Fred P. Grant is the owner of the only ice company in Knoxville and has developed his business to large proportions.
He was born in New York state, at the foot of the Catskill mountains, on the 25th of February, 1846, a son of John
F. and Mary M. (Miller) Grant. His paternal grandfather was General Grant, who was in command of militia from New
York in the War of 1812. John F. Grant was a lumberman by occupation.
Fred P. Grant was taken to Pennsylvania by his parents when but ten years of age and lived there until his marriage.
He then removed to New Jersey, where he resided until he came to Iowa, being superintendent of a lumber company
in the east. In 1881 he came to Pella, this state, but late in the same year removed to Knoxville, where he started
a creamery and conducted it until 1896. He then established the ice business of which he is still the owner. In
the fall of 1913 a rival company was bought out and the Fred P. Grant Company now has the field to itself. It handles
more than two thousand tons of ice per year and runs three or four wagons. The ice sold is natural ice and thirty
five men are employed in putting it up. Great care is exercised to prevent its contamination in any way, full weight
is invariably given and the price is fair and reasonable. William L. Grant, the son of our subject, is associated
with his father in business.
Fred P. Grant was married in 1872 to Miss Millie M. Pellett, of Pennsylvania, a daughter of Calvin and Eunice Pellett.
Her father devoted his life to the work of the farm. To Mr. and Mrs. Grant were born four children: William L;
Nellie A., at home; Carrie B., who married Homer Carpenter, a resident of Trinidad, Colorado; and Edna, at home.
Mrs. Grant passed away on the 9th of June, 1910.
William L. Grant, who was born in New York state on the 24th of September, 1873, after completing the public school
course at Knoxville, became associated with his father in the ice business when a young man. From 1903 to 1906
he was deputy sheriff of the county, serving under Sheriff Bybee. At the expiration of his term of office he lived
in Colorado for seven years, but in 1913 returned to Knoxville and purchased the Goodspeed ice business, which
he consolidated with that of his father, and he has since been a member of. the Fred P. Grant Ice Company. He married
Kate Kimball of Knoxville. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and belongs to the Knights of Pythias, in
which he is past chancellor.
Fred P. Grant is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a republican in his political belief and
has served as alderman from the third ward. He has been successful in business but has not allowed his private
interests to take up his entire time, as he has always cooperated with those who have sought to promote the welfare
of the community.
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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