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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Frank Ramsbottom.

Frank Ramsbottom, who makes his home on section 20, Union township, has become the owner of five hundred and sixty acres of valuable land since starting out as an agriculturist on his own account more than three decades ago.  His birth occurred in Waushara county, Wisconsin, on the 25th of August, 1863, his parents being John and Ellen (Foster) Ramsbottom, of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of Henry Ramsbottom, a brother of our subject.

Frank Ramsbottom was a youth of twelve years when the family home was established in Adair county and has remained within its borders continuously since.  He began his education in the district schools of his native state and attended school for three winter terms after coming to this county.  When in his nineteenth year he started out upon an independent career and was employed by the month for a year, at the end of which time he purchased a team and broke prairie, also beginning farming for himself in a small way.  In 1885, when a young man of twenty-two years, he came into possession of his first land, buying an eighty-acre tract on section 29, Union township, in association with his brother Wallace.  Subsequently they bought eighty acres of land adjoining and then divided their holdings, Frank Ramsbottom taking one eighty-acre tract and his brother the other.  In later years our subject has purchased other property from time to time until he now owns five hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land.  He makes a specialty of raising registered shorthorn cattle and in both his farming and live-stock interests has won gratifying success, enjoying an enviable reputation as one of the substantial and representative agriculturists of the county.

In 1896 Mr. Ramsbottom was united in marriage to Miss Marie Campbell, by whom he had two children, Edward and Mary.  The wife and mother passed away in 1900 and six years later Mr. Ramsbottom was again married, his second union being with Miss Eva Cochran, of Talmage, Iowa.  He gives his political allegiance to the democracy and has ably served as township assessor for two or three terms.  In all dealings he is thoroughly reliable and honorable and a worthy representative of that class of citizens who constitute the most forceful element of any community.



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