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Frank E. Comstock

Frank E. Comstock, a well known and enterprising agriculturist of East Boyer township, resides on a highly improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres and also owns a quarter section of land in Iowa township.

His birth occurred in this state on the 5th of October, 1880, his parents being John W. and Ella (Keller) Comstock. A sketch of the father appears on another page of this work. John W. Comstock came to Crawford county when his son Frank was one year old and has resided within its borders continuously since. Unto him and his wife were born seven children, as follows: Charles, who is a resident of Montana; Frank E., of this review; Nellie, the wife of Patrick Hassett, who follows farming in Denison township; and May, Dowie, David and Mabel, all of whom are yet at home.

Frank E. Comstock attended the common schools of Nishnabotny township in the acquirement of an education and remained on his father's farm until twenty-six years of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. He resided in Goodrich township for two years and then came to East Boyer township, locating on the farm which has remained his place of abode continuously since. The property embraces one hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land and all of the improvements thereon stand as monuments to his enterprise and industry. In addition to his home farm he owns a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in Iowa township, which is also under a high state of cultivation. He annually gathers rich and abundant harvests as a reward for his labor and well deserves recognition among the substantial and representative citizens of the community.

On the 24th of April, 1906, Mr. Comstock was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Hassett, a daughter of Jerry and Bridget (O'Donovan) Hassett, who are natives of Ireland and now make their home in Denison, Iowa. They are the parents of eleven children, namely: Mary, the wife of Michael McMann, of Denison, this state; Con, who is a resident of East Boyer township; Bridget, the wife of Francis McSurley, of Nishnabotny township; Tom, an agriculturist of East Boyer township; Patrick, living in Denison township; Maggie, who is the wife of Patrick Lane and resides near Vail, Iowa; John, who resides on the old homestead in East Boyer township; Nellie, the wife of James Bowman, of Washington township; Mrs. Comstock; Kate, who is employed as a stenographer by the Swanson Lumber Company of Denison; Iowa; and Lizzie, the wife of Clarence O'Mara, of Washington township.

Unto our subject and his wife has been born one child, Francis Lee, whose birth occurred on the 4th of February, 1907.

In politics Mr. Comstock is a republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Catholic church, of which his wife is likewise a communicant. He has won a creditable measure of prosperity for one of his years and the sterling qualities of his manhood have made the circle of his. friends almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintances.

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