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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 927~


Frank R. Chittenden


A man who is now in the prime of life and usefulness is Frank R. Chittenden, farmer, of Smithfield township, Fayette county, and his influence as an honorable, upright citizen is productive of much good upon all with whom he comes in contact and therefore he is held in the highest esteem by is neighbors and acquaintances.


He was born in Orwell, Vermont, of sterling New England parents, July 18, 1864, but, leaving there when a child, and coming to Fayette county, Iowa, he grew to maturity and was educated in Smithfield township. He is the son of DeWitt Clinton and Adelia P. (Sheldon) Chittenden, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of St. Lawrence county, New York. They moved to Fayette count, Iowa, about 1858 and bought one hundred and forty-five acres of land in sections 4 and 9, Smithfield township. Returning to Vermont in 1862, they remained there until the spring of 1867, when they returned to Fayette county and made their home on the farm until the fall of 1888, when they moved to Fayette, where they live at present. Four children were born to them, of whom one died in infancy, Frank R. of this review, being the youngest.


The subject has always made his home on the farm. In 1902 he made a contract with his parents by which he secured the home farm, to which he added eighty acres, but later sold forty acres of that tract, owning at present one hundred and eighty acres, which he has kept well improved and on which he conducts a general farming and dairying business, handling some good grades of stock. The products of his dairy, owing to their superior quality, find a very ready market--in fact, he has been very successful with all lines of his chosen vocation, and he has a good home, the surroundings of his place being most pleasant.


Politically, Mr. Chittenden is a Republican and he has for some time taken more or less interest in local political matters, having held the office of township trustee for several terms, very faithfully performing his duties in this connection.  Fraternally, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.


On November 7, 1888, Mr. Chittenden married Anna B. Doughty, who was born in Ogle county, Illinois, January 28, 1867, the daughter of John and Hattie (Parker) Doughty, of Fayette county, Iowa, and this union has resulted in the birth of six children, Mabel I., wife of Isaac Paul, of Smithfield township, born July 10, 1890; Ralph R., born June 30, 1893, died April 6, 1908; Madge E., born June 21, 1895; Francis B., born October 27, 1902; Fernie, born November 5, 1904; DeWitt Clinton, born March 25, 1910.

~transcribed for the Fayette County IAGenWeb Project by Mary Aldrich


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