For the past twenty five years Frank Mathes has been assessor of Sumner township, the length of his service proving
his efficiency. He is well known as a prosperous farmer and is a native son of Iowa county, as he was born in Marengo
township on the 9th of November, 1865, his parents being John and Emma (Mummy) Mathes. The father was born in Germany
but in his early manhood emigrated to the United States and located in Marengo township, Iowa county, Iowa, where
he worked for a number of years as a farm hand. Subsequently he purchased land in Marengo township, which he owned
until 1869, when he sold that place and bought the farm in Sumner township which is now in possession of our subject.
The father passed away there in November, 1898. He was a republican in politics and formerly a member of the German
Reformed church. His wife is a member of the Methodist Protestant church and makes her home with our subject, was
born in England and in 1850, when nine years of age, accompanied her parents, Charles and Mary (Dale) Mumby, on
their removal to the United States. The family home was established in Clinton county, Iowa, whence after several
years a removal was made to Honey Creek township, Iowa county.
Frank Mathes was reared at home and during his boyhood and youth considerable time was devoted to the acquirement
of an education in the district schools. After reaching man's estate he continued to assist his father with the
work of the farm until he was about twenty five years of age, when he assumed the management of the homestead and
has since operated that place, which he now owns. He receives a good financial return from his labor and has made
a number of improvements upon the farm from time to time.
In January, 1889, occurred the marriage of Mr. Mathes and Miss Agnes Scandridge, of Sumner township, a daughter
of the late James Scandridge. To this union were born six children: Irene E., the wife of Fred Kahler, of Honey
Creek township; and James A., Alma S., Ralph, Frank D. and Joseph, all at home. The wife and mother passed away
in October, 1902, and her demise was mourned not only by her immediate family but also by a large circle of friends.
Mr. Mathes is a stanch republican and is a loyal worker in the party ranks. For twenty five years he has been assessor
of Sumner township and for a number of years was a member of the school board, of which body he has been president
for four years. He takes a commendable interest in public affairs and circulated the petition which resulted in
establishing the first rural mail route in Iowa county. Fraternally he is identified with Marengo Lodge, No. 114,
A. F. & A. M., and Jerusalem Chapter, No. 72, R. A. M. In addition to his valuable farm he owns stock in the
Iowa Mutual Telephone Company and he has gained a competence as the result of long continued and efficient work.
His justice and fairness, combined with personal traits that win warm regard, have gained him the friendship of
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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