Parke Buckley has the active supervision and management of a landed estate of five hundred acres, in section 19, Lodomillo township, and of this fine property - the splendid farm was accumulated and developed by his honored father - he owns through inheritance the major part, his personal holding comprising three hundred and sixty acres. On this model farmstead of the twentieth century Parke Buckley has resided from the time of his birth, which here occurred on the 10th of July, 1856, and the old homestead at that time was but a pioneer farm that was of far less extent than the present estate and that was in process of reclamation from the frontier wilds.
Mr. Buckley is a son of Franklin R. and Helen M. (Turner) Buckley, both of whom were born and reared in the State of New York and both of whom became honored pioneers of Clayton county, Iowa, the venerable mother being now a resident of the village of Strawberry Point, where she has maintained her home the greater part of the time since the death of her husband. Franklin R. Buckley established his home in this county in the year 1854, his purchase of the original homestead place in Lodomillo township having been effected in the preceding year. A man of high character and virile progressiveness, he achieved large and worthy success in his farm operations and at the time of his death, May 10, 1901, he was the owner of more than seven hundred acres of valuable land in Clayton county. He was influential in community affairs, as a leader in popular sentiment and action, and he commanded secure place in the esteem of the people with whom he came in contact in the varied relations of life. His political support was given to the Republican party and he supported the Congregational church, of which his widow has long been a devoted adherent. Of their six children the eldest is Sarah, who is the wife of Jesse F. Taintor, of Ripon, Wisconsin; Parke, of this review, was the next in order of birth and is the only son; Eva is the wife of Byron W. Newberry of Strawberry Point; Jessie is the wife of Miles Alderson, of Stanley, Wisconsin; Mary is the wife of James Alderson, M. D., and they reside in the city of Dubuque; and Helen remains with her widowed mother.
After having made good use of the advantages afforded in the excellent public schools of his native county Parke Buckley entered Iowa College, at Grinnell, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1881. He is a farmer and stock-grower. His political proclivities are indicated in his staunch support of the cause of the Republican party and he and his wife are members of the Congregational church at Strawberry Point, which place is their postoffice address.
The maiden name of Mr. Buckley's first wife was Nettie Williams, and she is survived by one daughter, Harriet, who is now the wife of Walter Hall, of Leroy, Minnesota. For his second wife Mr. Buckley married Miss Lucina Bixby, and no children have been born of this union.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to
the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 61-62
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