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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Frank Patera.

Frank Patera, who is carrying on agricultural operations on section 32, Richland township, is one of the successful farmers of that township and is highly esteemed by all who know him.  He was born in Bohemia, Austria, March 31, 1863, a son of Anthony and Mary (Vleek) Patera, who emigrated to the United States in 1873.  The family landed in Baltimore on the 27th of November, of that year, and made their way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they remained about a month.  They then came westward and located on a farm in Johnson county near Iowa City, where they lived for five years.  In the spring of 1879 they removed to Adams bounty but five years later they crossed the line into Adair county, buying one hundred and sixty acres on section 31, Richland township, to the operation of which the father devoted his time and energy.  Both parents passed away upon that place.

Frank Patera was largely educated in the district schools in Bohemia but after removing to this country attended  school during two winters.  When he reached mature years he went to Creston and for five years was employed in the roundhouse of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad at that point.  He then returned home and assisted his father for two years.  In 1891 he was married and not long afterward began operating eighty acres of the homestead which his father gave him.  He farmed that place for twelve years, but in 1903 sold it and purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 32, Richland township, where he has since resided.  He is at once practical and progressive and as he manifests commendable enterprise he is meeting with a gratifying measure of success.  He also owns stock in the Nevinville Telephone Company.

Mr. Patera was united in marriage on the 7th of April, 1891, to Miss Barbara Krisinger, also a native of Bohemia.  When eighteen years of age she emigrated to this country and joined an uncle, Frank Cihak, a resident of Audubon county, this state.  To Mr. and Mrs. Patera have been born two children, Edward and May J., both of whom are at home.

Mr. Patera is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than the party.  He and his family belong to the Western Bohemian Brotherhood Association and take an active interest in its work.  He is a representative citizen of the county and holds the unqualified respect and the high esteem of all who have come into contact with him.



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