Frank T. Ives, clerk of the county court of Louisa county, was born in Wapello, January 12, 1875, and has spent
his entire life in this county. A man of industry and sound judgment, he has applied himself to good advantage
and is today one of the most useful and popular citizens of the county. He is a son of Cicero J. and Rebecca L.
(Townsend) Ives, both of whom were born in this county. His grandfather, Cicero Madison Ives, died April 22, 1847,
and his wife survived only three years. The son, Cicero J. Ives, was early thrown upon his own resources and as
he possessed very limited advantages in the way of school training, his education was gained principally in the
great school of the world. However, he was an apt pupil and overcame many difficulties, gradually gaining a foothold
as one of the prominent citizen. of Louisa county. He was appointed deputy sheriff and in 1875 engaged in the drug
business, later branching out into the general merchandise field. He served as deputy county auditor for seven
years and in 1899 was elected auditor, which office he filled for six years. After retiring from this responsibility
he 'removed to Fort Dodge, Iowa. He is now sixty seven years of age. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cicero
J. Ives, six of whom survive, namely: Frank T.; Nellie E., who is the wife of Oliver Gunnels, of Fort Dodge; Mamie
E., who married William Van Horn, also of Fort Dodge; Rose A.; Cornelia M., who became the wife of James Phelan,
of Fort Dodge; and Walter M., who makes his home in Fort Dodge.
Mr. Ives, the subject of this review, attended the public schools and later was a student for one year in the Wapello
high school. At the age of thirteen he was obliged to lay aside his books in order to provide a maintenance for
himself and he began working at the carpenter's trade, at which he continued at various times for about five years.
He also learned steam engineering. In 1899, after the election of his father to the office of county auditor, he
was appointed deputy auditor and served for six years, also continuing under H. W. Baker for two years. In May,
1907, he was appointed cleric of the county court and has since very acceptably filled that position.
On August 3, 1903, Mr. Ives was united in marriage to Miss Clyde C. Shipman, a daughter of O. E. and Samantha Shipman.
Two children were the fruits of this union: Louis E., who was born September 1, 1906 and Frances, who was born
June 26, 1909, and died in infancy.
Mr. Ives has proven a capable and faithful official and enjoys the unqualified regard of his friends and associates
and the confidence of the people. In politics he adheres to the republican party and fraternally he is a valued
member of the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. In religious belief he affiliates with the
Methodist church. Having as a boy learned the great lesson of self reliance and the importance of conscientious
application in the accomplishment of any worthy object he has performed to the best of his ability whatever his
hands have found to do and it requires no prophet to foretell that his future will be one of steady progress and
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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