Fred J. Frost
FROST, COLE, DILLY
Posted By: Gail Meyer Kilgore (email)
Date: 3/29/2004 at 10:36:42
FRED J. FROST, a farmer on section 10, Palermo Township, Grundy County, was born on the 15th of September, 1862, in Boston, Mass. His father was Jacob Frost, and the family was probably founded in America in early Colonial days. His parents removed to Maine, and the greater part of his boyhood and youth were spent in Bridgton, that state. He was educated in its public schools and in the schools of Saccarappa, after which he entered upon his business career, being for the time employed as an engineer, in fact his energies were devoted to that work until hid removal to the west.
Severing his business connections in the east, in August, 1881, Mr. Frost started for Iowa, and made a settlement in Grundy County. Here he began to work for Lyman Cole, and was in the employ of Mr. Cole and others for about two years. In the spring of 1883, he removed to his present farm, which he had purchased soon after coming to the county. It had no improvements, but he at once began its development, and the land was soon transformed into rich and fertile fields. The improvements upon the place are all his own, and indicate to the passer-by that the owner has lived and industrious life. His home is comfortable and substantial residence, and his large barns are models of convenience, furnishing ample shelter for his stock and for his grain. His possessions now aggregate two hundred and forty acres, one hundred and sixty acres of which are located on section 10, while the remaining eighty acres are on section 11, Palermo Township. March 4, 1885, Mr. Frost was married to Miss Cora Dilly, a daughter of Levi Dilly, now a resident of Baton Rouge, La., but formerly an old settler of this county, where he served as Sheriff. The lady was born in Illinois. They have a little daughter, Gwendolin, now in her fifth year.
In connection with general farming, Mr. Frost has engaged quite extensively in stock-shipping for others, buying principally for the Boston market. He also raises Belgian horses, mammoth Kentucky jacks and Shetland ponies.
In politics Mr. Frost is a supporter of the Republican party, but he has never sought or desired the honors or emoluments of public office, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his business interest. A busy life, characterized by enterprise, diligence and good management, has won him a comfortable competence.
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