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John M. Lindly Papers

Identifier: MsC0433

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Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence, the papers of John M. Lindly consist of three linear feet of manuscripts documenting his life and career as a pharmacist and banker in Winfield, Iowa. Diaries and correspondence combined with subject files on topics ranging from bank business to funeral service programs or invoices from Lindly's Drug Store to the Winfield Presbyterian Church make up the collection. These papers, which span over 100 years, provide information not only about Lindly, his family and business, but also about the community of Winfield, Iowa.


  • Creation: 1828-1946
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1910


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

John Milton Lindly was born near Lindly’s Mills, Pennsylvania, on November 17, 1864. In April 1866, his parents moved their family to Winfield, Iowa. It was there that Lindly attended public schools before becoming a student at Iowa Wesleyan University. Lindly received his diploma from the University of Iowa’s department of pharmacy in 1889. He graduated from the National Institute of Pharmacy in Chicago on August 1, 1892. Lindly passed the Iowa Board of Pharmacy examinations in 1888 and was also registered in Arkansas in 1904.

He was an active member of the Iowa State Pharmaceutical Association, chairing many committees and delegations. Lindly was also a charter member of the Alumni Association Pharmaceutical Department at the University of Iowa, in 1897, and served as president from 1899 to 1900. He was very involved in state and local affairs. He was the cashier and later president of the Bank of Winfield, which was established by his father, and he owned Lindly’s Drug Store. He was elected mayor of Winfield in an unopposed election in 1900, but declined the office. Lindly did however serve on the local school board and he was the town clerk for two years. He was also a Democratic state senator early in the century, and was a delegate to many state and national political conventions.


3.00 Linear Feet

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Pharmacist and banker from Winfield, Iowa. Diaries, scrapbook, and subject files documenting Lindly's career and family. Also includes historical materials relating to Winfield, Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted to the University of Iowa in 1984 by John P. Vander Maas.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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