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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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B. J. Hollen.

B. J. Hollen resides on section 1, Grand River township, and owns and cultivates three hundred acres of valuable land.  His birth occurred in Norway on the 13th of June, 1880, his parents being John and Christina (Kvaresten) Hollen, who were also natives of that country.  They emigrated to the United States in 1881 and made their way direct to Adair county, Iowa, locating on the farm which is now in possession of our subject.  John Hollen owned one hundred and forty acres and successfully carried on agricultural pursuits until called to his final rest in 1902, the community thus losing one of its esteemed and substantial citizens.  His wfe passed away in the year 1890.

B. J. Hollen was brought to this county in infancy and was reared to manhood under the parental roof.  His early education, acquired in the district schools, was supplemented by a course of study in the Winterset high school and the Iowa State Teachers' College at Cedar Falls.  He then took up the profession of teaching, being engaged as an instructor during four successive winter terms, while the summer months were devoted to work on the home farm.  In 1903 he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, purchasing the interest of the other heirs in the old homestead, of which he had taken charge after his father's demise in the previous year.  In the spring of 1912 he bought one hundred and sixty acres lying across the road from his home place, so that his holdings now embrace three hundred acres of rich and productive land in Grand River township, in the cultivation of which he is busily engaged.  He is progressive in his farming operations and employs up-to-date methods in the cultivation of his fields, with the result that his annual harvests are a source of substantial and gratifying income.

In 1904 Mr. Hollen was united in marriage to Miss Emma Hart, of Webster township, Madison county, by whom he has three children, namely:  Beatrice Lucille, John D. and Eugene H.  He gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has acceptably served as assessor of Grand River township for four years, while at the present time he is a member of the school board.  Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and exemplify its teachings in their daily lives.  Mr. Hollen has been characterized as one of the broad-minded, well read, public-spirited citizens of Grand River township, and his record cannot fail to prove of interest to the residents of the community in which nearly his entire life has been spent.



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