— The subject of this sketch is a representative of one of the
prominent and highly respected families of Fremont township, Benton
county, Iowa. The father of this family, Henry Weiehman, when a young
man came from his native land, Germany, to this country, and in Benton
county, Iowa, acquired a competency and reared a family of sons and
daughters, eight in number, of whom five are living and occupying
prominent and useful positions in the community. More extended
reference to the early history of the family will be found in this work
in connection with the biographies of John and Christian A. Weichman,
brothers of Frank.
Frank Weichman grew up on his father's farm in Benton county, receiving
a good, common school education and early acquiring the thrifty habits
of his prosperous father. When he married he rented land from his
father, and subsequently received as his inheritance eighty acres of
the home place, which he cultivated and to which, later he added by
purchase the farm upon being sold but about 2,000 acres. This company
laid out the town of Crook, about 100 acres being which his present
home is situated. This home, modern and beautiful, furnished and
equipped better than the average city home, he has occupied since 1902,
and he is the owner of three hundred broad acres, devoted to general
farming and stock raising, cattle and hogs being his specialty. In
addition to this farm Mr. Weichman owns a tract of land in Hartley
county, Texas, and he is a director of the Newhall Savings Bank.
On April 30, 1890, Mr. Weichman married Miss Pauline Schlotterback, a
native of Fremont township, born November 23, 1867, daughter of Gotleib
and Christena (Schlotterback) Schlotterback. Her father was born in
Reichenburg, Germany, November 26, 1832, and died in this county
January 20, 1893; her mother born April 4, 1832, is now a resident of
Atkins, Iowa. They had twelve children, of whom nine are living,
namely: Jacob, William, Charles, Albert, Mary, wife of Charles
Weichman; Caroline, wife of Fred Mathis; Pauline, Mrs. Frank Weichman;
Elizabeth, wife of Henry Schuchmann, and Frank; all of Benton county.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weichman have four children: Clarence, Harry,
Victor, and Irene, all at home.
Politically Mr. Weichman is a Democrat, always taking a commendable
interest in public affairs, and having served as school director, not,
however, in any sense of the word being a politician.