Fred Franck, numbered among the enterprising, prosperous and representative agriculturists of Buchanan county,
owns and resides upon a valuable and well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 8, Newton township,
and also has a forty acre tract in Cono township. His birth occurred in Independence, Buchanan county, Iowa, in
November, 1873, his parents being Fritz and Fredericka (Geiser) Franck, both of whom were natives of Germany. The
father, a stonemason by trade, emigrated to the United States in the '50s and located at Buffalo, New York, where
he worked at that occupation for several years. Subsequently he came to Independence, Iowa, and here worked as
a stonemason for thirty years. On the expiration of that period he purchased a tract of land in Homer township,
where he carried on agricultural pursuits for five years and then removed to Middlefield township, buying another
farm which he operated throughout the remainder of his life. In his demise, which occurred in September, 1906,
the community lost one of its most substantial and respected citizens. His widow resides on the home place and
is well known and highly esteemed here.
Fred Franck was reared and educated in the town of his nativity and remained under the parental roof until twenty
four years of age. He then started out as an agriculturist on his own account, operating a rented farm for eight
years. On the expiration of that period he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 8, Newton township,
and subsequently bought a tract of forty acres in Cono township. He made a number of substantial improvements on
the place and now has a valuable and highly developed property which yields him a gratifying animal income. In
connection with the cultivation of cereals he makes a specialty of the raising of Poland China hogs.
In February, 1904, Mr. Franck was united in marriage to Miss Louise Walter, a daughter of Christian and Caroline
(Wahl) Walter, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father emigrated to the United States in 1849, locating
at Wheaton, Illinois, where he remained for four years. In 1853 he came to Newton township, Buchanan county, Iowa,
and here purchased and improved a tract of land which he cultivated until the time of the outbreak of the Civil
war. He loyally served as a member of the Union army for three years and then returned to his farm in this county,
here carrying on agricultural pursuits successfully throughout the remainder of his active business career. He
subsequently lived retired at Walker for some time and spent his last days in the home of his son at Quasqueton,
where his demise occurred in November, 1910. His wife was called to her final rest in January, 1904. Mr. and Mrs.
Franck have two children, Ella C. and Fred C., who are eight and six years of age respectively.
Mr. Franck gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is now serving as a trustee of Newton township,
having held that office for two years, while at one time he discharged the duties of constable. In Buchanan county
he has lived from his birth to the present time: He is a man loyal in citizenship, reliable in business, at all
times public spirited and progressive and his life measures up to the full standard of honorable manhood, his record
being a credit to a name that has been known and honored in this part of Iowa since pioneer times.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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