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G K Williams


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:04:04

G K Williams is to be accounted one of the most substantial farmers of Boone county, owning 115 acres on section 13, Beaver township. He has achieved local fame as stock raiser, giving particular attention to Shropshire sheep ad and Duroc Jersey hogs. The magnitude of his farm operations is indicated in the fat hat he always keeps about fifteen head of horses. G K Williams was born in Wisconsin in January 1861, and is a son of John T S and Jane Williams, more extensive mention of whom is made in another part of this work.
G K Williams was reared and educated in Wisconsin and Boone county, Iowa. He grew up under the care of his parents and when they left he farm he remained to take full charge. He has operated the same ever since. Mr Williams has 115 acres in his home place, which lies entirely on section 13 Beaver township. His buildings are substantial and kept well in repair, and he has installed the most modern farm equipment and machinery in order to facilitate labor. He gives particular attention to stock raising and has attained a wide reputation as a breeder of Shropshire sheep and Duroc Jersey hogs. He also farms in connection with the homestead 200 acres adjoining his farm on the south.
On February 3, 1897, G K Williams married Miss Margaret Rockwell, a daughter of James L and Mary E (Tattersall) Rockwell, natives of New York. The father was a blacksmith by trade and early in life went to Minnesota, where he remained until the war broke out. He enlisted and served for one year in a Minnesota regiment, being sent home at the end of that period on account of disability. He now makes his home with his children, his wife having died in June 1880. Mr and Mrs Williams are the parents of Helen J , John L and James T S Williams, who are respectively fifteen, fourteen and six years of age.
For several terms Mr Williams has served as township trustee of Beaver township and has proven himself in that office and among many other lines a progressive and loyal citizen. He is interested I moral and intellectual development as much as in material achievement, and, while he has earned a competency, he has been an important factor in the development of his section, particularly along agricultural lines. His political belief is that of the democratic party, and he is loyal in his support of its measures and candidates. He is a man who practices Christianity. Mr Williams has many friends in Beaver township and well merits the esteem and confidence which he enjoys.

1914 Boone County History Book


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