Biography of George Liblin
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GEORGE LIBLIN.
That the life history of George Liblin is a record of success is due to the persistent effort and intelligently directed industry which he has displayed through the many years of his connection with agricultural interests of Jefferson county. He is one of France's contributions to the citizenship of Iowa, his birth there occurring on the 13th of October 1841. His parents, James and Julian Liblin, were also natives of France and came to the new world in 1846, arriving in St. Louis, Missouri, in the spring of that year. There they resided for about ten years, after which they came to Cedar township, Jefferson county, where the father entered forty acres of government land. He at once directed his energies toward agricultural pursuits and as he could, he added other small tracts to his original purchase until eventually he became the owner of one hundred and five acres, all of which he brought under development. Both he and his wife passed away on this farm, the former when he had reached the age of sixty seven years, eleven months and thirteen days, and the latter at the age of eighty six years. In their family were five children, as follows: James, a resident of Salinas, Iowa; George, of this review; Alexander, of Arizona; Christina Isel, a widow, of Cedar township; and Martin, now deceased.

George Liblin was but five years of age when his parents made the long journey across the Atlantic, and thus the greater part of his life has been passed within the borders of Jefferson county, Iowa. As a boy he assisted his father in the cultivation of the home farm and as his strength increased he also performed other tasks such as coal digging, wood chopping and grubbing. Upon entering the business world he took up agricultural pursuits on his own account and since that time the years have marked his gradual advance toward the goal of prosperity until today he is ranked among the substantial and representative farmers of his section of the county. At one time he owned five hundred acres of land of which he later sold portions to his sons, reserving for his use today a tract of one hundred and eighty acres located on section 32, Buchanan township. This farm is pleasantly situated about a mile and a half southeast of Fairfield on the middle road, and is thus within close reach of the conveniences and pleasures afforded by city life. Mr. Liblin carries on general agricultural pursuits, in the management of which he has manifested good business ability and industry that never flags. His methods have ever been honorable and his dealings fair and the prosperity which he now enjoys has come as the well merited reward of a well spent life.

It was on the 31st of April 1862, that Mr. Liblin was united in marriage to Miss Mary Long, who was born in Tennessee on the 18th of April, 1843, a daughter of Jesse and Nancy Long. Her parents came to Jefferson county, Iowa, at an early day, and here the father gave a large portion of his time to farming pursuits. He taught school for a time, however, and also acted as local Methodist preacher. In politics he was a democrat and at the time of his death was serving as sheriff of Jefferson county. He passed away in 1855. In his family were eleven children two sons and nine daughters, of whom only four daughters are now living. The two sons, Cleve and William, served in the Civil war and passed away shortly after returning home from the front. To Mr. and Mrs. Liblin were born seven children, as follows: George W., who is mentioned below: Malissa, at home; Ed, residing in Center township; William, who was killed at the age of twenty one years, having been accidentally shot while hunting; Frank, who owns one hundred acres of the old homestead and is engaged in farming in connection with his father; Vester, at home; and Della, who married William Fickel, of Center township. Mr. Liblin has lived a quiet life, in which political activity has had no part, but he has nevertheless been deeply interested in all that pertains to the development of the district in which he resides. Although he has now reached the Psalmist's allotted span of three score years and ten he is still active in the world's work and displays a public spirited devotion to the country of his adoption.

From:
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement Vol II
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1914


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