FRED C. RAYBURN.
The citizens of Pleasant township, Poweshiek county, are glad to claim Fred C. Rayburn as one of their native sons,
for he is a most enterprising and progressive young farmer, born here on the 30th of July, 1872, a son of John
G. and Annie (Gier) Rayburn. The parents were born in the state of Ohio but are numbered among the pioneers of
Poweshiek county, having settled here in the early '50s. For many years the father followed farming in this section
of the state but he is now living retired in Montezuma, where he and his estimable wife are enjoying the fruits
of their former toil. Unto them have been born six children, namely: Ettie, the deceased wife of Fred Ingram; Charles,
a resident of Dalhart, Texas; Fred C., whose name introduces this review; Flora, the wife of Clyde Blain, a resident
of Jackson township; Alfred, of Montezuma; and Harland, who is a student of art in Chicago.
Fred C. Rayburn, the third in order of birth, was reared on the home farm, early being trained to the duties and
labors that fall to the lot of the farm lad, and as his age and strength increased he more largely assumed responsibilities
and thus was qualified to carry on business on his own account in later life. He remained with his parents until
they removed to Montezuma and then took up farming on his own account. He has prospered in his undertakings and
is now the owner of three hundred acres of valuable farm land, situated on section 20, Pleasant township, which
is known as the old Ewart property and has been in his possession since 1904. His place is well improved and he
makes stock feeding the principal feature of his labors.
It was on the 20th of January, 1897, that Mr. Rayburn was married to Miss Mattie Ewart, who was born on the farm
which is still her home, February 8, 1876. Her father, Robert Ewart, who was one of the well known and prosper
out farmers of Pleasant township, is now deceased. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn have been born a son and daughter,
Lester and Bernice.
In politics Mr. Rayburn is a republican and is now serving his second term as township trustee. He attends and
supports the Methodist Episcopal church, but is not a member of any religious organization. He is a stockholder
in the Ewart Cooperative Creamery Company and is ever interested in any industry or enterprise that tends to benefit
the community in which he makes his home. He and his wife are well known here, for their entire lives have been
passed in the district which is still their home and their numerous friends have for them the highest regard and
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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