Biography of Fred Birch
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Fred Birch, devoting his energies to general farming near Marengo, was born in Iowa county, May it, 1865, a son of Thomas and Louisa (Wilson) Birch, the latter a daughter of Carmichael Wilson. The parents were both natives of Ohio and in the year 1864 became residents of Iowa county, where the birth of their son occurred the following year. They soon afterward settled in Washington township, but subsequently removed to Benton county and in 1898 the family returned to Iowa county. The father had died in the meantime, passing away in 1887. The mother survives and is now living in Marengo at the age of seventy two years. Their family numbered twelve children, five sons and seven daughters.

Fred Birch spent his boyhood days under the parental roof and was early trained to habits of industry. He is indebted to the public school system of the state for the educational privileges which he enjoyed and to the careful training of his father in farm work for the knowledge which enabled him to start out in business on his own account and make of it a success. He has worked diligently and persistently and he has today an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated in Marengo township. The soil is naturally rich and productive and he has brought his fields to a high state of cultivation, utilizing practical and progressive methods in the further development and improvement of his farm.

On the 7th of October, 1891, Mr. Birch was united in marriage to Miss Caroline F. Gieskieng, a daughter of Henry F. Gieskieng, of Benton county. Her father was born in Germany and at an early day was left an orphan. Coming to the new world, he was bound out to George Lincoln, a brother of Abraham Lincoln, with whom he worked for four years or more. At the time of the Civil war he entered the service as a bugler. He is a gardener and has devoted much of his life to that work. He still survives at the age of seventy two years, but his wife, who bore the maiden name of Nancy A. Miller, passed away December 22, 1910. She was a native of Ohio, while her father came from Germany. To Mr. and Mrs. Birch have been born four children: E. Raymond, born May 21, 1894; Lizzie Ellen, November 14, 1895; Henry Arthur, May 5, 1899; and Ralph Frederick, September 3o, 1906.

The family attend the Presbyterian church and guide their lives by its teachings. They are well known in the community and the friendship of many with whom they have been brought in contact is freely accorded them. Mr. Birch has never sought to figure prominently in any public connection, preferring always to concentrate his energies upon his farm work and his determination and enterprise have been the salient features in winning his success.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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