Frank Parizek, one of the representative and successful agriculturists of Iowa county, within the borders of
which he has now resided for more than a third of a century, makes his home upon an excellent farm of one hundred
and sixty acres on section 16, Pilot township, and also owns another tract of one hundred and twenty acres.
His birth occurred in Bohemia in December, 1840, his parents being Michael and Mary Parizek, both of whom pent
their entire lives in that country. He was reared in Bohemia, educated in the government schools and in 1867 wedded
Miss Mary Rosinek. In 1871, attracted by the reports which he had heard concerning the opportunities and advantages
of the new world, he emigrated to the United States and took up his abode in Johnson county, Iowa. In his native
country he had worked as a day laborer and in this state he secured employment as a farm hand. In 1880 he came
to Iowa county and purchased eighty acres of land on section 27, Pilot township, while subsequently he bought an
adjoining forty acre tract, cultivating the property with excellent success until about 1894, when he removed to
his present home farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 16. He still owns the two properties and has long
been numbered among the substantial and enterprising agriculturists of the community. He is also a stockholder
in the Williamsburg Savings Bank.
Mr. and Mrs. Parizek have four children, as follows: Carrie, the wife of Thomas Newinda, of Johnson county, Iowa;
Frank and Peter, who operate the home farm; and Rosa, who gave her hand in marriage to Herman Smith, of Lincoln
township, this county. Peter Parizek owns forty acres of land adjoining the home place, and both he and his brother
are widely recognized as progressive farmers and representative citizens of Pilot township.
The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic church. Mr. Parizek has now passed the seventy fourth
milestone on life's journey and enjoys the comforts and ease made possible by his well directed industry in former
years. The hope that led him to leave his native land and come to the new world has been more than realized, for
here he found the opportunities which he sought and has won a gratifying measure of prosperity as well as the regard
and esteem of neighbors and friends.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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