Biography of Frank O. Bishop
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Frank O. Bishop is successfully engaged in business as the proprietor of a furniture and undertaking establishment at Marengo and also handles the Ford and Dodge automobiles. His birth occurred in Springville, Linn county, Iowa, on the 8th of May, 1870, his parents being Jacob and Eliza J. (Cook) Bishop, the former born in Hamilton county, Indiana, November 20, 1836, and the latter a native of Henry county, Iowa. Both are now deceased. Jacob Bishop, who was a mechanic by trade and came to the Hawkeye state in 1864, served as a member of the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry in the Civil war for nearly two years. To him and his wife were born the following children: Jonathan, who is a resident of Toledo, Iowa; Alva R., living in Cedar Rapids, this state; Lena, the deceased wife of James H. Chatten, by whom she had three children: Lena Maude, Harl and Jennie; Corwin S., who passed away leaving one child, Lulu, now the wife of Jesse Gregory; Hattie, who is deceased; Frank O., of this review; and Morris G., living at Cedar Rapids.

Frank O. Bishop acquired his education in his native town and subsequently worked at various trades. During the past ten years, however, he has engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, being for eight years located at Gowrie, Iowa. In 1912 he came to Marengo and purchased the stock of Theodore Fries, remodeling the store to meet his desires and needs. As a furniture dealer and undertaker he has been accorded an extensive and well merited patronage and he also handles the Ford and Dodge automobiles, selling a large number of machines annually.

On the 26th of June, 1892, Mr. Bishop was united in marriage to Miss Genta Evans, who was born on the 25th of May, 1871, her parents being John and Amanda (Drake) Evans. They had six children, as follows: Carl, who is a resident of Spokane, Washington; Mrs. Genta Bishop; Fred, living in Lisbon, Iowa; Daisy, who is the wife of Albert Axelson, of Gowrie, Iowa; Vertie, of Des Moines, this state; and Elva, who gave her hand in marriage to Joseph Fritsch, of Anamosa, Iowa. To Mr. and Mrs. Bishop have also been born six children, namely: Lena, who died at the age of four years; Lola, at home, Lois, a junior in the high school; and Don, Harl and Dorothy Jane, who are also attending school.

In politics Mr. Bishop is a republican, while his religious faith is that of the Methodist church. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a man of exemplary habits and strict integrity, and all who know him entertain for him the highest regard and esteem.

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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