A. F. PINE.
Iowa draws its wealth from the soil. The boundless prairies of this state offer excellent opportunities to the
agriculturist, and the farmer who resolutely tills his fields and carefully cultivates his crops may in the course
of time attain enviable success. Realizing these facts and exercising industry, economy and perseverance, Mr. Pine
has won a place among the substantial citizens of his community, being now the owner of a well improved tract of
land comprising two hundred and thirty seven acres on section 7, Columbus City township. His birth occurred in
Virginia on the i3th of November, 1861, his parents being Floyd and Virginia (Kelley) Pine, who spent their entire
lives in the Old Dominion. Unto them were born six children, five of whom yet survive.
A. F. Pine was left an orphan when a little lad of six and was therefore thrown upon his own resources at a very
early age. His education was acquired in the common schools. In 1879, when a youth of eighteen, he came to Louisa
county, Iowa, and began working as a farm hand, being thus employed for four years. In 1883 he purchased forty
acres of land in Union township, residing on that tract for ten years. On the.expiration of that period he disposed
of the property and bought another farm of one hundred and twelve acres in the same township. making his home thereon
for seven years. At the end of that time he sold the place and purchased another tract of one hundred and ninety
acres in Union township, operating the farm for seven years before he disposed of it. Subsequently he owned and
resided on a tract of two hundred and ten acres in Oakland township for one year and then purchased a farm of two
hundred and thirty seven acres on section 7, Columbus City township, which he has since brought under a high state
of cultivation. In connection with the tilling of the soil he also devotes considerable attention to the raising
of hogs and both branches of his business have been attended with success.
In 1886 Mr. Pine was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary E. Skipton, a native of Louisa county and a daughter of Joseph
and Mary (Devore) Skipton, who were born in Ohio and Virginia respectively and came to Iowa at an early day. Mr.
Skipton is survived by his widow, who still makes her home in Louisa county. Our subject and his wife have twelve
children, as follows: Ethel G., the wife of Alfred Schibilion, of this county; Ernest A., who is at home; Gertrude
M., the wife of Harry E. Spaethe, of Eldon, Iowa; Floyd J.; Walter L.; Herbert H.; Virginia J.; William T.; Dollie
Dimple; Helen E.; Ralph H.; and Halley R.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Pine has supported the men and measures of the republican
party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government. He has served as a school director
and is at present a street commissioner at Columbus City. Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen
of America at Columbus Junction. He is one of the active and progressive farmers of Columbus City township, a man
of good business capacity and enterprise and of unquestioned business integrity, enjoying in an unusual degree
the confidence and good will of the community.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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