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FELL, Marion Albert


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Date: 3/29/2009 at 12:03:32

~ Source: Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa, by B F Gue, 1899, pp 545-546.

FELL, Marion Albert, of Garner, is a grandson of Jacob Fell of New Jersey. The father of Marion, Joseph D. Fell and his mother, Jane Christie, were married at Portage City, Wisconsin, July 11, 1859, and resided at Kilburn City, Wisconsin, where he was born May 26, 1860, and is of Scotch descent.

His parents moved to Hancock county, Iowa, in May, 1875, where they purchased a farm. He worked on the farm summers, going to school in the winter months. At an early age he established a loan and real estate business, under the firm name of Marion A. Fell & Company, which business he still conducts at Garner, Iowa.

He is a firm believer that the lands of the central and western states are as good an investment as can be found. He loans money extensively and invests heavily in real estate, buying half a township of land at a time. He has also invested in mineral lands in different sections. Mr. Fell has always been a republican in politics, frequently representing Hancock county in the district and state conventions. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America and Knights of the Globe.

Mr. Fell assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of Garner, Iowa, in 1892, and was elected a member of its Board of Directors. He was also one of the organizers of the State Savings Banks at Klemme, Iowa, and Goodell, Iowa. He had charge of the location of the Cedar Rapids, Garner & Northwestern Railway, and assisted in financing the enterprise to a successful termination. He also contributed, with the citizens of Garner, to the erection of a $40,000 court house, to be given to the county.

Mr. Fell was married October 15, 1887, to Mabel, the daughter of Lieutenant George W. Robinson and Jane Crabree Robinson. They have three children: Eva Jane, born October 18, 1889; Marion Vernon, born August 23, 1892, and Joseph George, born September 26, 1896.


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