has largely been acquired by self training since coming to years of maturity, and he is today a well informed man, having a good knowledge of all subjects of general interest, while in his home is a well selected library with the contents of which he is largely familiar. He and his brother assisted in opening up, developing and carrying on the home farm and remained with their father until his death. As stated, they have always been associated in their business enterprises, but before entering upon his present mercantile interests in Woodward Anthony M. McColl had varied experience as a public official. He has always been a stalwart republican in politics and was nominated and elected county clerk of Dallas county in 1890. He served for four years and was re-elected in 1894. Toward the close of his second term of office he received the nomination and was reelected, so that his incumbency in the office covered a period of six rears. During that time he made a special study of probate business. His duties were discharged promptly and ably and the public gave him endorsement for what he did. He retired from the office as he had entered it--with the confidence and good will of all concerned and upon the expiration of his third term removed to Woodward where he joined his twin brother, who had bought out a grain and lumber business here. Anthony M. McColl then took charge of the interests at Woodward while Donald D. McColl remained in Perry in charge of the grain and lumber business which they purchased at that point.
Anthony M. McColl was united in marriage in Woodward, Iowa, on the 15th of October, 1903, to Miss Bess Craft, who was born and reared in Woodward and is a daughter of W.S. Craft, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume.