Biography of Frank M. Flaming
Washington County, IA Biographies





Frank M. Fleming, who for forty years has: resided in Washington county, has been a witness of much of its growth and progress and at all times has been interested in its upbuilding and development. Throughout the entire period of his residence here he has been associated with agricultural interests and is now farming sixty acres of finely improved land in Cedar township, which he purchased many years ago. He was born in Madison county, Ohio, January 23, 1845, and is a son of John and Sarah (Chappell) Fleming, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Tennessee. In an early day they arrived in Madison county, Ohio, settling on a tract of land in the midst of the dense forests. There the father built a log cabin which the family occupied for several years but as time passed by he was enabled to replace the pioneer improvements with those of a more modern character. He died in Ohio, while his wife passed away in Washington county, Iowa. Their family numbered eight children, of whom four are still living: Lewelen, a resident of Kansas; A. J., who makes his home near Bushnell, Illinois; John, of Cedar township, Washington county; and Frank M., of this review.

Frank M. Fleming passed his youthful days under the parental roof until he had reached the age of sixteen years, when he offered his services to the government, becoming a member of Company B, Tenth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three years. He participated in the battles of Juka, Corinth, Mississippi, Rawson, Jackson, Champion Hill and the siege of Vicksburg, the last named continuing for forty seven days. He was also in the battle of Mission Ridge and in several skirmishes. He was likewise with Sherman during part of the Atlanta campaign, after which he returned to St. Louis and was honorably discharged. He made a creditable military record by reason of his unfaltering loyalty to the cause which he espoused. He had followed the old flag on many a hotly contested battlefield and on many of the long hard marches which constitute a feature of military experience.

After receiving his discharge Mr. Fleming went to Macomb, Illinois, and was employed as a farm hand in that locality for two years. He then came to Washington county and engaged in cultivating a rented farm for five years, during which time he carefully saved his earnings, so that he was at length enabled to purchase sixty acres, constituting his present farm. This is a highly improved property and presents a most attractive appearance owing to the care and labor which Mr. Fleming has bestowed upon it. He has led a life of usefulness and activity, his industry constituting the foundation upon which he has builded his success.

On the 7th of April, 1872, Mr. Fleming was united in marriage to Miss Zerilda E. Gardner, who was born in Madison county, Ohio, July 10, 1846, a daughter of James and Eliza Gardner. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Fleming has been blessed with five children: Cora G., the wife of D. H. Tipton, of Ottumwa, Iowa; Loren and Laura, twins, the latter being the wife of Louis Longwell, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Mabel, the wife of Clarence Timmons, of Washington county; and Clara E., the wife of Walter Patterson, who operates his father in law's farm. The wife and mother died October 9, 1890, and her death was deeply regretted by many friends who had learned to love her by reason of her many attractive qualities and her kindly spirit. She was moreover a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which Mr. Fleming also belongs. In his political views he is an earnest republican and has served as school director for several years, the cause of education finding in him a stalwart champion. He belongs to the Grand Army post at Wellman and thus maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades. Few men of his years can boast of so strenuous a military record in the Civil war as Mr. Fleming, who was but a boy when he entered the service but the strenuous experiences of warfare made him a man in all but years.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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