George B. Faas, a well known fanner ands stock raiser of Hilton township, was born in Pilot township, this county,
on the 26th of July, i866, a son of Gottlieb and Carolina (Miller) Faas, both natives of Germany, who accompanied
their respective parents to this country when children. They first located in Wisconsin but in 1865 removed to
Pilot township, this county, where the mother died in 1892. The father survived until 1903 and passed away in Woodbury
county, Iowa. Twelve of the fourteen children born to their union survive.
George B. Faas attended the common schools in the acquirement of his education and remained under the parental
roof until he became of age. He then worked as a farm hand for a year and a half, after which he purchased one
hundred and twenty acres of land in Pilot township and for three years operated that place. Upon selling it he
bought one hundred and twenty acres of the old homestead and lived there for two years, after which he sold it
and purchased one hundred and twenty acres in Woodbury county. After five years he sold that property and bought
one hundred and eighty acres in Honey Creek township, this county, where he resided for two years. At the expiration
of that time he sold that farm and purchased the place where he now lives, which comprises one hundred and sixty
acres on section 37, Hilton township. He has since added an eighty acre tract and all of his land is in a high
state of cultivation. He has erected fine buildings and his property is attractive and valuable. He specializes
to a large extent in raising and feeding stock and as he understands this thoroughly he secures a good price for
his animals on the market.
In 1893 Mr. Faas married Miss Elizabeth Voss, who was born in Johnson county, Iowa. Her parents, Charles and Katherine
(Whitman) Voss, were both natives of Germany and emigrated to America many years ago. They located in Johnson county,
Iowa, but after living there a number of years came to Iowa county and settled upon a farm in Pilot township, where
both passed away. They were the parents of eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Faas have had ten children: Hilda K., deceased;
Clarence G., at home; Alfred C. and Irwin J., both of whom have passed away ; Martha E.; Roy G.; Floyd C.; Mabel
R.; Carl B.; and Evart C.
Mr. Faas is a republican and has served acceptably as township trustee and school director, proving an able and
conscientious official. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Presbyterian church, in the work of which they
are much interested. He has gained material success through his activity as a farmer and stock raiser and has also
contributed to the development of the county along those lines, as he is always ready to utilize any new knowledge
concerning agriculture or the raising of stock which investigators and experimenters have brought to light.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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