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Herbert A. Cole


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/10/2011 at 20:45:48

HERBERT A. COLE. This part of Iowa has proved a mine of wealth to thousands of industrious and earnest farmers, who by dint of hard work and enterprise have developed the resources which nature so liberally provided. Among these is the wide-awake, thorough-going agriculturist, Herbert Cole, who has all the push and energy necessary for a successful career. He was born in Carroll County, Ill., in 1856, to the marriage of Lyman and Emily Cole (see sketch elsewhere in this volume).

When but an infant our subject was brought to Grundy County, Iowa, by his parents, and as he has remained here for the most part ever since, all of his recollections are of this county. He attended the schools of Grundy Centre, secured a good, practical education, and when twenty-one years of age entered Shuler’s Bank, where he remained for six months. He then returned to the farm and continued to till the soil for one year, after which he decided to travel, with the intention of settling when a suitable location could be found. After visiting different states, he went to South Dakota and entered three hundred and twenty acres of land and proved up on one hundred and sixty acres of the tract. Not meeting with the best of success, he remained there only four years, and then traded land for a tract in Hancock County, Iowa, where he cultivated the soil for three years.

Returning to Grundy County, Mr. Cole began working on his father’s farm in Washington Township, where he has remained for the past three years, and is meeting with fair success in his calling. He still owns three hundred and twenty acres in Hancock County, Iowa. He rents half of it and uses the remainder as a pasture for his stock. He has control of three hundred acres of his father’s land and is actively engaged in stock-raising. Although still a young man, he has made his way to the front ranks among the energetic farmers of the county, and owing to the attention he has always paid to each minor detail, he has accumulated a fair share of this world’s goods.

In the year 1884 Mr. Cole selected his wife in the person of Miss Lida Hibarger, a native of Illinois and the daughter of Calvin and Elizabeth (Newcomer) Hibarger, prominent people of the Prairie State. This union has been blessed by the birth of three children, who are named in the order of their birth as follows: Lile, Carle and Dale. Mrs. Cole is a worthy member of the Baptist Church and is a most excellent lady. In his political views Mr. Cole is a strong advocate of Republican principles.

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