J Benjamin Frise
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/22/2010 at 21:28:36
J Benjamin Frise has been an important factor in the agricultural development of Boone county, owning 80 acres of choice land on section 22, Garden township, which farm is highly improved, bespeaking by its appearance the efficient methods which are employed in its cultivation. Mr Frise was born in Kendall county, Illinois, December 18, 1864, and when ten years of age came with his parents to Boone county in 1874 the family locating on the farm where he still resides. His parents were John and Evalina (Kenniseon) Frise, the former born in Prince Edward Island, October 29, 1835 and the latter a native of Vermont. The father moved to Illinois in 1842 and in 1874 came to Boone county, settling in Garden township, where his wife died. He now resides in Madrid.
In their family were the following children: Ida Arvilla, who was born August 23, 1859, and died on October 17, 1869, William H who was born February 2, 1861, and passed away April 16, 1863, Mrs Ella Lundahl who was born November 26, 1862, and is now a resident of Garden township, J Benjamin of this review, Charles who was born January 9, 1866, and lives in Arizona, Minnie M who was born arch 12, 1868, and died March 7, 1871, Harry who was born September 29, 1872, and resides at Sheridan, Wyoming, Mrs Grace Carlson who was born December 17, 1873, and lives in Story county, Iowa, Roy who was born April 23, 1876, and died September 4 of the same year. Mrs Irene Carlson who was born August 25, 1878 and makes her home in Canby, Minnesota, Mrs Lulu Bullington, who was born December 25, 1879 and lives in Madrid and Blanche who was born December 2, 1884, and also resides in Madrid. The four eldest children were born in Illinois and the remainder in Boone county.
J Benjamin Frise attended school in Illinois and Garden township, this county. He early began to assist his father with the work of the homestead farm, becoming thoroughly severed in efficient agricultural methods. His 80 acre farm son section 22, Garden township, is one of the most profitable in the neighborhood and there Mr Frise follows the most modern and up to date methods. His buildings are kept in good repair and his land is plated to the most suitable cereals and vegetables. His years of labor have brought him prosperity and he ranks today with the substantial citizens of Garden township.
In 1889 Mr Frise was married in Boone county to Miss Tillie Soderlund, who was born in Madrid, January 1, 1868. There she attended school and grew to womanhood, having ever remained a resident of that locality. Her parents, Jonas and Bertha Soderlund, were natives of Sweden. Her father died in Garden township in 1882. He was married in Wisconsin and had eight children, six sons and two daughters, Lewis of Garden township, cultivating the Soderlund family homestead, E J of Madrid, C J also a resident of that city, Hanson, who died November 21, 1913, Andrew of Slater, Iowa, Mrs J Benjamin Frise, Mrs Mary Alsin who died in Slater, Iowa and William who died in infancy. The five eldest were born in Wisconsin and the younger ones in Garden township, this county, where all were reared. To Mr and Mrs Frise there daughters have been born: Ethel May who was born May 2, 1890 and resides with her father, Stella who was born in 1892 and is also at home, and Mrs Ruby Frisk. All were born on the old homestead in Garden township and attended the common schools in the neighborhood. Mrs Frisk was also a high school student at Slater. The mother died in Garden township, sincerely mourned by her many friends, who recognized in her a woman of rare qualities.
Mr Frise gives his vote to the republican party. For a number of years he served as clerk of Garden township and for fifteen years has been a member of the school board. He belongs to the congregational church, attending in Garden Prairie, and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America in Slater. He has always taken a deep interest in public affairs and has done much toward promoting progress and advancement. He stands high in the community, receiving the esteem and respect of all who know him.
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