JEROME CORBIN, a substantial farmer of Benton county, was born in Knox county, Ohio, June 24, 1859. His father, also named Jerome, was also a native of Knox county, born in 1830, reared and educated in his native county, and in 1854 united in marriage to Caroline McMertrie, whose father was a native of New York and became a pioneer in Green county, Wisconsin. The father, Jerome Corbin, came to Benton county, Iowa, in 1865, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres. He became a successful farmer, and later added to his land until he had five hundred acres. He was a Republican in politics, but did not care for political honors for himself. Of his six children four survive. The surviving children are Miss Addie Tanner of Linn county, Iowa; Jerome; Mrs. Katie Schlueter, Dallas county, Iowa; and Luella W. The two deceased are William, who died in 1889 aged thirty-two years, and an unnamed twin brother of Jerome. Mr. Corbin's father was a native of Pennsylvania, who became an Ohio pioneer. He died in 1900 on his farm, aged seventy-one years, mourned and respected by all, and his widow died in 1909 aged seventy-one years leaving behind a memory cherished by her children and friends.
Jerome Corbin, Jr., received his education in the country schools of Benton county, and grew to manhood on his father's farm, learning the principals of all branches of farming, of which he has made a thorough study. He bought one hundred and sixty acres of land from his father and later acquired two hundred and forty acres, and is now the owner of a fine farm, with modern improvements, and pays close attention to its cultivation. Mr. Corbin belongs to no societies, and though a stanch Republican has never aspired to public office. He is a man of energy and executive ability, and takes pardonable pride in his achievements.
February 26, 1896, Mr. Corbin married Emma, daughter of Aaron and Maria (Boldt) Braue, of Holstein, Germany. Her father was a cabinet-maker in Germany, and she was educated in her native country, coming to the United States in 1886. With the exception of one brother, William, of Oklahoma, Mrs. Corbin is the only member of her family to come to the United States. Her father died when she was eleven years old and her mother is still living in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Corbin have three children, all living at home, namely: Ray L., May Helen and Bernard J., all bright and healthy children.