FRANK LORMOR, a large land holder of Benton county, was born September 1, 1857, in Kendall county, Illinois. He was brought by his parents to Benton county, Iowa, when eighteen months old, the journey having been made by team. He is a son of John W. and Sarah J. (Boyer) Lormor. The father, who was one of a family of twelve children, was born in Dryden, Tompkins county, New York, October 31, 1826, and spent his youth in his native state. When a young man he moved to Illinois, and there married. In 1859 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of his brother in Iowa, and removed with his family to that state. This land was in Benton county, and at first he lived on another farm and improved his own land and later occupied it. He remained there until 1874, when he removed to a farm west of the city of Mount Auburn. Here he carried on farming successfully until 1892 when he retired and lived in Mount Auburn until his death, which occurred February 25, 1907. He had added to his possessions as he was able to do so until he owned seventeen hundred and fifty acres of land, and had good business sense and foresight. He had his own way to make in life, and though in his youth he encountered many hardships and much ill luck he always kept his courage and ambition. He married Sarah J., daughter of John and Elizabeth (Krouse) Boyer; both her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, where they grew up, and they settled on a farm in Illinois, where they both remained until their death. Mrs. Lormor survives her husband. They had children as follows: Frank; Lizzie, wife of M. Schany, of Waterloo, Iowa; Norah, wife of E. C. Wilton, of Cedar township, Benton county; Mary, wife of J. M. Calkin, of Baird, Nebraska; and George, a resident of Mount Auburn.
Frank Lormor remained on his father's farm until he reached the age of twenty-three years, and then took a trip to Colorado, after which he returned and remained on his father's farm until the latter retired. In 1893 he removed to the farm he now occupies, where besides carrying on general farming he handles a good grade of stock. He owns three hundred acres, of which he operates one hundred acres in Cedar township, in sections 12, 13 and 15. He has studied the best methods of farming all his life, and is a first class, ambitious farmer. After finishing school he taught one term. He take an active interest in local affairs, and is an adherent of the Republican party. He has served as township assessor, trustee, justice of the peace and school officer to the satisfaction of all. Mr. Lormor and family attend the Methodist Episcopal church, and fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He married, in 1893, Grace May, daughter of H. S. and Julia P. Welton, of Cedar township, Benton county.