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Robert Hurd FAIRBAIRN, author of the Chickasaw and Howard County History, 1919.

He was born in Napanee, Ontario, Canada on October 9, 1842.  He arrived in Chickasaw County in 1872, after first spending time in Wisconsin and California.

At Nashua, Iowa he engaged in a law practice, became interested in newspaper work, and in 1884 he purchased the New Hampton Courier, which he owned and published for almost a third of a century.

He was very much interested in the politics and public men that left their mark on the history of the state of Iowa.  He represented the Fourth Iowa District in Congress 1883 - 1884.  Mr FAIRBAIRN never accumuated wealth but was always generous in extending a helping hand to others in sending young men and women to college or commerical schools.  With his knowledge of men, memory of events, his industry and his desire to procure results he has undertaken the preparation of his History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 497 - 498

Henry FAUST, Jr is the proprietor of the Forest View Stock Farm consisting of three hundred and forty-five acres, situated on Section 13, in Stapleton Township, Chickasaw County.  He was born in Palatine, Illinois on September 11, 1852, the son of Henry Faust Sr, (picture insert) a native of Prussia, Germany and Margaret WILLMAN born in Alsace, France.  After their marriage, they farmed on land that later became Palatine.

When the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad was built through that district,
some of the first trains killed a number of his cattle and they sold their farm.  He (Henry, Sr) removed to Iowa with three prairie schooners drawn by oxen and brought with him forty head of cattle, arriving in Chickasaw County on the 4th of July 1855.  From the government, he obtained 320 acres of raw land upon which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made.  The first habitation was constructed of poles covered with wild hay and during the winter of 1855-56, the cold was intense.  It was a memorable winter in the history of Iowa and the family suffered many hardships.

Henry FAUST, Sr died in 1888 at age 77 and Mrs FAUST died in 1893 at age 69.  Henry FAUST, Jr left home at age nineteen and went to Deerfield, Illinois, there working in a wagon shop.  His brother died two years later and Henry returned to operate the family farm with his sister Margaret FAUST, who are the only two living representatives of a family of seven children.  Neither has married and they keep house together; with having operated the farm for over forty-six years, they have now rented their land and are semi-retired.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 384 - 287

Christian Fisher, a farmer residing on section 21, Utica township, is one of the highly esteemed residents of Chickasaw county, everywhere spoken of in terms of warm regard. He was born in Winneshiek county, Iowa, August 4, 1853, and is a son of Christian F. and Elizabeth K. (Schenpp) Fisher, who were natives of Wurtemberg, Germany, where they were reared and married. They came to the United States in 1851 and traveled across the country, settling at Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek county, where they cast in their lot among its first residents. Pioneer conditions everywhere existed and the family met the hardships and privations incident to the establishment of a home upon the frontier. The father was a blacksmith by trade and in addition to his work at the forge followed farming, becoming owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land. He passed away at Fort Atkinson about 1884 and for a considerable period was survived by his wife, who died in 1900, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years.

Christian Fisher was reared on the old homestead and acquired a district school education. At the early age of twenty-one years he began farming for himself and for three years cultivated rented land at Little Turkey in Utica township. He then went to Wright county, Iowa, where he purchased a farm of eighty acres, remaining thereon for four years. When he sold that property he removed to Mower county, Minnesota, and bought eighty acres of land, which he further developed and improved for nine years, converting it into richly productive fields. He then sold his farm in that state and came to Chickasaw county, making investment in one hundred and sixty-five acres of land in Utica township, constituting a part of his present home place. In subsequent years he has added continuously to his farm, extending its boundaries from time to time until his holdings now aggregate four hundred acres in Chickasaw county. This is largely a tract of very fertile land and his energy and industry have made it a highly cultivated tract, producing very substantial harvests annually.

In February, 1875, Mr. Fisher was united in marriage to Miss Emma Leuenberger, a native of Ohio. Her parents emigrated to the United States from Germany and first took up their abode in Ohio, while in 1855 they established their home in Winneshiek county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher have become the parents of eight children, namely: Anna M., who is the wife of L. G. Cooney, of Stapleton township, Chickasaw county; Jerome H. and Louis F., who are engaged in farming in Utica township; Minnie E., who is the wife of William C. Kelley, of Jacksonville township, Chickasaw county; Joseph C., who follows farming in Utica township; and Grace E., Leo E. and Clarence, all at home. The last named served for one year and two days with the United States army in France as a member of Company K, One Hundred and Fiftieth Infantry, Thirty-fifth Division.

Mr. Fisher is an earnest republican in his political views and is recognized as one of the local party leaders. He was a candidate for the office of county supervisor in 1913, and while he made no canvass of his district, he was defeated by only two votes, his large support indicating his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and he belongs to the Congregational church, while Mrs. Fisher is of the Catholic faith. His position as a substantial and successful farmer of Chickasaw county is an enviable one. His life has been characterized by industry, by progressiveness and straightforward dealing and his prosperity is the direct reward of his earnest and persistent labor.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, pages 299 - 300

Rev B.H. FORKENBROCK, in charge of St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Hampton, Chickasaw County was born October 17, 1865 in Vienna, Iowa.
 At the age of twelve, he was sent to St Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended school through college.  On June 24, 1889, he was an ordained priest and on July 5, 1894, he drove (a carriage) into New Hampton from his prior assignment in Festina, Iowa, being obliged to make the drive on account of the great railroad strike of that year.

He splendidly organized the work of St Mary's Church and saw the church school expand rapidly from 1894 so that in 1908 additional buildings had to be built.  He served seven terms as president of the Catholic Mutal Protective Society of Iowa from 1906 to 1918.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, pages 78 - 81

Benjamin FRAZEE a native of Perry County, Ohio, was born June 11, 1828.
His wife, Mary S. MICHAEL was born in Carroll County, Indiana on December 30, 1845. Benjamin FRAZEE's father was James L. FRAZEE.
  Benjamin FRAZEE was a successful farmer, and also served many times as assessor, trustee and school director.  Benjamin died at age 85 on Feb 8, 1914.  His wife survived him until July 4, 1919.

Mr and Mrs Benjamin FRAZEE farmed five hundred and sixty-seven acres of fertile land in Chickasaw County.  They were the parents of James O. FRAZEE, born January 30,1871 and E.R. FRAZEE, born March 10, 1867.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 448 - 451