Mark Faltonson, who is farming on section 22, Hilton township, is a native of the neighboring state of Illinois,
born in La Salle county on the 29th of September, 186o, of the union of Jones and Julia (Markenson) Faltonson,
both natives of Norway. In 1854 they emigrated to America and located in La Salle county, Illinois, whence in 1862
they removed to this county, locating upon a farm in what is now known as Hilton township. Both have passed away,
as have two of their eight children.
Mark Faltonson is indebted to the public schools for his education and to his father for his instruction in agricultural
pursuits. He remained at home until he was of age and then rented a farm for a year, after which his marriage occurred.
He then bought land in the western part of Hilton township, which he operated for six years, after which he sold
it and removed to Nebraska. His residence in that state covered three years and at the end of that time he returned
to this county and settled upon the farm on section 22, Hilton township, which is still his home. He has erected
fine buildings thereon and made other improvements, taking great pride in developing and beautifying his place.
Mrs. Faltonson was in her maidenhood Miss Ellen Engelbert and is a daughter of Christopher and Helen Engelbert.
Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Faltonson, as follows: Julius C., now a resident of Benton county,
Iowa; Gertrude A., the wife of Russell Spurrier, of this county; Helen M., who gave her hand in marriage to James
Mulhern, of Linn county; Marcus W., at home; and Ray and Roy, twins, also at home.
Mr. Faltonson is a loyal worker in the ranks of the republican party, for six years was township trustee and for
the last fifteen years has been school director. Fraternally he is identified with Lodge No. 365, I. O. O. F.,
and his religious nature finds expression in his membership in the Presbyterian church, to which his wife also
belongs. He has made a place for himself in the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens and values their goodwill
even more highly than the material prosperity which has rewarded his labor as an agriculturist.
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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