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
marriage became the mother of three children, two of whom survive.
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.
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.
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.