FRED W. DUVAL.
A young man not yet thirty years of age, Fred W. Duval has already established himself as one of the substantial
agriculturists of Allamakee county, cultivating a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, near Postville, which is
highly improved and by its appearance gives evidence of the successful efforts of its owner. Born in Ludlow township,
Allamakee county, on October 16, 1884, Fred W. Duval is a son of Henry and Anna (Menke) Duval, the father a native
of Germany, where he was born in the city of Bremen, and the mother of Wisconsin. In early life the father learned
and followed the carpenter's trade and upon coming to this country as a young man located in Allamakee county,
east of Waukon, where in the employ of others he followed his occupation. He was so engaged until his marriage,
when he purchased a farm in Ludlow township, in the cultivation of which he successfully continued until his death,
which occurred in 1896. The mother still resides on the home farm in Ludlow township. In their family were eight
children, of whom Mr. Duval is the third in order of birth.
In the acquirement of his education Fred W. Duval attended district school in Ludlow township and subsequently
made his home with his mother until about twenty one years of age, when he began his independent career, hiring
out as a farm hand and so continuing for three years. Thrift and industry brought him the means with which he was
enabled to buy the farm upon which he now lives and which comprises one hundred and twenty acres of fertile land.
All of his acres are under high cultivation and devoted to general farming, although he specializes in stock raising
to some extent. His thorough work, and energy and industry, have brought him rich harvests and, although yet young
in years, he is on the high road to prosperity.
On January 17, 1907, Mr. Duval was united in marriage to Miss Lena Klepper, a native of Ludlow township, this county,
who was born December 9, 1886. Her parents are Fred and Johanna (Bollhafer) Klepper, both natives of Germany. The
father was reared to and always followed agricultural pursuits and upon coming to this country in the early '8os
acquired land in Post township, which he later sold to our subject, buying subsequently a farm near Frankville
in Winneshiek county, where he now lives, still actively engaged in the cultivation of his farm. Mr. and Mrs. Klepper
have six children, of whom Mrs. Duval is the oldest. Mr. and Mrs. Duval are the parents of two children: Clarence,
born March 21, 1908; and Viola, born August 19, 1910. Mr. Duval is a member of the German Reformed church at Ludlow.
Enterprising and progressive, he has in a few years builded a success which might well be envied him, for there
are many who in a lifetime do not accomplish as much as he has done. He has become a valuable factor in his locality
and, while he is careful of his own interests, he ever finds time to promote worthy public enterprises and gladly
bears his share of time and money in promoting the welfare and advancements of his district.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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