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Robert Bruce Flenniken
Mallory Twp.

Robert Bruce Flenniken, millwright and farmer, P.O. Colesburg, was a son of John N. and Elizabeth (Grooms) Flenniken, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Iowa in 1857, and died here. Robert B. was born in Greene County, Pa., Aug. 28, 1830, where he was educated and learned his trade. He came to Iowa in 1852, at twenty-one years of age, to assist in building a mill, but liking the country, after a return to Pennsylvania, he came to Iowa to permanently reside. In 1865 he purchased his present farm of 160 acres on section 28, and also owns another farm two miles distant, of like size, both being finely cultivated, and his home is one of the finest in the county for comfort and beauty of location. On March 27, 1856, he married Margaret, daughter of John and Milinda (Patterson) Brown, natives of Ireland and Pennsylvania, respectively. They came to Iowa in 1848, and died in Mallory Township. Margaret was born in Pennsylvania on Oct. 28, 1833. By the above marriage there are two children-- Mary Alice, born March 28, 1859, is the wife of Omar Hammond (they live with her parents), and John Franklin, born March 14, 1864. Mrs. F. and daughter are members of the Congregational church. Mr. F. is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Fraternity. He has held many of the township offices, and in 1872-'3 represented his county in the State Legislature; the session of 1873 was for the purpose of codifying the laws of the State, in which work Mr. F. evinced much skill and good judgment, coupled with much hard work, as his co-laborers can attest. Mr. F. devotes most of his time to his trade, building and furnishing grist-mills, putting in the Flenniken patent turbine water-wheel, which is the best wheel in use. He has opened an office in Dubuque, Iowa, in company with T. W. Graham, in connection with the Utter Manufacturing company of Rockford, Ill. and is doing a very large and profitable business. He has met with great success, and is one of the wealthiest citizens.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 917-918
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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