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Frank E. Teeple


The Spring Valley Stock Farm, a fine property of two hundred and seventeen acres lying on section 11, Ludlow township, is the property of Frank E. Teeple, one of the most prominent farmers and stock-raisers and most progressive citizens of Allamakee county. He is a native of Iowa, born in Winneshiek county, October 8, 1854, and is a son of George Teeple, a native of New York, who in his childhood went to Canada with his parents, where he remained until he was twenty years of age. The father came to the states when a young man and spent some time in Michigan and Illinois, arriving in Iowa in September, 1852. He located in Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, and there purchased land and opened up a farm, afterward buying and disposing of several agricultural properties in that vicinity. In 1864 he moved to Allamakee county and bought the Spring Valley Stock Farm which he improved and developed with the other lands he held until his death, which occurred in 1877. He had married in Winneshiek county on the 22d of October, 1853, Miss Annette Penfield, who was born in Pennsylvania, where she was reared and educated. She later came to Iowa and was the first teacher in Glenwood township, Winneshiek county. She passed away in 1875, two years before the death of her husband.

Frank E. Teeple is the oldest in a family of five sons. He was ten years of age when he came with his parents to Allamakee county and the greater part of his life has been spent on the Spring Valley Stock Farm. He assisted his father with its operation until the latter’s death and then purchased the interests of the other heirs and succeeded to the management of the homestead, whereon he has continued to reside to the present time. There is an excellent residence upon the property, fine barns and outbuildings and labor-saving machinery, while three good springs furnish an abundance of water for stock and domestic purposes. Mr. Teeple is a stock-raiser on an extensive scale, keeping high-grade milch cows for dairy purposes, one hundred head of Durham cattle, Poland China hogs and Norman and Belgian horses. In addition to this farm he owns another fine property of one hundred and sixty acres in Franklin township, this being a well improved and well managed stock farm. He was one of the promoters of the Ludlow Cooperative Creamery and has served as a director, vice president and the president of this association, to which he sold more cream than any other member. He is also a stockholder in the Farmers Hog and Produce Company, of which he has been auditor for several years, and in business circles his resourcefulness energy and ability are recognized and respected.

In Ludlow, on the 29th of April, 1879, Mr. Teeple was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Fuller, who was born, reared and educated in Winneshiek county and who previous to her marriage taught in the public schools. She passed away November 17, 1901, leaving four daughters: Angie, who is her father’s housekeeper; Cora, the wife of J. E. McCabe, a prominent farmer of Jefferson township; Ida, who married J. E. Wittenberger, station agent at East Dubuque for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad; and Bessie, a graduate of Fayette College. Mr. Teeple’s four daughters are all well educated and cultured women, having completed full college courses. They and their father are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which Mrs. Teeple also belonged. Fraternally Mr. Teeple is connected with the Masonic lodge and chapter. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has held various important positions of public trust and honor. He is one of the well known and substantial farmers and stock-raisers of Allamakee county and is besides a public spirited and progressive citizen, cooperating heartily in all movement for the growth, advancement and development of the section in which he has so long resided.

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

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