Transcribed by Pamela Wagler from: Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa: Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and Also of the Past, Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905.


The man who makes conditions spell success for him in the toilsome career of agriculture well deserves recognition in any work devoted to the worthy and honorable characters of a community in which he has passed laborious years. The man who digs a competence from the earth, and compels the sun and the rain to do his bidding, commits no wrong, but confers a favor on the world. If he who makes two blades of grass grow where one grew before is a public benefactor, the farmers – the men who raise the grain, and cultivate the vegetables, and breed the cattle – are the great benefactors of humanity. For without them the men who guide the flying spindles and watch the whirring wheels of modern industry could not exist a moment. They sustain the social structure, and trade and commerce but dabble in the things that they produce. The subject of this article is a follower of the noble profession of agriculture.

Fred Lewis Timmerman was born at Latty, Iowa, Aug. 25, 1875, and was the son of Frederick and Anna (Table) Timmerman. His father was born in Germany, and now resides at Latty, Iowa, at the age of seventy years. The mother was also a native of Germany and is still living. Lewis Timmerman received his education in the district schools of Latty, and was brought up as a farmer, which vocation he has always followed. He now lives on J. R. Denney’s place, which he has made his home for about nine years. He carries on a general farming business, and raises some stock. He was married Jan. 22, 1897, at Galesburg, Ill., to Lizzie Carnes, daughter of James and Betty (Marshall) Carnes. Her father was born in Scotland and died in the northern part of Ireland about sixteen years ago. Her mother was born in Manchester, England, and now resides with one of her daughters in the northern part of Ireland.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Timmerman has been brightened by the addition of children, Fred, William, Clifford, and Anna Florence still living, while two died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Timmerman are members of the United Presbyterian church. Their genial social dispositions have won for them a large circle of friends, who hope to see them forge ahead, and receive the material reward for their industry which their persevering characters so richly deserve.

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