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Frederick Segrist


Frederick Segrist, carrying on general farming upon eighty acres of fine land on section 7, Franklin township, is one of Allamakee county’s most progressive and successful native sons, his birth having occurred just across the county line in Hardin, on the 5th of February, 1883. He is a son of Louis and Mary Ann (Joyce) Segrist, the former born in Massachusetts in 1835 and the latter in Indian some seven or eight years afterward. As a young man the father came to Iowa and his marriage occurred in Allamakee county, after which he worked in the employ of others for some time. He later became an independent landowner in Franklin township and from there moved to Post township, where his death occurred in 1902. His wife survives him and makes her home in Franklin township. In their family were nine children, of whom the subject of this review is the youngest.

Frederick Segrist was reared upon his father’s farm and from an early age assisted with the work of its cultivation, becoming thoroughly familiar with the best agricultural methods and with everything pertaining to the work of the fields and the care of the grain and stock. The occupation in which he had been reared was the one to which he turned his attention upon reaching manhood and upon the death of his father he assumed charge of the homestead, continuing to develop and improve it until 1906. In that year he sold the property and bought eighty acres on section 7, Franklin township, upon which he still resides. He engages in general farming and stock-raising and devotes his entire time to his agricultural pursuits, his farm evidencing in its neat and attractive appearance his practical methods and well directed labors.

Mr. Segrist married, on the 1st of May, 1904, Miss Zelma Lawson, who was born in Franklin township, March 1, 1886. To their union have been born two children, twins, Bertha Louise and Bessie Lucile, whose birth occurred September 16, 1908. Mr. Segrist in independent in his political views and interested in the growth and welfare of the community although never an office seeker. He is well known throughout the township as a man of alert and enterprising spirit, possessed of the resolute will which enable him to carry forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. His methods are at all times practical and progressive and his success, rewarding earnest and persistent labor, places him among the most prosperous and able of Allamkee county’s native sons.

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

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