Biography of J. B. Chrisman
Marion County, IA Biographies





J. B. Chrisman is a well known farmer and stockman of Marion county, operating the old home farm that belonged to his father. He also owns and cultivates one hundred and ninety seven acres adjoining, in the east part of Knoxville township and also across the border in Clay township. Thus he operates altogether about five hundred acres of land, which he devotes to general agricultural pursuits and to stock raising, making a specialty of Polled Angus cattle and Poland China hogs. He is a very energetic, enterprising young man, persistent, determined and capable, and in his business affairs displays splendid ability. He was born in Clay township, this county, on the 26th of January, 1880, and is a son of J. H. Chrisman, mention of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. He attended the public schools through the period of his youth and in vacations worked in the fields. The greater part of his life has been devoted to farming and success has attended his efforts. His methods have always been practical and he has ever kept abreast with the progress of the times, which is manifest as strongly in connection with agricultural interests as in other phases of business activity.

On the 6th of April, 1904, Mr. Chrisman was united in marriage to Miss Mamie Blanche Gee, who was born in Knoxville township, February 7, 1881, a daughter of the late Amos and Samantha (Scott) Gee. Her father came to the middle west from Tompkins, New York. When a young man he removed to Mason county, Illinois, and there he enlisted in response to the country's call for troops, joining Company M, Second Illinois Cavalry, with which he served on active duty until he became ill. He was afterward in a hospital for some time and was then honorably discharged. In the spring of i868 he came to Marion county, Iowa, taking up his abode in Knoxville township, where he carried on general farming to the time of his death. He passed away on the old homestead December 11, 1906, at the age of sixty seven years, and there were many friends who deeply regretted his demise because of the sterling traits of character which he displayed and which endeared him to those with whom he was associated. He was twice married. In Illinois he wedded Miss Mary I. Knight, who died in Nebraska, March is, 1866, leaving a daughter, Lucy, who has now passed away. On the 21st of March, 1869, Mr. Gee wedded Samantha Scott, who is now living on East Main street in Knoxville. They became the parents of nine children, of whom seven survive, as follows: Mrs. J. B. Chrisman; James N., who is a resident of Texas; Mrs. Dora V. Noftsger, living in Knoxville township, this county; Mrs. Bessie I. Amsberry, also a resident of Knoxville township; George W., who makes his home in Raton, New Mexico; Ralph, of Knoxville township, this county; and Benjamin H., who lives at home with his widowed mother. Mr. and Mrs. Chrisman have two children, James Francis and Robert Amos, who are eight and four years of age respectively.

Politically Mr. Chrisman is a stalwart republican, supporting the party which was the defense of the Union during the dark days of the Civil war and has always been the party of reform and ad.vancement. He and his wife are members of the Methodist church and their lives accord with its teachings. In all business affairs he is thoroughly trustworthy and at the same time is progressive and determined, so that he carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. He is today extensively engaged in farming and stock raising, about five hundred acres paying tribute to the care and cultivation which he bestows upon his fields. He also has a large herd of Polled Angus cattle and many hogs of the Poland China breed and he has done much to improve and raise the standard of stocks handled in this county. His success is the merited reward of his labors and the good name which he bears is the legitimate result of a well spent and honorable life.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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