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Delaware County, Iowa


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Frank H. Lawrence


Delaware Township



      Frank H. Lawrence, a well known and enterprising agriculturist of Delaware township, is the owner of a farm of eighty three acres on sections 9 and 10. His birth occurred in Winnebago county, Illinois, on the 21st of August, 1869, and in the acquirement of an education the common schools. He remained under the parental roof until he was married at the age of twenty two years and subsequently was employed as clerk in a grocery store for a short time. He then took up his abode on his father's farm and in 1903 purchased the tract of eighty three acres on sections 9 and 10, Delaware township, which he has operated continuously during the intervening years. Mr. Lawrence has made many substantial improvements and the neat appearance of the property bespeaks his careful supervision. He makes a specialty of dairying on connection with farming, having a number of fine Holstein cattle.

      As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Lawrence chose Miss Ada Smith, who was born in Coffins Grove township, Delaware county, on the 23d of June, 1873, her parents being Frank and Nellie J. (Duhl) Smith, natives of Ohio and Indiana respectively. The father came to Iowa in 1852, entering a tract of land in Coffins Grove township, Delaware county, on which he erected a log cabin which remained his home for several years. Subsequently he took up his abode on the county farm at Delhi and there served as steward for ten years. His demise occurred on the 1st of October, 1904, but his widow survives at the age of seventy three years. They were the parents of two children: William B., who is deceased; and Mrs. Ada Lawrence. To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have been born seven children, as follows: Howard S., whose natal day was March 17, 1894; Roger W., born July 11, 1896; Franklin R., whose birth occurred July 22, 1899; Jennie B., born January 29, 1902; Ada K. born April 11, 1904; Mildred E. born May 22, 1909; and Henry M. whose birth occurred on the 22n of January, 1912.

      Mr. Lawrence gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is identified fraternally with the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to Camp No. 89. In his home community he is well known and highly esteemed as a substantial agriculturist as well as a progressive, enterprising and public spirited citizen.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 273-274. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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