William J. Franck is the owner of a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on sections 4 and 5, Newton
township, and derives a gratifying annual income in its operation. His birth occurred at Independence, this county,
on the 30th of September, 1878, his parents being Fritz and Fredericka (Geiser) Franck, of whom more extended mention
is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of Fred Franck, brother of our subject.
William J. Franck acquired his education in his native town and in the district schools of Homer and Middlefield
townships. He remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority and then worked as a farm hand
for one year, while subsequently he cultivated a rented tract of land in partnership with his brother for three
years. On the expiration of that period he returned home and worked for his father for one year. He then again
rented a tract of land which he cultivated for about seven years and at the end of that time purchased a farm of
one hundred and sixty acres on sections 4 and 5, Newton township, his residence being on the former section. This
he has improved and has operated to the present time, carrying on his agricultural interests in a manner that has
insured his continued and growing success. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also
raises thoroughbred Duroc Jersey hogs and high grade cattle, breeding principally Herefords.
In October, 1906, Mr. Franck was united in marrage to Miss Matilda Fest, a daughter of John and Janet Alice (Ironside)
Fest, whose record appears elsewhere in this work. John Fest took up his abode among the pioneer settlers of this
county and is still actively engaged in farming, in Newton township. Mr. and Mrs. Franck have three children, as
follows: William Raymond ands Hazel M., who are seven and five years of age respectively; and Arthur L., three
Mr. Franck is a democrat in politics ands has fraternal relations with the Modern Brotherhood of America, while
his religious faith is that of the Congregational church. He has lived in Buchanan county from his birth to the
present time and has won an extensive circle of warm friends here.
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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