A native of Columbus City where he has spent his entire life, Fred Alburn was born March 9, 1875. He is a son of
Henry N. and Elizabeth D. (Waugh) Album, the former of whom was born at York, Pennsylvania, and the latter in Ohio.
The father came to Iowa with his family in 1854 and took up his residence at Columbus City. He was a stonemason
and engaged at his trade for many years but was attracted to farming in this county, which he followed only a short
time, as it did not prove a financial success. He accordingly sold his farm and bought a large lot in Columbus
City where he built a comfortable two story house for himself and family. He died November 12, 1906. Mr. and Mrs.
Album were the parents of four children: Edward and Charles, both of whom are deceased; Monta, at home; and Fred,
of this review.
After receiving his preliminary education in the public schools Fred Album began learning the mason's trade under
his father. He applied himself with such diligence that he became a first class stonemason and performed his work
so well that his services are in constant demand, there being more calls for his time and labor than he is able
to respond to. He has assisted in the construction of many of the most substantial buildings in Columbus City and
vicinity and his advice is often sought by persons contemplating the erection of residences or business houses.
He has gradually turned his attention to concrete work, in which he is an acknowledged expert.
Politically Mr. Album is a stanch supporter of the republican party. He has never sought the honors of public office
as his interest is centered on his work and he has gained deserved prominence as a first class mason. Although
unmarried he is not without family responsibility as he is the head of a household of which his mother and sister
are members. The former has now reached the age of seventy three years. Mrs. Album holds membership in the Congregational
church, but her son is an attendant of the United Brethren church. By a life of well applied industry he has won
the confidence and friendship of many of the best citizens of his native town and has also gained a position of
comparative financial independence.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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