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Alba M. Fairbanks
Born March 27, 1870
Alba M. Fairbanks, an enterprising member of the younger generation of Castle Grove's agriculturists, was born in Cass township, Jones county, March 27, 1870, and is a son of A. L. Fairbanks, Sr., whose sketch appears in another part of this volume. He worked upon his father's farm from the time he was able to hold the lighter farm implements until he became of age, when having married he was desirous of starting a home of his own. He then moved across the road front the homestead to the land on which he now resides. In 1900, he went to Knox, Benson county, North Dakota, to take up a government claim and after three years spent upon it, the time necessary to secure his possession of the three quarter sections he had chosen, he returned to Castle Grove township, where he has since devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. He owns one hundred and sixty acres here, separated from the home place by the township line, on which he pursued a diversified line of farming. His fields are well improved and through up-to-date methods of cultivation show no signs of diminishing fertility. He has made stock raising one feature of his operations while the fact that he has also planted about seven acres in fruit, indicates the varied character of his interests. In addition to his own responsibilities, with his brother he assists in the management of the three hundred and sixty acre farm which belongs to his father. Energetic and progressive, he has made a place for himself among the active men of the township and his success has secured their good will and approbation.
In 1891 Mr., Fairbanks wedded Miss Electa Stephens, who was born near Burlington, Iowa, and is a daughter of John and Helen (Clark) Stephens. Their union has been blessed with three children: Harry A., Helen and Lily, all of whom live at home.
Mr. Fairbanks is a strong supporter of the Presbyterian church in Castle Grove township, while in the exercise of his right of franchise he casts his ballot for the candidates, of the republican part . Indeed, he has evinced an active interest in political matters and in the local councils his opinion is accorded no small consideration. Fraternally he is connected with the Monticello lodge of the Modern Woodmen of America and among its members he has made many stanch friends, for he is a man who though successful in his own affairs is ever willing to exert himself in the behalf of those who are near to him.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 29.

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