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Francis Marion Glenn
Born October 26, 1858


Francis Marion Glenn, one of the progressive farmers of Jackson township, is a native of Jones county, having been born in the township where he now resides, October 26, 1858, a son of Joseph M. and Mary J. (Ireland) Glenn. The father was born in Madison county, Kentucky, March 19, 1834, his parents being Wright and Margaret (Bogg) Glenn, also natives of Kentucky, where they were reared and married. After their marriage Wright Glenn and wife went to Indiana and spent two and one-half years, when they decided to push on westward to Jones county, Iowa, and arrived here October 15, 1837, having made the journey with an ox team, as was the custom of the sturdy emigrants in those days. They located three miles west of Olin, where Mr. Glenn took up a claim. His death followed, however, in a year, and the family sold the claim and moved two miles southwest of their first home in Jackson township. Here Joseph M. Glenn remained on the forty-acre farm they secured until his marriage and for three years thereafter, when he removed to the farm which was his home for nearly forty-six years. He eventually became the owner of six hundred and forty acres, divided into three farms. Forty acres of this is yet timber land, but a large part of it was in bottom land, and is now very fertile and exceedingly valuable. In March, 1898, Mr. Glenn removed to Olin, which has since been his home, and he not only owns three houses there but forty acres adjoining the town. Later in life, the mother of Joseph M. Glenn returned to Kentucky, where she died in the city of Richmond. She had three children of whom Joseph M. was the eldest, the others being: Elizabeth Gates, now a resident of Smith county, Kansas; and Martin, who enlisted from Missouri as a soldier of the Civil war and died in the service of measles, which disease was very prevalent among the soldiers.
Joseph M. Glenn was married in the fall of 1855 to, Mary Jane Ireland, who was born in Indiana in March, 1837, a daughter of James Ireland. She came to Jones county, Iowa, with her parents in 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn became the parents of seven children: James W., who lives in Jackson township; Francis Marion, of this review; Margaret M. Houstman, who is now deceased; Rebecca Ann, who married John Glick, of Olin; Clara Viola, the wife of Tice Platner, of Jackson township; Jesse and Mary Jane, who are at home. There is also a grandson, Ralph Irwin Glenn, who has lived with his grandfather since he was six months old. He is now a clerk in the First National Bank of Olin and has been for the past four years. Mr. Glenn is a member of the United Brethren church, and is active in its good work.
Francis Marion Glenn, son of Joseph M. Glenn, remained with his parents until his marriage, when he began farming on his own account upon rented land. He then went to Olin, where he bought a dray business, but, losing his wife, he returned home for four years and then married again. Mr. Glenn then began farming upon eighty acres he purchased on sections 22 and 23, Jackson township, upon which he has made many improvements, and now has in process of construction a fine, modern farm house. He is an excellent farmer and is doing well, making his farm pay him a good interest upon his investment. He is a republican in political faith and has served as township clerk. The United Brethren church of Olin claims his membership, and he enjoys his association with it.
The first marriage of Mr. Glenn was celebrated October 26, 1886, Miss Eloise O'Brian, of Linn county, Iowa, becoming his wife. She was a daughter of John and Phoebe O'Brian, the former now deceased and the latter a resident of Springville. One son was born of this union, Ralph, now assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Olin. Mrs. Glenn died June 29, 1888. On September 22, 1892, Mr. Glenn married Susie Strickell, who was born in Cass township, May 14, 1868, daughter of William and Sarah (Nunn) Strickell, natives of England, where he was born July 16, 1834, and she was born January 19, 1832. Mrs. Strickell came to New Orleans when twenty-one, arriving in November, 1853, and her husband landed in New York city when a young man. They were married at Freeport, Illinois, and came to Jones county, Iowa, in a prairie schooner, in December, 1864. The death of Mr. Strickell occurred in 1886, but his widow survived him until November 5, 1906. By occupation he was a farmer. There were four daughters and three sons in their family. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn are the parents of five children, namely: Clinton, Alta, Hubert, Francis and Winnie.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 397.

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