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H. H. Frahm

There are quite a number of residents in Crawford county who are of German nativity and among these is H. H. Frahm, a prosperous farmer of Denison township.

He was born in Schleswig-Holstein August 22, 1868, a son of Herman and Maggie (Luth) Frahm. His early youth was spent in Carroll county, Iowa, where he obtained his education in the public schools and there remained with his parents until twenty-two years old. He then left the home place and removed to Denison, where for ten years he engaged in stock buying and the elevator business, at the end of which period he bought one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 35, Denison township.

Mr. Frahm has taken an active part in politics, always casting his vote for the republican party, and has held the office of school director of his township. He is a member of the Holiness church, with which, during her lifetime, his wife was also affiliated. In 1890 M. Frahm was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Burkhoffer, who was a native of Switzerland and whose demise occurred November 21, 1910. They were the parents of the following six children: John; Lillian, deceased; Harry Alfred; Hattie Hazel; Henry Willie; and Fay Ruby.

Herman Frahm, the father of our subject, was born in Schleswig, while the mother's birth occurred in Holstein, Germany. He followed the vocation of farming in his native country until 1874, in which year he cattle to the United States, living in Chicago for awhile, but subsequently removing to Carron county, Iowa, where he resided for twenty years. He then, in 1893, moved to Crawford county and took up his residence in the city of Denison, where he is still living. Mr. Frahm having attained the ripe age of eighty-seven years and his wife that of eighty-three. They enjoy the distinction of being one of the oldest couples in the county. Mr. Frahm is still the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land in Carroll county.

To them were born ten children, as follows: Maggie, Katie and John, all three deceased; Tina, wife of N. A. Miller, residing in Milford, Iowa; Peter, a farmer living near Mason City, Iowa; Herman, who lives at Stratton, Colorado; Maggie and Lizzie, both deceased; H. H., the subject of this sketch; and George, who is in the draying business at Denison.

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