William Franklin Andrews, of Knoxville township, has contributed to the development of the live stock industry
in this county as a breeder of Duroc Jersey hogs. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of fine land six miles southwest
of Knoxville and his property is one of the well improved places of his township. He was born near Newbern, this
county, on the 23d of December, 1861, a son of the late Hiram Andrews, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this
work. Mr. Andrews of this review has one sister, Eva, the wife of James Pugh, of Omaha, Nebraska.
In the schools of Spring Hill William Franklin Andrews acquired his scholastic education and supplemented this
with practical training in agriculture, as he assisted his father with the work of the home farm. He remained under
the parental roof until 1884, when he was married and began farming upon his own account. Success has rewarded
his efforts and since 1901 he has resided upon his present quarter section of land, which is situated on section
34 Knoxville township, and is finely improved. In 1910 he built a residence which has all of the modern conveniences
and is one of the best farm houses of the county. He devotes his entire attention to his agricultural pursuits
and makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred Duroc Jersey hogs, his stock bringing high prices on the market.
Mr. Andrews was married in 1884 to Miss Amanda Fortner, a daughter of the late Samuel Fortner, a pioneer resident
of this county. She was born on the 30th of November, 1859, in Indiana, but was brought here in early childhood.
In this county she grew to womanhood and here her marriage occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews have one daughter living,
Amy, the wife of Albert Dykstra, who is a resident of Osage, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is engaged in wheat raising
upon an extensive scale, his annual yield being many thousand bushels. In connection with his brother he owns three
hundred acres, but they operate altogether more than two sections of land. Mr. and Mrs. Dykstra have a son, Frank
A., who was born on the 31st of December, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews lost two daughters, who died in infancy. He
is a republican and his fraternal connections are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen
of America, while his wife and daughter are both affiliated with the Rebekahs. Mr. Andrews and his wife are members
of the Concord Methodist Episcopal church and all who know them bear testimony to the sincerity of their religious
belief, as their lives are guided by the principles of Christianity.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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