J. H. RAVENSCROFT, an enterprising stock farmer of Jackson township, where he owns and operates a two hundred and forty acre farm, is a self-made man, and owes his success in life to his own untiring energy. He was born in Big Grove township, Benton county, Iowa, May 7, 1862, and is a son of J. T. Ravenscroft, given mention at length elsewhere in this work.
J. H. Ravenscroft was reared in Benton county, which has been, his home all his life with the exception of three years spent in Mahaska county, Iowa, when he was a child. He received a common school education and chose the vocation of farming, in which, he has been successful. Besides his farm in Jackson township he owns eighty acres of land in Polk township. He has made all modern improvements on his farm, erected the present substantial residence and suitable outbuildings, and he has fences throughout which are nearly "hog- proof." He handles two to three hundred hogs and one hundred fifty head of cattle annually. He also deals in horses, buying, raising and selling some forty to fifty head annually. In politics he is a Republican, and takes an active interest in public affairs. He stands well in the community, where he is well known and highly esteemed. He belongs to Garrison Camp of Modern Woodmen of America. His wife was a member of the Methodist church.
Mr. Ravenscroft married, September 28, 1887, Ethel Rose, born in Homer township, Benton county, May 8. 1869, and who died May 2, 1907. She was a daughter of Walter and Estella (Herring) Rose, early residents of Benton county. Mr. and Mrs. Ravenscroft had six children born to them, namely: Olive A., aged twenty, is at home; Eula May, nineteen; Mabel, fifteen; Robert, fourteen; Laura, twelve, and James Franklin, two.