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Frank F. Larson

Many of the most prosperous and public-spirited citizens of Iowa are natives of Sweden or descendants of Swedish ancestry. The traits of frugality, industry and self-reliance so prominent in the people of the mother country have been exemplified by their representatives in the new world, and it is seldom we meet with a Swede in America who is not self-supporting or financially independent. Frank F. Larson, who owns a valuable farm of two hundred and twenty acres in Crawford county, is a striking example of success in agricultural pursuits accomplished by one who was born in Sweden and sought a home in this republic.

His eyes first opened to the light of day November 22, 1862. He is a son of John and Mary (Anderson) Larson, a record of whom appears in the sketch of Andrew Larson, which may be found elsewhere in this work.

Frank F. Larson came to this country with his parents and remained at home until arriving at maturity. He worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and subsequently engaged in farming in Crawford county, Iowa, prosecuting his work with such ability that he now owns one of the most beautiful farms in Otter Creek township. He has made many improvements thereon, erecting buildings and fences, and putting in drainage, etc., and as he is very energetic and enterprising he meets with a goodly measure of prosperity. He specializes in the raising and feeding of stock, which he handles to excellent advantage, being thoroughly acquainted with this line of business.

In March, 1896, Mr. Larson was united in marriage to Miss Anna Meyers, who was born in Sweden, March 7, 1873, and came to America when she was seventeen years of age. She is a daughter of Charles and Martha (Falk) Meyers, both of whom were born in Sweden. The mother died in 1887, but the father is still living in the old country. There were six children in their family.

Four children have come to bless the union of Mr. and Mrs. Larson, namely: Rudolph, Edith, Erma and Ray C.

Mr. Larson and his wife are members of the Lutheran church and are rearing their children in the same faith. Politically, he gives his support to the republican party, believing that in so doing he is advancing the permanent interests of the nation. In business affairs he is prompt and reliable, and in all the relations of life he aims to perform his duty to the best of his ability and has thus gained a reputation as one of the substantial men of this section.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.