S[elmon]. T. WHIPPLE,
a successful stock farmer of Taylor township, Benton county, Iowa, was
born August 20, 1861, in the same township, on the old homestead in
section 20. He is a son of Cyrenius Whipple, mentioned at length
elsewhere in this work. Mr. Whipple received his education in the
common schools and Tilford Collegiate Academy, and has followed farming
as an occupation all his life. He began farming on his own account in
the early eighties, and now owns a fine farm of ninety-five acres of
well improved land in section 18, where he resides. He does general
farming and raises considerable stock. He built the handsome residence
they occupy in 1906, and they enjoy modern conveniences and comforts.
Politically Mr. Whipple is a Republican, and he has served as township
assessor. He is an enterprising, progressive citizen, and is considered
one of the substantial farmers of the county.
Mr. Whipple married, January 8, 1884, Anna C. Edwards, born in Taylor
township October 27, 1866, daughter of A. T. and Martha J. (Brewer)
Edwards, both early residents of the county, now residing at Vinton.
Mrs. Whipple was reared in this county, and here received her
education. Mr. Whipple and his wife became the parents of twelve
children, as follows: Carl T., Callie C., Selmon T. Jr., William W.,
Frankie (died in infancy), Harrison L., Edward C., Anna Bessie. Eugene
H., Martha J., Clara A. and Cyrenius A. Carl T., married Esther
Mosseman, of Benton county, and resides near Mount Auburn, Iowa; they
have one son, Frankie Thomas. Callie C., married Howard Catlin, a
farmer of Taylor township.