Solomon Weekly is numbered among the representatives of farming interests in Seventy Six township, making his
home since 1890 upon his present farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres of Iowa's rich soil. He was
born in Doddridge county, Virginia, now West Virginia, and attended the common schools in his home neighborhood.
At twenty two years of age he was married and, thinking to find better opportunities in the middle west, made his
way to Richland county, Illinois, where he remained for a year. On the expiration of that period he returned to
Doddridge county, where he continued for ten years and in 1882 arrived in Washington county, Iowa. Here he began
farming upon rented land and continued to thus engage in the tilling of the soil until his industry and careful
expenditure had brought him sufficient capital to enable him to purchase a farm. It was in 1889 that he purchased
eighty acres of his present place, on which he took up his abode in the spring in 1890. Two years later he bought
an eighty acres adjoining, thus extending the boundaries of his property until it now includes one hundred and
sixty acres. Here he carries on general farming and has been very successful in his chosen life work. Year by year
he carefully tills the fields and the planting of early spring and the cultivation of the summer months are rewarded
by generous harvests in the autumn.
Mr. Weekly was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Coleman, a native of Allegany county, Maryland, and unto them
have been born five children: Lewis, a resident of Floyd county, Iowa; Virgil, living in Henry county, Iowa; Blanche,
the wife of O. T. King, of Seventy Six township, Washington county; Frederick, who makes his home in Cedar township,
this county; and Effie, the wife of Frederick Fisher, who operates his father in law's farm. The parents are consistent
and faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church, taking an active interest in its work and doing all in
their power to extend its influence. Mr. Weekly votes with the republican party. He does not seek to figure prominently
in public affairs but is justly accounted one of the representative farmers of Seventy Six township and belongs
to the class of self made men of whom the county has just reason to be proud. Starting out in life empty handed,
he placed his dependence upon the substantial qualities of energy and industry and thus he has steadily worked
his way upward, brooking no obstacles that could be overcome by persistent and honorable effort. His record proves
what may be attained in this way and his example should serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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