Thomas E. Rose is a representative farmer of Liberty township, living on section 7. He was born on the adjoining
section, the old homestead farm of the family, February 24, 1856, a son of Richard and Matilda (Glenn) Rose, the
former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Brown county, Illinois. They were married in the latter district
and as the years went on six children were added to the household, as follows: Thomas E., of this review; Catherine,
who is the wife of Frank Williams, of Clay township, this county; Sarah, who gave her hand in marriage to Tim Gregory;
Elizabeth, who died at the age of eighteen years; Charles I., who is a resident of Harvey county, Kansas; and George
H., living on the old home place. In October, 1855, the family home was established in Marion county, on a tract
of land, two hundred and forty acres of which Mr. Rose had preempted a few years before. The father bent his energies
to the development and improvement of the old home place and as they became old enough his sons assisted him in
the farm work, and there Reichard Rose passed away April 6, 1896, at the age of about seventy five years, his birth
having occurred June 1, 1821. His wife, who was born November 2, 1829, died in 1906, and they were laid to rest
in Liberty cemetery. During the long years of their residence in this county they had become widely and favorably
known and their memory is yet cherished by many. The father was a veteran of the Mexican war. He always carried
on farming and stock raising and his energy and determination enabled him to so successfully conduct his business
that he provided a good living for his family. In politics he was a democrat and served as township trustee. He
was much interested in public affairs, took a helpful part in advancing the welfare of the community and was among
those who laid broad and deep the foundation upon which has been built the present progress and prosperity of the
county. Both he and his wife were members of the Christian church and their lives constituted an example that any
might well follow.
Thomas E. Rose was educated in one of the old time log schoolhouses of the pioneer days and he shared with the
family in all of the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life. He assisted in the arduous task of breaking
the sod and developing new fields and as the years passed on his labors were attended with substantial success
and brought to him the experience that enabled him to carry on his own farm work in a most capable manner. In March,
1884, he located upon his present place and is today the owner of two farms comprising one hundred and fifty nine
acres. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also successfully engages in raising stock.
On the 17th of March, 1878, Mr. Rose was united in marriage to Miss Nancy E. Stephens, her parents being Cumberland
and Sarah J. (Ridlen) Stephens, who came to this county in the 'sos and spent the remainder of their lives in Liberty
township. They had thirteen children, six of whom survive. To Mr. and Mrs. Rose have been born six children, as
follows: Myrtle, who passed away in 1906; Seth; Lena, who gave her hand in marriage to Roy Sherman, of Oglesby,
Illinois; Ruth, the wife of Worth Phelps, residing in Lyon county, Minnesota; Dwight; and Arminta.
Mr. Rose exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the democratic party but the honors
and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him, as he has always preferred to devote his attention to
his farming interests, with the result that success is now his in creditable measure and he ranks with the leading
and representative farmers of the county.
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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