Frank Wheeler owns and cultivates a well improved farm of
one hundred and twenty acres on section 6, Coffins Grove
township, and while he is engaged in general farming, he also
gives special attention to dairying and the raising of hogs. He
is a native of New York, born February 18, 1859, a son of Angus
and Stiza Wheeler, who were likewise natives of the Empire state.
The mother died in her native state, while the father, surviving
her, passed away in Canada. Their family numbered ten children,
but only seven survive.
Frank Wheeler had not the advantages of a school
education, but through reading and association he has acquired a
fair knowledge, so that he can conduct his business in an able
manner. He began to make his own way in the world at the early
age of fifteen years, working for some time as a farm laborer. In
1882 he was married, having in the meantime made his way to
Delaware county, and subsequent to his marriage he settled on a
farm, which he rented for twenty one years. He then purchased his
present home place, comprising one hundred and twenty acres on
section 6, Coffins Grove township. He carries on his work
according to modern methods and gives special attention to
dairying and the raising of hogs, in which he is meeting with
As above stated, Mr. Wheeler was married in
1882, the lady of his choice being Miss Ada Dighton, who was born
in Delaware county, a daughter of B. F. and E. L. (Jackson)
Dighton. Her father was a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, while her
mother claimed the state of Ohio as the place of her birth. Mrs.
Wheeler's grandfather journeyed from Pennsylvania to Dubuque,
Iowa, in a covered wagon and shortly afterward continued the
journey to Delaware county, Iowa, where he entered government
land. He built the first gristmill in this county and erected the
first dwelling house in Hopkinton. In 1847 Mrs. Wheeler's father
purchased his father's old homestead at one dollar and sixty
cents per acre and on this farm he and his wife made their home
until death. He passed away in 1907. His wife died on the 24th of
December of the same year and thus passed from this life two of
the county's prominent pioneers. They had a family of seven
children, of whom only the following are living: Byron, a
resident of Whitten, Iowa; Elzina, the wife of Steven De Shaw, of
Delaware county; and Ada, now Mrs. Wheeler. To Mr. and Mrs.
Wheeler have been born five children: Adra, deceased; B. P., a
resident of Hazel Green, Iowa; Grace, the wife of George Lane, of
Masonville; Lawrence and Velma, at home.
Mr. Wheeler is a republican in his
political affiliation, and he and his wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal church. His success has been by no means the
result of fortunate circumstances. It has come to him through
energy, labor and perseverance, directed by an evenly balanced
mind and by honorable business principle.