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Delaware County, Iowa


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Fred Rossow

Farming & Landowner

Coffins Grove Twp.


     Fred Rossow is the owner of an excellent farm embracing one hundred and twenty acres on section 14, Coffins Grove township, and in the conduct of his agricultural interests has won a gratifying measure of prosperity. His birth occurred in Ohio on the 23d of September, 1871, his parents being August and Maria (Buelow) Rossow of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of William H. Rossow, a brother of our subject.
     Fred Rossow, who came to this county with his parents when ten years of age, attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained at home until he had attained his majority. Subsequently he cultivated a rented farm for four years and on the expiration of that period purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 14, Coffins Grove township, the operation of which has claimed his attention continuously to the present time. He has erected substantial and commodious buildings on the place and has improved the same until it is now a model and modern farming property. His undertakings as an agriculturist have been attended with a well merited measure of success, and he may truly be called a self-made man, owing his present prosperity entirely to his own industry and enterprise.
     On the 7th of June, 1896, Mr. Rossow was united in marriage to Miss Olive Stone, a native of Clayton county, Iowa, and a daughter of Otis and Anna (Allaway) Stone, both of whom are natives of Pennsylvania and came to Iowa with their respective parents. They survive and make their home in this county. To them were born five children, as follows: Ida, who is the wife of Alfred Brink and resides in South Dakota; Eva, who gave her hand in marriage to Joseph Baluff of Clayton county, Iowa; Mrs. Olive Rossow; Ethel, the wife of Bert Bowers of Delaware county, Iowa; and Alice, who is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Rossow have four children, namely: Elsie May, born May 2, 1897, who is a high-school student; Gladys Hazel, whose birth occurred July 14, 1899, and who is also attending high school; Ruth Alice, whose natal day was March 6, 1901; and Howard A., born September 3, 1904. The parents fully realize the advantages of education and are giving their children all opportunities along this line.
     Mr. Rossow give his political allegiance to the republican party and has held the office of school director. He belongs to the Grange and is also a devoted and consistent member of the Lutheran church, with which his wife is likewise identified. The period of his residence in Delaware county covers a third of a century. A man of excellent qualities of character, of strong and resolute purpose, industrious and enterprising, he is well known throughout the community for his uprightness and honesty, and he merits and enjoys the respect and confidence of his neighbors and friends.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 149-150.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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