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FRANK A. KING, who follows farming near Oakford, was born upon his present place February 24, 1867. He is a son of Marshall J. and Eliza E. (Caldwell) King, who are represented elsewhere in this volume. At the usual age he began his education by attending the Oakford graded school, which he attended until about twenty-one years of age. It had been arranged that he was to pursue a college course, but his father thought that he had better return to the farm and he gave up his cherished plan. He now owns the old family homestead, comprising two hundred and eighty acres, and in all of his farm work he has displayed a comprehensive, practical spirit which has been a resultant factor in bringing him a good financial return.
Mr. King was married to Miss Amelia E. Schoneweis, September 26, 1889. Her parents, Chris and Sophia Schoneweis, are residents of Menard county. Both were born in Germany and came to America in childhood. They were married here and as the years have gone by her father has acquired considerable property. In recent years he has retired from farming, the income from his property being sufficient to supply him with all of the necessities and many of the comforts of life. He is a Republican in politics and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belonged. She died December 9, 1902.
In December, 1890, Mr. King removed to Missouri and secured a farm near Ethel, Macon county, along the Santa Fe Railroad. There he remained until 1893 when he returned to Illinois and took up his abode on the J. M. Johnston farm east of Atterbery, there residing for a year. On the expiration of that period he purchased the old family homestead in 1895 and has continued to make it his place of residence since that time. He has placed many improvements thereon and has added to the original purchase another eighty acres so that he has two hundred and eighty acres in one body. This land is well cultivated and the fields yield golden harvests in return for the care and labor he bestows upon them. The buildings are kept in good repair and an air of neatness and thrift pervades the place. Unto Mr. and Mrs. King have been born six children: Elsie S., born June 2, 1891; Marshall C., born July 28, 1893; Irving E., born June 11, 1896; Esther M., born March 21, 1899; Carl F., December 27, 1901; and Norma M., born October 12, 1904. The three older children are attending school in Oakford.
Mr. King is a Republican in his political views and is the present county commissioner for a three years' term. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife is also a member, and they take an active interest in the church work, Mr. King serving at the present time as one of its trustees. He also belongs to the Modern Woodman camp and to the Independent Order of Good Templars and his affiliation therewith indicates his position in regard to the liquor traffic. He is interested in all that tends to uplift humanity and to improve conditions of life for his fellow men and his example in this respect is certainly well worthy of emulation.