W. O. Faulkner, who owns one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land in Sumner township, was born in this
county on the 27th of April, 1866, a son of Thomas and Maria (Gibney) Faulkner. His parents, who were both natives
of Ireland, emigrated to America many years ago and located upon a farm in Iowa county, Iowa, where both passed
away. Two of their children survive, the sister of our subject being Katherine, the wife of F. Larkins, a resident
of Pottawattamie county, Iowa.
W. O. Faulkner began providing for his support when fifteen years of age and for a number of years worked as a
farm hand. After operating rented land for several years he was enabled in 1906 to purchase the quarter section
on section 13, Sumner township, Which he still owns. He raises the crops best suited to the soil and climate of
Iowa and also raises and feeds a large number of stock annually, deriving therefrom a handsome addition to his
On the 5th of February, 1891, Mr. Faulkner married Miss Nellie McDonald, who was born in Jackson county, Iowa.
Her parents, John and Honora (Ryan) McDonald, were born in Ireland and came to America many years ago, first settling
in Illinois, whence they removed successively to Jackson county, Iowa, and Iowa county. Both passed away in this
county. They were the parents of fourteen children, eleven of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner have
three children: Nora M., who was born in December, 1894, and is now the wife of Joe Kegan, of this county; Helen
R., who was born July 12, 1898, and is in high school; and Margaret, who was born May 7, 1908.
Mr. Faulkner is a democrat and has served his district acceptably as school director. Fraternally he is identified
with the Modern Woodmen of America and he and his wife are both communicants of the Roman Catholic church. He is
meeting with gratifying success as an agriculturist and his worth as a man has gained him many loyal friends.
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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