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Frederick G. Bell

Frederick G. Bell maintains his residence in his native city of McGregor, Clayton county, and has gained prominence and influence as one of the representative factors in connection with the important operations involved in the grain industry in this section of the Union, as he is now the incumbent of the responsible position of manager at McGregor of the interests and extensive business of the firm of Gilchrist & Company, which maintains a great chain of grain elevators throughout Minnesota and northern Iowa. Mr. Bell is one of the alert business men and popular and publicspirited citizens of McGregor and is a member of a family whose name has been long and worthily identified with the annals of Clayton county.

He was born at McGregor on the 12th of May, 1874, and is the second in order of birth of the three children of Colin F. and Lacy (Sloan) Bell, the former a native of the State of New York and the latter of Illinois. Of the three children the first-born was a son who died in infancy, and the youngest of the number is Miss Elizabeth Bell, who still maintains her home at McGregor. Colin F. Bell came to Clayton county in the pioneer days and was for many years engaged actively and successfully in the buying and shipping of grain, with residence and business headquarters at McGregor, where he died Feb. 1st, 1905, when about 82 years of age, and where his wife passed away May 1st, 1906.

Frederick G. Bell acquired his early education in the public schools of McGregor and supplemented this discipline by an effective course in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, at Troy, New York. After his return to McGregor he became associated with his father in the grain business, with which he has since continued to be identified and in connection with which his experience has been such as to give him authoritative knowledge of all conditions and details. As manager for Gilchrist & Company he has supervision of a large and important business in the buying and shipping of grain, and his progressiveness and loyalty are further shown in the lively interest which he shows in all that touches the welfare of his native city and county. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party. Mr. Bell holds membership in the Congregational church, his wife following the precepts of the Christian Science church.

August 8,1911, was the date that recorded the marriage of Mr. Bell to Miss Emma Farnum, who was born and reared at Mason City, Cerro Gordo county, this State, and they have four children — Farnum, Colin, Lyman and Lacy. It should be noted that Mr. Bell's interest in and prominent association with the grain business is further evidenced by his holding membership in the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 34

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