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Frank R. McLaughlin, one of the leading citizens of Lincoln township, Audubon county, Iowa, who owns a highly productive farm of two hundred and forty acres in this township, was born on August 27, 1853, in Newark, Ohio, the son of Charles and Rachel (Covall) McLaughlin, both of whom were natives of Ohio.

After receiving an elementary education in his native state, Charles McLaughlin took up farming on a farm of one hundred and thirty acres in Licking county, Ohio. Here he farmed until 1861, when he removed to Illinois, where he farmed and teamed for more than twenty-five years. He then came to Audubon county, and made his home with his son, Frank R., living with him until his death, October 11, 1903. Mrs. Rachel (Covall) McLaughhn died on March 11, 1874. They had eight children, four of whom are now living. Frank R., however, is the only one living in the state of Iowa.


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Frank R. McLaughlin received his education in Illinois, and after finishing his education, he worked out as a farm hand for several years, and then purchased a team and rented a farm in Illinois for six years. In 1885 Mr. McLaughlin came to Audubon county, and located on the farm where he is now living. After renting it for five years he purchased the place, and during the time he has owned it has invested more than six thousand dollars in various kinds of improvements. Mr. McLaughlin is an extensive farmer, and feeds more than two hundred head of hogs every year, as well as two carloads of cattle.

On March 19, 1885, Frank R. McLaughlin was married to Cora Evans, who was born on October 21, 1862, a daughter of Oliver and Luta (Goodrich) Evans. To this happy union eight children have been born, as follow: Maude, deceased; Charles, of Manning, Iowa, auctioneer and real estate dealer; Ray, Mae, Glenn, Gladys, Hazen and Grace. Glenn married Elizabeth Schrumn, and they have one child, Imogene. The remainder of the children are unmarried and live at home with their parents. Mrs. McLaughlin died on June 27, 1911. She was a member of the United Brethren church.

Mr. McLaughlin is a steward in the United Brethren church, and also a trustee. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a noble grand in that lodge, at Gray, having been through the chairs three different times. He has been a member of Utopia Lodge, No. 161, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, since 1887. He was formerly township trustee of Lincoln township for ten years, and also served for a time as school director. Mr. McLaughlin considers himself a progressive Republican, although he is somewhat independent in his voting.

Frank R. McLaughlin is not only a skillful, enterprising and highly successful farmer, but he is also a man who takes a worthy interest in public questions and praiseworthy public movements. He is well informed and keeps abreast with all modern political and civic currents and movements. Mr. McLaughlin is popular in the community where he lives.

Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 768-769.
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