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Frank Bente

Frank Bente is a scion of the third generation of the Bente family in Clayton county, with whose annals the name has been identified since the early pioneer days, and he is now one of the extensive and representative agriculturists and stock-growers of his native county, where he is the owner of a well improved landed estate of three hundred and twenty-seven acres, in sections 11 and 12, Boardman township and with free mail service on one of the rural delivery routes from Elkader, the county seat.

Mr. Bente was born in Cox Creek township, this county, on the 17th of February, 1876, and is a son of William and Margaret (Kress) Bente, both of whom were born in Germany but reared and educated in the United States. William Bente was a child of three years at the time of his parents' immigration to America and he became one of the pioneer settlers in what is now Cox Creek township, Clayton county, Iowa, where he reclaimed and improved a valuable farm and where he continued his residence until his death, which occurred in 1910. He was one of the substantial and highly esteemed citizens of this county, was a Republican in politics and was a communicant of the Lutheran church, as is also his widow, who now maintains her home at Elkader, the county seat. Of their ten children the eldest is Henry, who is a prosperous farmer in Read township; Louis resides at Elkader; George is engaged in farming in Boardman township; Mary is the wife of Adolph Altschul, of Duluth, Minnesota; Frank, of this review, was the fifth child; Annie is the wife of Edward Messe, of Littleport, this county; Michael is a farmer in Cox Creek township; Katherine is the wife of Robert Englart, and they reside in the city of Chicago; Ida is the wife of John Miller of that city; and Elizabeth is the wife of Morris Hesner, of Strawberry Point, Clayton county.

Frank Bente passed the period of his childhood and youth on his father's farm and in the meanwhile fortified himself in mental discipline by attending the public schools. He continued to be associated with the work and management of the home farm until he was twenty-three years of age, and in his independent career as an agriculturist and stock-grower he has shown himself ambitious, resourceful and progressive, with the result that he has gained distinctive success and is to be designated as one of the representative farmers of his native county. In 1907 he purchased his present fine farm of three hundred and twenty-seven acres, and he is making the same one of the model places of the county, with a consistent application to diversified agriculture and the raising of good grades of live stock. He is aligned as a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican party, is affiliated with the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, and both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church.

On the first of August, 1900, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Bente to Miss Lena A. Scheer, who has likewise born and reared in Clayton county and who is a daughter of Frederick and Lena Scheer, both natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Bente have two children — Florence Mary, who was born October 30, 1902; and Ralph William Edward, who was born December 19, 1903.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 38-39

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