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Francis Marion Bolle


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:24:40

Francis Marion Bolle, who was born in Douglas township, Boone county, May 18, 1866, has always been a resident of the county. After completing his common school education he turned his attention to farming and been quite successful in this occupation. His parents, Louis and Elizabeth (Jenkins) Bolle, were among the pioneers of Boone county, making the overland trip to Swede Point in 1851. The father became the owner of what now is known as the Samuel Bryant farm and which is adjacent to Madrid and was successful as a farmer. He was born in Germany, June 23, 1831, and died in Madrid, February 18, 1909. His wife, a native of Indiana, is residing in that city. In their family were six children, all of whom were born and reared in Douglas township. They are: Josiah of North Dakota, William of Perry, Iowa, Mrs Mary Jane Eversole of Kansas, Francis Marion of this review, Henry Scott of North Dakota, and Mrs Hattie Edith Biggs of Irvington, Kossuth county, Iowa.
Francis Marion Bolle owns a farm comprising 120 acres of choice land on sections 27 and 28, Garden township. He has always followed the most up to date methods and by his labors has substantially contributed toward the agricultural development of Boone county. His land is plated to the most suitable cereals and by incessant labor and judicious management he has secured a competency. He resides in a pleasant and handsome home which is the hospitable meeting place of the many friends he and his wife have made in Boone county.
On January 29, 1895, Mr Bolle married Miss Martha Ann Hamman, who was born in Polk county, July 8, 1870. She came to Douglas township with her parents in 1875. Her father, Amos Hamman, was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, March 16, 1839. He enlisted for service with the Union army in the Civil war and father a gallant record was honorably discharged. Subsequently he came to Iowa and located in Polk county, south of Maxwell, where he operated a farm for a number of years. He is now residing in a comfortable home in Madrid. He comes of an old American family and several of his direct ancestors were soldiers in the Revolutionary war. The mother of Mrs Bolle, Susanna Jane (Butler) Hamman, was born in Illinois, October 2, 1843, and died in Garden township July10, 1911. She bore her husband five children all of whom are living. Mrs rather Ann Bolle, born July 8, 1870, George Franklin, born Sept3eber 6, 1872, of Madrid, Milo Gideon, born January 29, 1874, of Nebraska, Zoe May who was born August 15, 1879, and is a cashier of the Madrid State bank, and John Jacob, whose birth occurred October 4, 1881, and who resides in South Dakota. The three eldest children are natives of Polk county and the two younger were born in Boone county, where all were reared. The Hammans are accounted among the most successful and prominent families of their neighborhood.
Mr and Mrs Bolle have one daughter, Laura May born June 15, 1900, who is attending school. They stand high in the esteem of their community ad enjoy the respect of all who know them Mr Bolle has many friends in Douglas township who have known him form his early youth and are appreciative of his high qualities of character. Mr Bolle is public spirited, although he has never actively entered politics. He is a republican and in full accord with the principles of that party. He supports all community enterprises of value and has done more than his share in promoting the general welfare.

1914 Boone County History Book


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