John O. McKibben devotes his attention to the pursuits of general farming and stock raising and is the owner
of a valuable tract of land embracing two hundred and fifty acres in Garden Grove township. His birth occurred
in this county on the 25th of May, 1872, his parents being John and Harriet (Hurd) McKibben, both of whom were
natives of Franklin county, Ohio. They came to Decatur county, Iowa, in 1857 and in the spring of 1865 purchased
the farm which is now in possession of our subject. John McKibben, Sr., operated the property until 1900, when
he put aside the active work of the fields and removed to town, spending the remainder of his life in honorable
retirement. He passed away on the 26th of November, 1913, and his demise was the occasion of deep and widespread
regret, for he had won many friends during the fifty six years of his residence here. For many years he was a member
of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belonged, the latter passing away
in that faith in 1896. To them were born six children, as follows: Frank T; Mary E., who is the wife of George
King; Mattie L., deceased; Sarah B., who gave her hand in marriage to A. P. Kirby; Elizabeth H., the wife of W.
R. Richards; and John O., of this review. On the 24th of August, 1900, the father married again, his second wife
being Martha L. McKibben, who died in 1914.
John O. McKibben attended public school at Garden Grove, subsequently pursued a normal course and later entered
Elliott's Business College of Burlington, Iowa. He then returned home and has since been successfully engaged in
farming on the place where he was born and reared. In connection with the cultivation of the cereals best adapted
to soil and climate he also devotes considerable attention to stock raising, making a specialty of shorthorn cattle.
His property comprises two hundred and fifty acres of rich and productive land in Garden Grove township and is
excellently improved with a handsome residence and ample barns and outbuildings. There is also an orchard producing
a variety of fruit.
On the 12th of September, 1900, Mr. McKibben was united in marriage to Miss Nellie A. Thomas, a daughter of H.
B. Thomas, of Decatur county. To them have been born five children, namely: Ruberta L., Julia H., Martha L., Norman
N. and Esther.
Mr. McKibben is a member of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs
and in the work of which they take an active and helpful interest. He enjoys an extensive and favorable acquaintance
in the county in which his entire life has been spent and is widely recognized as one of its representative agriculturists
and esteemed citizens.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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