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Delaware County, Iowa


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Frank G. Larrabee





       Frank G. Larrabee, one of the representative agriculturists and worthy native sons of Delaware county, owns a valuable farm embracing two hundred and twenty acres on sections 14 and 24, Richland township. His birth occurred on the 10th of June, 1863, his parents being Alford and Susan (Patterson) Larrabee, who were natives of Ohio. They came to Iowa in 1854 and made their way direct to Delaware county, the father entering forty acres of land in Richland township, which he improved. Here they spent the remainder of their lives and became widely known as esteemed and substantial residents of the community.

     To them were born eight children, five of whom still survive, as follows: Chloe, who is the widow of George Arbegust, of McGregor, Iowa; Annie, the wife of L. J. Dunton, of Lincoln, Kansas; Gilman, who is now a resident of British Columbia; Fred L., living in North Dakota; and Frank G. of this review. The last named acquired his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof until twenty-three years of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. Subsequently he cultivated a rented farm for six years and on the expiration of that period purchased a tract of one hundred acres of land on section 14, Richland township, which he has operated continuously and successfully since. He has added to his original purchase, now owning two hundred and twenty acres. He carries on general farming and also makes a specialty of dairying, stock-raising and feeding, meeting with excellent results in all of his undertakings.
       In 1886 Mr. Larrabee was united in marriage to Miss Harriett E. Clark, a native of Delaware county, Iowa, and a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wharton) Clark, both of whom were born in England. Her father came to this country when twenty-five years of age, while her mother was brought to the United States when but three years old. Their marriage was

celebrated in Delaware county, this state, and here they spent the remainder of their lives.  They became the parents of twelve children, eleven of whom still survive, Mrs. Larrabee being the sixth in order of birth. To our subject and his wife have been born two children: Beulah Belle, born November 4, 1891, who is a graduate of the Manchester schools, also pursued a college course at Des Moines and is now engaged in teaching; and Belvah Mae, whose birth occurred on the 9th of September, 1898, and who is attending school.
       Mr. Larrabee gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is now serving as a trustee and has also been justice of the peace, making a highly creditable record in these connections. Both he and his wife attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church, and Mr. Larrabee was formerly identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. They have always lived in this county and have won an extensive circle of warm admiring friends.




~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 228-230. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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