History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.
ROBERT B. AUSTIN,
proprietor of Elm Grove Stock Farm, of Jackson township, was born near
Belfast, in the north of Ireland, June 20, 1843, and is a son of John
Austin, born in 1798, now deceased, mentioned elsewhere in this work.
Mr. Austin came to America in the fall of 1850 with his parents,
locating first in Dubuque county, Iowa; he was reared and educated in
that section and learned the fullest details of farming and stock
raising, which he has followed all his life. He left Dubuque county in
1867, made a trip to Idaho and other western states in the gold region,
and came to Benton county, Iowa, later in the same year. He has
improved three farms in Jackson township, and now operates four hundred
acres of fine fertile land. Mr. Austin is a most industrious and
progressive farmer, and has met with flattering success. He is a
public-spirited citizen, and actively interested in the public welfare.
Politically he has always been a Republican. Mr. Austin married in
1871, in Dubuque county.
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