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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


FRANK A. HUBBERT. In the career of this worthy resident of Scott County, is illustrated that of the self-made man, who commenced life without other resources than those which lay within him, and by a course of industry and prudence has secured a goodly portion of the world's belongings, together with the confidence and esteem of his fellowmen. He owns and occupies one of the best-regulated farms of township 15, range 12, located on section 20. Here he has 115 acres of land with a good residence, a good barn and the other buildings necessary for his comfort and convenience. He ranks among the leading German citizens of his community, and is a man whose word is considered as good as his bond.

The early home of our subject was in what was then the kingdom of Westphalia, and he was born April 7, 1829, in the village of Holten. In common with the youth of his native country, he received a thorough practical education, and when leaving school at the age of fourteen years, began an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade, and served three years. Later he worked as a journeyman, and in 1849 was drafted into the German army, and was employed largely around fortifications, and the building of bridges. When occasion required, he shouldered the weapons of war, and fought the Danes, engaging in several regular battles in Holstein, Jutland and other Provinces. After serving three years, he resumed blacksmithing in his native Province, where he lived until 1854. Then at the age of twenty-five years, not being satisfied with the outlook, he determined to emigrate to America. He secured passage on a sailing-vessel, the "New Orleans," at Bremen, and after a voyage of 115 days, during which they encountered severe storms, landed in New Orleans, and engaged two months at blacksmithing.

Our subject next made his way to this county, and in Jacksonville put up a shop which he conducted one year. He then removed to New Berlin, and next to Exeter, where he remained, however, only four months. We next find him at Murrayville, where he put up a shop and remained four years. His health now failing, he concluded to change his occupation and purchased seventy-five acres of land which is included in his present homestead. Later he added to it until he had 115 acres. The cultivation and improvement of this involved a great amount of labor, but he has now all but five acres in fertile condition. He built fences, put up a house and barn, and gradually added the other improvements naturally suggested to the enterprising and progressive farmer. His land is watered by Mauvaisterre Creek. In addition to general agriculture, he raises grain and stock, making a specialty of fine cattle and Poland-China swine. He employs two teams of horses on the farm, which is now the source of a comfortable income. The secret of his success has been good management at farm work, and following up the rule of living within his income.

Mr. Hubbert was married in Jacksonville, Jan. 8, 1860, to Miss Mary Stumborg, who was born in Hanover, Germany, and they are now the parents of six children, of whom, however, but three are living, Johanna, Clara, and Henry. The deceased are Mary, Louis, and Annie. Johanna is the wife of George H. Vannier, a farmer of Nebraska, near Milford, Seward County; the other two are at home with their parents. Mr. Hubbert, politically, is an uncompromising Democrat, and for years has been a School Director in his district, also Road Supervisor, and has served on the Grand Jury.

The father of our subject was Henry Hubbert, also a native of Westphalia and a general merchant. He spent his entire life in his native land, and died in 1853. He belonged to the Catholic Church. The mother's maiden name was Anna Lewe, a native of the same Province as her husband, and who also died there. They were the parents of eight children, viz.: Sophia, Eliza, Clara, Anna; John (deceased), Bernard, Frank, our subject, and Henry.

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