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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John A. Pope.

John A. Pope, one of the successful farmers and stock-raisers of Prussia township, was born in Henry county, Illinois, July 17, 1870, of the marriage of Eliphalet and Prudence (Shaver) Pope, natives respectively of New York and Pennsylvania.  The father emigrated to Wisconsin in an early day in the history of that state and taught school there for a number of years.  He was married there and subsequently removed to Henry county, Illinois, locating at Oxford.  He followed the profession of teaching there until 1883, when he came to Adair county, Iowa, and purchased eighty acres of land in Prussia township.  For two winters after coming to this county he continued to teach school but subsequently engaged in farming, which pursuit he followed until 1907.  In that year he removed to Fontanelle, where he lived in honorable retirement from the cares of business until his death, which occurred in March, 1910.  His widow is still living and makes her home in California.

John A. Pope passed the days of his boyhood and youth in Henry county, Illinois, and Adair county, Iowa, and received his education in the public schools.  He remained with his parents until he attained his majority and then began working as a farm hand, so continuing for three years.  At the end of that time he began farming on his own account and until 1900 operated rented land.  He then purchased eighty acres on section 21, Prussia township, where he has since resided.  The land is in a high state of cultivation and the farm is well improved.  He raises a high grade of stock in addition to the usual crops and his labor yields him a good annual income.  He also owns stock in the Farmers Lumber Company of Fontanelle.

Mr. Pope was married on the 2d of March, 1904, to Miss Sophia Jensen, a daughter of Hans and Marie Jensen, who are still residing in Denmark.  Mr. and Mrs. Pope have two children:  Harold J., ten years of age; and Hazel M., eight years old.

Mr. Pope gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and takes a commendable interest in everything relating to the public welfare.  Although not an office seeker he has served as constable of his township.  He holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which he belongs.  His ability and integrity have won him the respect of those who come in contact with him and there are many who are his warm personal friends.



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