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Frank E. Cleverley


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Date: 3/2/2004 at 04:58:17

Frank E. Cleverley

The names of those men who have distinguished themselves in their communities through the possession of those qualities which daily contribute to the success of private life and to the public stability and who have enjoyed the respect and confidence of those about them, should be preserved. Such a one is Frank E. Cleverley, a progressive young farmer of Clear Creek Township, Jasper County.

Mr. Cleverley was born in Allamakee County, Iowa, January 30, 1875, and the following year his parents brought him to Clear Creek Township, Jasper County, which has been his residence ever since. He is the son of Jonathan and Jane (Owens) Cleverley, both born in England, the mother in Coventry; they now reside in the town of Collins, this County, the father being seventy-five years of age and the mother sixty-five. There were eight children in their family, four of whom are living, namely: Mrs. William Kimberley, of Clear Creek Township; Mrs. Maria Clapper resides in Oklahoma; J. H. lives in Indian Creek Township, Story County; Frank E., of this sketch. All these children were born in Allamakee County.

Frank E. Cleverley grew up on the home farm and was educated in the district schools. He was married in 1896, to Cora Maxwell, who was born near Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, March 4, 1875. She is the daughter of Henry and Irene (Snow) Maxwell, both now residing in Clear Creek Township. Their children are as follows: Alice, deceased; Oscar lives in Idaho; Mrs. Ida Galloway lives in Riceville, Iowa; Mrs. Frank E. Cleverley, of this sketch; Charles A. lives in Clear Creek Township; Mrs. Carrie Owen, of Clear Creek Township; Pearl lives at home.

To Mr. and Mrs. Cleverley four children have been born, namely: Charles, born January 7, 1897; Orville, born June 13, 1898; Ethel, born August 7, 1900; Agnes, born December 30, 1904.

Politically, Mr. Cleverley is a Republican and he takes much interest in local affairs. He is a member of the school board.

Mr. Cleverley has followed farming and stock raising all his life and he has met with a large measure of success. He is now the owner of a well-improved and well-tilled farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Clear Creek Township, and he has a pleasant and well furnished home, in which is to be found the best current literature and good books. He is a broad-minded, progressive gentleman who has not reached that stage where all his time is utilized in securing and hoarding the almighty dollar and he believes in the old adage, live and let live.

- source: Past and Present of Jasper County Iowa; Gen. James B. Weaver, editor-in-chief, B.F. Bowden & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1912; pg. 1116
- transcribed by Ernie Braida


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