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Delaware County, Iowa


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Frank L. Gibbs


Bremen & North Fork Twps.



      Frank L. Gibbs owns two hundred and eighty-two acres in Bremen and North Fork townships and is meeting with well deserved success in the cultivation of his land. He was born in this county on the 27th of September, 1877, a son of Edward and Ada L. (Pilgrim) Gibbs. The father was a native of England and emigrated to the United States in 1852, when a youth of thirteen years. He came immediately to Delaware county and devoted his time to farm work.   He eventually became the owner of one hundred and sixty one acres of land and operated it successfully until his death, which occurred September 15, 1893. The mother was a daughter of Henry R. and Elizabeth (Clifton) Pilgrim, natives of England. In 1853 they came to the United States and located first in Cleveland, Ohio, where the father engaged in the nursery and greenhouse business for about five years. He then removed to Dyersville, Dubuque county, Iowa, and for about three years teamed from Dubuque to Dyersville. At the end of that time he came to this county and rented a farm, which he operated. His wife died in 1861 and he later married Mrs. Sarah Pierce. He died at Greeley in September, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gibbs were married on the 22d of February, 1872, and became the parents of three children: Ellen L., who married F. M. Clifton, of Earlville; Alice A., the wife of James E. Kenney, of Earlville; and Frank L., the subject of this review.

    The last named attended the district schools in the pursuit of an education and grew to manhood in this county. He is a farmer by occupation and owns two hundred and eighty two acres of good land situated in Bremen and North Fork townships and derives a good annual income from his agricultural labors. He raises graded cattle and full blooded Duroc Jersey hogs in addition to cultivating the fields and as he manages his business well his assets are steadily increasing.

     Mr. Gibbs was married on the 10th of March, 1904, to Miss Emma Gertrude Orvis, a daughter of C. F. and Mary E. (Phelps) Orvis, natives of Ohio and Princeton, Illinois, respectively. Their marriage occurred in the latter place and in 1875 they removed to Nebraska, where they lived until 1900. They then settled at Dubuque, Iowa, where the father died February 5, 1914, and where the mothers still makes her home. To Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs have been born three children, as follows: Harry Edward, whose birth occurred November 14, 1906; James Orvis, born December 8, 1908; and Frank Leslie, born December 15, 1911.

     Mr. Gibbs is a republican and is a member of the republican county central committee. He is widely known throughout the county and all who have been brought into contact with him rightly consider him a successful agriculturist and a just and upright man.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 213.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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