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Delaware County, Iowa


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Henry F. Boll


Coffins Grove Twp.



    Henry F. Boll, who owns and operates a farm embracing one hundred and sixty acres on section 2, Coffins Grove township, making a specialty of dairying, is a well known agriculturist of the community. His birth occurred in Jones county, Iowa, on the 12th of February, 1871, his parents being William and Fredericka (Storm) Boll, both of whom were natives of Germany. They emigrated to the United States in 1853, locating first in Wisconsin and subsequently in Jones county, Iowa, where the father worked on the railroad for five years. On the expiration of that period they settled on a farm in Dubuque county, Iowa, and there William Boll passed away in 1885. His widow afterward gave her hand in marriage to C. L. Graham and still survives at the age of sixty six years. By her first husband she had eight children, seven of whom are yet living, and by her second marriage became the mother of three children, two of whom survive.
    Henry F. Boll attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and when seventeen years of age began to provide for his own support, being employed as a farm hand for three years. Subsequently he operated a rented tract of land in Delaware county for eight years and on the expiration of that period purchased the property, which has since remained in his possession and which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 2, Coffins Grove township. He makes a specialty of dairying and is widely recognized as one of the prosperous and representative agriculturists of the county.
     In 1891 Mr. Boll was united in marriage to Miss Eva Breyfogel, a native of South Dakota and a daughter of Michael and Lavina (Fisher) Breyfogel, who were born in Pennsylvania and New York respectively. To our subject and his wife have been born five children, as follows: Archie L., who is now a resident of
Ames, Kansas; Floyd H., Vera and Leon, all at home; and one who died in infancy.
    Mr. Boll gives his political allegiance to the prohibition party, being convinced that the liquor traffic is one of the worst evils with which the country has to contend. He has done able service as a member of the school board. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Wesleyan Methodist church, to which his wife also belongs. Mr. Boll is widely known here, and his substantial qualities of manhood and character have gained for him an enviable position in the regard of those with whom he has come in contact.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 147 -148.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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