Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 572-73.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Frank M. Carroll

Frank M. Carroll, who operates the old home farm of eighty acres, situated in Coon township, was born in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, February 25, 1881, and. as the name indicates, comes of Irish ancestry, his father, Andrew Carroll, having been born in Ireland, October 15, 1834.  He was married to Miss Mary Cunningham and about the time of the Civil war emigrated to America.  For a time he followed farming in New York but later continued his journey into the interior of the country and located in Lafayette county, Wisconsin where he purchased a small tract of land and engaged in farming until 1882, when he made his way to Buena Vista county and having disposed of his land in the north, invested his money in eighty acres, located in Coon township, where he has made his home to the present time, being classed among the substantial men of this section of the state.  He is a democrat in his political views and is a communicant of the Catholic church.  His wife, who as above stated, bore the maiden name of Mary Cunningham, was likewise a native of the Emerald isle, born August 15, 1844, by her marriage she has become the mother of two sons and two daughters:  Maggie, at home; Sarah, the wife of Thomas Thompson; and John, who is a contractor and builder of windmills.


The other member of the family, Frank M. Carroll, was but one year old when brought by his parents to Buena Vista county. He attended district school No. 7 of Coon township, to the age of twenty years and in the meantime assisted his father in the operation of the home place during the periods of vacation.  The son now has full charge of the farm, for his father is now well advanced in years and practically living retired.  Mr. Carroll is an enterprising young farmer, possessing that laudable ambition that ultimately leads to success in the business world.  He is popular among his associates and greatly admired for his many social qualities.  Following in the political footsteps of his father, he supports the men and measures of democracy, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Catholic church.