Biography of Hon. T. F. Halstead
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HON. T. F. HALSTEAD.
The position of Hon. T. Frank Halstead in public regard is indicated in the fact that his fellow townsmen have chosen him to represent them in the general assembly. He is well known in Buchanan county, where his entire life has been passed, and his record stands in contradistinction to the old adage that "a prophet is never without honor save in his own country."

He was born in 1862 and is a son of J. R. and Lovina (Everett) Halstead. The father was born in New York in 1832 and is now living in Oklahoma. In early life he followed agricultural pursuits in the Empire state and in 1850 traveled across the continent with an emigrant train to California. It was a long and wearisome journey, for as he proceeded westward settlements were less frequent until he got upon the broad plains, where one could travel hundreds of miles without coming to a habitation. He continued, however, over the hot stretches of sand and through the mountain passes until he reached the Pacific coast, spending five or six years in California, where he purchased land and engaged in the livestock business. In 1856 he retraced his steps as far as Illinois, but only remained in that state for a brief period and in the late '50s arrived in Iowa, settling in Cono township, Buchanan county. He afterward took up his abode in Liberty township and through the period of his early residence here shared in all of the hardships and privations which constitute the leading features of pioneer life. He converted the wild prairie land into a well improved farm, but at the time of his wife's death retired from active farm life and removed to Oklahoma, where he now has financial interests that claim his attention. Mrs. Halstead was a native of Ohio and during the period of her residence in Iowa won many warm friends, who deeply regretted her demise. Mr. Halstead was also a prominent and influential citizen of the county. He was an active democrat and was called to a number of local offices. His business life was devoted to general farming and stock raising, and he was the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of rich land. His religious faith was that of the Methodist church, and he frequently served as an official in the church. He has many good substantial qualities and was well liked in Buchanan county.

T Frank Halstead acquired his education in the country schools and, being an only son, assisted his father and lived at home until his marriage. He then began farming on his own account and has Parried on general agricultural pursuits until a recent date, when he practically retired, leaving his sons to do the active work of the fields. He is still the owner of two hundred and five acres of rich and productive land and derives therefrom a substantial annual income, which supplies him with all of the comforts and some of the luxuries of life. He is also a stockholder in the Quasqueton State Savings Bank.

Mr. Halstead was married to Miss Clara M. Plank, who was born in Allamakee county, Iowa, a sister of Dr. F. T. Plank, a practicing dentist of Independence. They now have three children: Lewis R., who is on the farm with his father; Nellie, the wife of Clinton A. Kress, a farmer of Liberty township, by whom she has one child, Vonda; and Everett R., at home.

Mr. Halstead holds membership with the Odd Fellows lodge at Quasqueton, in which he has been very active, filling all the offices in that organization and also acting as deputy grand master of Buchanan county. He is likewise identified with other fraternal organizations, to the teachings of which he is ever loyal. His political allegiance is given the democratic party and he is recognized as one of its most influential members in Liberty township and Buchanan county. He has filled various township offices and in 1912 was elected to represent his county in the thirty fifth general assembly of Iowa. His election came as proof of his popularity and the confidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen, for this is a republican county. He is equally active in support of measures which are not influenced by political considerations, and his aid is always on the side of progress and improvement and in behalf of those things which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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