Biography of Frank W. Stover
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Frank W. Stover, who owns and operates one hundred acres of land in English township and two hundred acres in Fillmore township, was born in this county on the 28th of February, 1861, a son of Hiram and Sarah (Harsha) Stover. Both parents were born in Ohio, but in 1849 they came to this county and located upon a farm in Greene township which the father entered from the government. He built a log cabin which was covered with a clapboard roof and which had a puncheon floor and door and there the family resided for several years. They continued to live on that farm until 1889, when a removal was made to the northern part of the state and there both the father and mother passed away, the former in 1904 and the latter in 1899. Nine of their eleven children survive.

Frank W Stover remained at home until he was twenty four years of age, when he was married and began his independent business career, renting the farm which he now owns. He was ambitious to purchase the place and accordingly put aside as much of his income each year as was possible and at length his ambition was realized and he bought the farm which he still operates and which comprises one hundred acres on section 36, English township, and two hundred acres on section 18, Fillmore township. He has erected a number of fine buildings and otherwise improved his property. which is one of the well developed farms of Iowa county. He makes a specialty of raising Hereford cattle and Chester White hogs and as his stock are of good grades and are in prime condition when sold he derives good profits from his business. He also raises the usual cereals to some extent and his crops are abundant.

In 1885 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Stover and Miss Capitola Hill. who was born in this county of the marriage of William and Margaret (Thompson) Hill, the former born in Iowa and the latter in Ohio. As a girl the mother removed to Cedar county, Iowa, and there her marriage occurred. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Hill removed to Iowa county, where they were residing when called by death, the father in 1909 and the mother in 1912. Two of their three children survive. Mrs. Stover received a high school education and takes a keen interest in the events of the world at large. By her marriage she has become the mother of four children: Bertha E., a graduate of the local high school, who is the wife of Walter Edwards, of Wyoming, Iowa; Ora I., now Mrs. John Wallace, who previous to her marriage taught school; Ralph F., who is married and is farming; and Milo H., a high school student. There are four grandchildren, Frank Edwards, Treva and Donald Wallace, and Glenn F. Stover.

Mr. Stover is a republican but is without aspirations for political preferment. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and all who know them value highly their good opinion. Mr. Stover holds membership in the Modern Woodmen of America and has many friends in that order.

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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