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Frank Roffman

Frank Roffman, actively engaged in general farming and stock-raising, is one of the best known agriculturists of Franklin township, his fine farm of one hundred and twenty-seven acres lying on Section 7. In management and conduct of this property he displays excellent business ability, and his enterprise, careful control and keen discernment are the factors which have gained him the substantial place which he now occupies among the leading business men of his community. He was born in Germany, on the 22nd of December, 1871, and is the son of John and Minnie (Blank*) Roffman, also natives of that country. The father spent his entire life engaged in farming, coming to America in 1875* and locating immediately* in Post township, Allamakee County, where he purchased land, whereon he continued to make his home until his death, which occurred on the 20th of August, 1882*. The mother survives him and makes her home in Franklin township.

The Evergreen school in Post township afforded Frank Roffman his educational opportunities and in his childhood he devided his time between his studies and work upon the farm. He began his independent career at the age of twenty-one, hiring out as a farm laborer, and he continued thus for nine years, after which he purchased land of his own. He bought one hundred and twenty seven acres on Section 7, Franklin township, and since he was he thirty years of age has been active in its cultivation. Upon his property he has made many substantial improvements, erecting barns and outbuildings, all of which present a neat and attractive appearance. Success has steadily rewarded his well directed labors and he is today one of the prosperous farmers and substantial business men of this vicinity.

On the 5th of December, 1900, Mr. Roffman was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Segrist, a daughter of Louis and Mary Ann (Joyce) Segrist, the former a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and the latter of Indiana. More extended mention of these parents is made on another page of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Roffman have four children: Harold, who was born October 14, 1903; Earl, born January 17, 1907; Otto, born January 21, 1909; and Mabel, born July 20, 1912.

Mr. Roffman is a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Store at Postville and is connected fraternally with the Modern Woodmen of America. He gives his political allegiance to the Republican party and has been road supervisior and a member of the school board, laboring effectively in that office to promote the cause of education. As one of the large landowners and successful farmers and business men of Franklin township he is well known, for his life record shows what may be accomplished by a determined spirit and by unfaltering enterprise. He has carefully noted and utilized each opportunity and his example of unremitting industry and persererance is one well worthy of emulation.

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


*Research note: maiden name correctly is Blenk, and the dates 1871 and 1884. Family first settled in Michigan. -submitted by Dorothy Gosse

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