|33||The Founding of Zearing, Iowa||33|
There has been some disagreement concerning the question of the first child born in Zearing. Zearing didn't cover much territory when it was founded. People buying lots in the new town had to build houses before they could move from their homes outside the town. The question was whether the lot owner actually lived in his new house before the child was born.
Lena Richardson Warner, a member of Zearing's first family, said that Ernest Bean was the first baby born in Zearing. Grace Bean Campbell states that her brother, Ernest, was born on January 30, 1882, at the Bean home located northeast of the intersection of Pine Street and Garfield Street. William C. Young states that the Bean home was located within the original limits of Zearing.
Guy E. Golly was born on March 26, 1882, at the hotel in Zearing owned by his grandfather, John S. Golly.