E. E. Bakkum


In the rich agricultural state of Iowa there is no section more fertile than that of Allamakee county, and in that county no farm which bespeaks more thorough methods or returns better yields than that of E. E. Bakkum, who farms one hundred and ninety acres on section 19 in Center township. He is a son of a pioneer and was born on the farm upon which his father settled, on February 5, 1861, a son of Erick Bakkum, who is mentioned at greater length in another part of this work.

In the acquirement of his education E. E. Bakkum attended the district schools and subsequently a Waukon school, completing his training by a course at Breckenridge Institute in Decorah. Early he learned agricultural methods from his father and when old enough the latter gave him property comprising one hundred and fifty acres, upon which E. E. Bakkum engaged independently and where he has since made valuable improvements and installed modern machinery in order to increase the yield of his acres. He engages in mixed farming, giving attention to grain raising and his live-stock interests, and that his work is crowned with success is evidence by the fact that he has been enabled to add forty acres to the original tract.

In Allamakee county Mr. Bakkum was united in marriage to Miss Isabelle Sevatson, a daughter of Severt Sevatson, and they have five children, Ida K., Melinda G., Selma E., Egbert R. And Emily I. All of these are yet at home. Mr. and Mrs. Bakkum are members of the Lutheran church and ever interested in its expansion and beneficial work. He gives his allegiance to the republican party and keeps intelligently informed upon all questions that affect his locality, his county and his state. Mr. Bakkum has ever shown a laudable interest in education and has given evidence thereof by his service as school director of his township. Of an old pioneer family, he has preserved the family tradition by a worthy career and is highly respected and esteemed in his community, enjoying the confidence and good-will of all who know him.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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