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Delaware County, Iowa


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John L. Rose




      John L. Rose, a farmer of Coffins Grove township, is a native son of the county, born in Masonville, March 1, 1866. His parents were  Thomas and Lucy (Ford) Rose, natives of London, England, and Canada, respectively. The father came to America and located in New York state in 1838, but in the early '50s came west, settling in Illinois. The mother, who was a daughter of William Ford, accompanied her parents to Illinois and was there married to Thomas Rose. To this union were born three children, but the subject of this review is the only survivor. The mother died in Masonville in 1910 and the father survived until January 6, 1913 when he, too, was called to his reward. He was by occupation a stock shipper and attained considerable success in his business. He and his  wife came to this country in 1891 and continued to reside here until their deaths.

     John L. Rose pursued his education in the public schools of this county and upon starting out in life for himself became a clerk in a general mercantile

store in Masonville. He was also connected with his father in the buying and selling of stock. The association continued mutually pleasurable and profitable for twelve years, but in 1900 the son took up his home upon a farm of two hundred and forty acres north of Masonville, which in the meantime had come into his possession. He has since given his time and attention to general farming and the excellence of his crops and the high grade of stock found upon his place are the best proof of his ability and energy as an agriculturist. In addition to his interests as a landowner he is a director of the Masonville Creamery Company.
        Mr. Rose was united in marriage on the 30th of December, 1884, to Miss Anna L. Jenks, a daughter of Albert and Frances (Humphrey) Jenks, both natives of New York. In an early day in the history of Iowa they went to Buchanan county and both are still living in Winthrop, this state. To Mr. and Mrs. Rose were born five children, namely: Odessa, who married Clyde Mosher, of Quasqueton, Iowa; Nellie; Mary; Mildred, who died in infancy; and Marjorie.
        Mr. Rose is a republican in his political belief and for the last six years has served as trustee of Coffins Grove township, proving himself a capable official. He is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Masonville and the encampment at Manchester, and in his daily life practices the high ethical principles for which the lodge stands. His prosperity is fully deserved, and he holds to a large extent the affectionate regard of all who have come into contact with him.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 274-277. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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