Biography of George W. Fee
Marion County, IA Biographies





George W. Fee still oversees the operation of his farm in Knoxville township, three and one half miles from the city of Knoxville, but for a number of years has made his home in town. He also owns three acres and two lots in Knoxville. He has resided in the township of that name since 1849 and practically his entire life has been spent here. He was born on the iith of October, 1849. His birthplace was Crawford county, Indiana, and his parents were Christopher and Susan (Means) Fee. The father was born on the 5th of July, 1805, in Virginia, of English descent, and went to Indiana as a young man and there married. He devoted the greater part of his time to farming and after coming to Iowa in 1849 became the owner of three hundred acres of land in this county. His death occurred here in June, 1805. His political belief was that of the democratic party and his religious faith was shown by his adherence to the Baptist church. His wife was born in North Carolina but accompanied her parents to Indiana when quite young and was the only one of her family to come to Iowa. Her death occurred when she was more than seventy years old. There were six children in the family when the removal was made to Iowa, the subject of this review being the youngest, and seven were born in Marion county, making thirteen in all. Ten survive and seven reside in this county.

George W. Fee grew to manhood here and has resided here during his entire adult life. He was reared upon the home farm and quite naturally followed agricultural pursuits when starting out in life for himself. He became the owner of three hundred and thirty seven acres of fine land three and one half miles from Knoxville and gained financial independence through its cultivation. He followed general farming and was progressive in the methods that he used. For a number of years he has resided in Knoxville and has merely given general supervision to the operation of his farm, the work being done by his two sons.

In 1867 Mr. Fee married Miss May E. Warfel, a native of the Old Dominion, born on the 24th of October, 1847. She came to Iowa in 1850 with her father, J. B. Warfel, who located in Warren county, but subsequently removed to Marion county. He was a carpenter and stationary engineer and for a number of years ran a grist mill at Knoxville which was owned by John M. Jones. He passed away in Texas about 1890 at an advanced age. His wife was in her maidenhood Miss Lucinda M. Lundy, a native of Grayson county, Virginia, where their marriage occurred. She 'died in 1876. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church in childhood and remained throughout her life a consistent member thereof. Mr. Warfel in his later years belonged to the United Brethren church. They were the parents of six children, four of whom survive, two living in Iowa, one in Arkansas and one in Colorado. Mrs. Fee grew to womanhood in this county and was here married. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Fee are four in number and all are natives of Marion county. Charles Leonard, who is operating part of his father's farm, married Miss Luella Hayes and they have two children, Glenn and Lena. George Archibald, who is also cultivating his father's farm, married Miss Jessie Stoops, who died within a year after her marriage. Lillie Belle married A. D. Graves, also living upon the homestead, and they have two children, Beulah May and Delmar Harold. Jesse Harold resides in Raymond, Washington, within a few miles of the Pacific ocean, and is a bookkeeper in the employ of the Raymond Lumber Company. He married Alta Foidel, of Knoxville, Iowa, and they are the parents of a daughter, Mary Elizabeth.

Mr. Fee is a democrat and has always manifested a praiseworthy interest in the proper conduct of public affairs. The family has displayed a disinterested desire for the general good and two of the older brothers of our subject served in the Union army during the Civil war. During his active life Mr. Fee was a representative agriculturist of the county and the leisure which he now enjoys is richly deserved. Those who have had dealings with him know him to be strictly upright and honest and these qualities of character have gained him the respect of his fellow citizens.


Also see John F. Fee (brother of George)

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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