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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Frank L. Gibb.

Frank L. Gibb is a resident farmer of Summerset township, living on section 30, where well tilled fields respond to his care and labors, rewarding his efforts with good crops.  He is a native of the neighboring state of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Henderson county, on the 8th of April, 1880, his parents being Paul and Sarah (Patterson) Gibb.  The father was born in Belfast, Ireland, and was of Scotch parentage, while the mother was a native of the state of New York.  Crossing the Atlantic to the new world, Paul Gibb was residing in Henderson county, Illinois, at the time of his marriage.  He and his wife began their domestic life there and continued to reside in that county until 1881, when they came to Iowa, settling in Adair county.  Four years later he purchased a farm in Richland township, which he continued to cultivate and improve for eight years.  He then sold that property and bought a farm in Summerset township, where he continued to make his home until 1913, when he removed to Fontanelle, where he now resides.  He has retired from active business, enjoying a rest which he has truly earned and richly deserves.

Frank L. Gibb was an infant when brought by his parents to Iowa and is indebted to the public-school system of Adair county for the educational advantages which he enjoyed and which fitted him for life's practical duties.  In his youthful days he divided his time between the work of the fields and attendance at school and thus gained the practical experience in farming that proved so valuable to him when he started out on his own account.  At twenty-two years of age he began farming for himself on a tract of eighty acres of land on section 34, Summerset township, which was given him by his father at the time he attained his majority.  Later he added forty acres to his holdings.  In 1915 he rented his own land and took a three years' lease on the Hulbert farm, situated a mile and a half south of Fontanelle and this he is now cultivating.  His methods are at once practical and progressive and his work is so systematically managed that excellent results accrue.  He annually harvests good crops and he has high-grade stock upon his place.  Aside from his agricultural interests he is a stockholder in the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company.

On the 22d of April, 1902, Mr. Gibb was united in marriage to Miss Myra Edsall, of Jackson township, and they have one child, Paul R.  Mr. Gibb votes with the republican party, giving unfaltering allegiance to the organization because of a firm belief in its principles.  His farm work, however, allows him but little leisure for activity in other directions.  He is prompted by a laudable ambition to attain success, ever looking to the welfare of his family, and by his careful management he is winning for himself a place among the representative agriculturists of Adair county.



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