Frank Cloe, a well known general farmer and stock raiser residing on section 15, Knoxville township, is a native
son of that township, born May 1, 1860, and a son of James H. and Theresa (Conrey) Cloe. The father was born on
the 2d of February, 1827, in Clark county, Kentucky, and when a small boy was taken by his parents to Vermilion
county, Illinois, where he lived until 1849. In that year he came to Iowa and entered land in this county soon
after his arrival here. He had previously visited this state in 1849. He located upon his property in 1852 and
lived there until the spring of 1887. He was the owner of what is known as the Spring Hill Stock Farm, which he
operated successfully from the spring of 1865 until 1885. He was the first breeder of shorthorn cattle here and
shipped the first carload of fat cattle from Marion county to the eastern markets. In 1887 he removed to Rawlins
county, Kansas, where he engaged in the feed, flour and live stock business at Blakeman, and he passed away in
the Sunflower state on the 17th of March, 1904, when past seventy seven years of age. While living in Illinois
he made several trips on flat boats to New Orleans and back, going down the Ohio to its junction with the Mississippi
and thence to the Crescent city. He was also for a time foreman of a department in a packing house at Vincennes,
Indiana. His life work, however, was that of a stock raiser and shipper and he was well known in that connection.
He was a republican in political belief and in 1880 was elected county treasurer, serving his term with credit
to himself. For ten years he was president of the Marion County Agricultural Society and during that time the organization
did much to further the interests of the farmers of the county. In 1851 he became a Mason and attained the chapter
degrees. He was a member of the Christian church and guided his life by its teachings.
James H. Cloe was married three times, his first union being with Miss Elizabeth Keenan, who became his wife in
1852 and she passed away four years later, leaving a daughter, Charlotte, who is now the wife of James Rice, a
resident of Nebraska. Later Mr Cloe wedded Miss Theresa Conrey, who was born in Ohio or Illinois and was a daughter
of John tonrey, one of the pioneers of Marion county, Iowa. He was prominent in public affairs and was a delegate
to the constitutional convention from this county. Mrs. Theresa Cloe died in February, 1874, in the faith of the
Christian church. She left seven children, of whom the subject of this review is the eldest. The others are: Mrs.
Amanda Masteller, a resident of Centerville, Iowa; Edward, of Alliance, Nebraska; James, living in Blakeman, Kansas;
John, who is a resident of Fremont county, Iowa; Sylvia, deceased; and Bertha, now Mrs. D. O. Bye, of Alliance,
Nebraska. Mr. Cloe's third union was with Miss Elizabeth McKern, who died leaving two children: Ansel, of Alliance,
Nebraska; and Alma, now Mrs. Frank Craig, of Knoxville township, this county.
Frank Cloe passed the days of his boyhood and youth in this township and was a student in Professor McKee's Academy
at Knoxville, thus acquiring a good education. He followed in the steps of his father, becoming a stockman, and
shipped cattle extensively from this county and western Iowa for ten years, or until 1889. At that time he was
elected sheriff of Marion county on the republican ticket and devoted his entire attention to the duties of that
office. Since his term expired he has engaged in general farming and in the stock business. He owns two hundred
and forty acres of excellent land on section 15, Knoxville township, where he has resided for the past fourteen
years and has made a number of improvements thereon. He has excellent business judgment and manages well his affairs
and, as he understands the principles underlying agriculture and is an excellent judge of stock, his activities
yield him a good return annually.
Mr. Cloe was married in March, 1884, to Miss Clara B. Wilson, a daughter of Thomas Wilson, who is living at Knoxville
at the age of eighty one years. Mrs. Cloe was born in this county and has passed her entire life here. To her marriage
with the subject of this review have been born two children. Carl W., an attorney of Knoxville, is a graduate of
the State University of Iowa and of the Chicago University Law School and was admitted to the bar of Iowa in October,
1914. While attending the State University of Iowa he was captain of Company E of the Iowa cadets there and was
for four years a member of the National Guard of Iowa. Rhea Lucile is at home. She studied music at Drake University,
Des Moines, at the State University of Nebraska at Lincoln and for one semester at the State University of Wisconsin
at Madison and has taught piano.
The family are members of the Christian church of Pleasant Ridge, Knoxville township, and are of much help in carrying
on the church work. Mr. Cloe is a Knight Templar Mason, holding his membership in the commandery at Knoxville,
and his son is also a member of the craft. His daughter belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star and to a sorority
of Knoxville. Mr. Cloe has consistently supported the republican party at the polls since age conferred upon him
the right of franchise and takes a commendable interest in public affairs. He is one of the substantial residents
of his township and in the private relations of life and as a citizen has measured up to high standards of manhood.
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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