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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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J. G. Faber.

Agricultural interests find a worthy representative in J. G. Faber, a resident farmer of Summerset township, his home being on section 33.  His place presents a neat and attractive appearance, showing that he is actuated by a practical and progressive spirit and that he keeps in touch with the advanced methods of farm work.  He was born in Bureau county, Illinois, March 21, 1862, a son of John and Elizabeth (Rechtenbaugh) Faber, both of whom were natives of Germany, whence they crossed the Atlantic to the new world.  The latter came with her parents during her girlhood days and the former bade adieu to friends and fatherland when a young man and made the voyage over the Atlantic to the United States.  Both settled in Bureau county, Illinois, where they were married, and then established their home upon a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in that county.  With persistent energy John Faber performed the work of tilling the soil and succeeded in making his farm a productive and valuable property.  He also added to his possessions by the purchase of another farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Lee county.  His entire life was devoted to general agricultural pursuits, his labors being ended in death on the 19th of March, 1877.  His widow has survived him for more than thirty-eight years and now resides with a son on the old homestead in Illinois.

J. G. Faber was reared upon his father's farm and received such educational advantages as were afforded in the district school near his home and in the town school at Ohio Station.  At the age of nineteen years he became a wage earner, working as a farm hand, and was thus employed in Illinois for about three years.  In 1884 he came to Adair county, Iowa, settling on a farm of eighty acres in Jackson township, which he had purchased the year prior to his removal to this state.  He lived in Jackson township for six years, during which time he bent his energies to the development and improvement of his land but in 1890 he sold his farm and purchased his present home place comprising one hundred and sixty acres on section 33, Summerset township.  In subsequent years he has bought still other land, owning now seventy-five acres in Richland township across the road from his home farm and another farm of one hundred and forty-seven acres in Richland township two and a half miles east of his home place.  His landed possessions thereby aggregate three hundred and eighty-two acres of rich farm land in Adair county and from his property he is deriving a gratifying annual income.  Moreover, he owns stock in the Fontanelle Lumber Company and in the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, both of which pay good dividends.

On December 24, 1885, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Faber and Miss Mary Glade, a daughter of Michael and Christine Glade.  The children born of this marriage were eight in number, of whom seven are yet living:  Frank L. and Glen R., who operate land belonging to their father;  Chrissie E., the wife of R. D. Mayes, of Summerset township;  Leila, the wife of Warren Parkes, a farmer of Adair county;  Lora, who is a high-school student at Greenfield;  and Elsie and Jesse G., both at home.

Mr. Faber votes with the democratic party and has served for two terms as township trustee.  He is now president of the school board and he and his wife are connected with the Evangelical church in religious faith.  His interest in public affairs is that of a man who recognizes his duties of citizenship and acknowledges the obligations which devolve upon him as well as the privileges which are his.  His life in a measure is quietly passed in the control of his farming interests but he is justly accounted one of the substantial residents of his locality.



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