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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Bailey Brothers.

William J. and Frank M. Bailey constitute the firm of Bailey Brothers, owners of a farm on section 26, Lincoln township, which they are cultivating according to modern scientific methods, their labors being attended with good results.  William J. was born January 26, 1850 in Boston, Massachusetts, while Frank M. Bailey was born in Muscatine county, Iowa, November 6, 1865.  Their parents were George and Bridget (McMenany) Bailey the former a native of London, England and the latter of Ireland.  They came to this country at about the ages of sixteen and fifteen years respectively and were married in Boston.  The year 1856 witnessed their arrival in Iowa, at which time they took up their abode in Muscatine county, and ten years later they removed to Adair county, where they purchased four hundred and eighty acres of land in Lincoln township, two hundred and eighty acres of which now constitute the home farm of the Bailey brothers, the father having previously sold two hundred acres of his original purchase.  He died in this county August 7, 1881, while his wife passed away on the 2d of January, 1904.

The two brothers, William J. and Frank M., were reared at home and the district schools afforded them their educational privileges.  They became active assistants of their father in the operation of the home farm and as the father was in poor health, the responsibility of developing and cultivating the place rested more and more largely upon them.  Following the father's death they continued the management of the farm and in 1894 purchased the interests of the other heirs in the home place

In their political views they are republicans, stanchly supporting the party.  William J. Bailey served for five years as a member of the board of township trustees and for some years Frank M. Bailey has been school treasurer in his district.  He is a member of Stuart Lodge, No. 214, I. O. O. F.  Both brothers are substantial citizens and efficient farmers --- men of sterling worth, who enjoy the warm regard and friendship of many with whom they have come in contact.  Almost their entire lives have been passed in this county and among their fellow citizens they enjoy an enviable reputation as representative business men and agriculturists.



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