Buena Vista County, IA
USGenWeb Project

Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 475-76.

Biography of  the Buck Brothers

Although among the younger representatives of agricultural interests in Buena Vista county, the firm of Buck Brothers, consisting of R. R. and Leslie Buck, are none the less prominent.  They operate a well improved farm of three hundred and fifty acres located on section 6, Storm Lake township, and are successfully engaged in general farming and stock-raising.  They are natives of Clayton county. Iowa.  They are R. R., born August 27, 1875, and Leslie, born 1883, sons of A. C. Buck, a native of Vermont, who was born on an island in Lake Champlain in 1826 and is a son of C. A. Buck, who was born in New England and was a soldier of the war of 1812, while his father, Moses Buck, was a soldier of the Revolutionary war.

A. C. Buck, the father of our subjects, was reared in Vermont and was a young man of twenty-two years when, becoming imbued with the desire to try his fortune in the new west, he made his way from New England to Clayton county, Iowa, becoming one of its pioneer settlers.  He married Miss Sarah Peters, also a native of the Green Mountain state, and through their combined efforts they accumulated two hundred and forty acres of land, which the father placed under a good state of cultivation.  They made their home on that farm until 1892, when they removed to Buena Vista county and both still survive.  The father is now a hale and hearty old man of eighty-two years, while the mother is well preserved at sixty-seven years.  Their family numbers four sons:  E. R., who married Minnie L. Clark, of Storm Lake, and is now practicing medicine in Hudson, South Dakota; R. R.; Arthur, who is unmarried and makes his home with his brother a part of the time; and Leslie, also unmarried.

R. R. Buck was reared to farm life in Clayton county and was given the advantages of a good education, graduating from the Storm Lake high school.  He remained with his father on the home farm until the time of his marriage, having assumed full management of the place for some time.  In connection with his brothers he is now operating three hundred and fifty acres on section 6, Storm Lake township, and in connection with his brother, Leslie, he is engaged in general farming and in raising and feeding stock, shipping to the city market about one carload of hogs and one carload of cattle each year.  In 1900 they raised a large crop of alfalfa hay, being the first to introduce this product in Buena Vista county, which has since been found to be a success and is now raised on quite an extensive scale.  The brothers are alert and enterprising, studying the best methods of agriculture and putting into practice the new methods of which they read.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Buck is made happy by their two little sons, Joyce and Clarence.  They also lost their eldest, Carroll, who died when three months old.  R. R. Buck and wife are members of the Storm Lake Methodist Episcopal church and both are active in church and Sunday school work.  The brothers are independent in their political views and affiliations.  They are prominent young people, commanding the esteem and confidence of a large circle of friends.