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Lucius J. Rose
Born February 2, 1863

An excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres located on sections 5 and 6, Hale township, pays tribute to the care and labor of Lucius J. Rose. A native of Jones county, Iowa, he was born in Madison township on the 2d of February, 1863, a son of Lucius K. and Elizabeth E. (Reynolds) Rose. The parents were both born in New York, the father being a native of Otsego and the mother of Cortland county. They were married in the Empire state and in 1854 came west to Jones county, Iowa, the father entering land on sections 31 and 32, Madison township. There they resided until 1887, in which year removal was made to Linn county, where they made their home for eight years. At the expiration of that period they returned to Jones county, locating in Olin, where they spent their remaining days. The father who had conducted a jewelry establishment in New York, took up agricultural pursuits on his arrival in Iowa, first entering one hundred and sixty acres and later purchasing forty acres, so that at the time of his demise he was the owner of two hundred acres of fine farm land. He passed away on the 7th of February, 1903, when seventy-six years of age, while his wife's death occurred in July, 1890, when sixty-eight years old. In their family were five children, namely: Cornelia, the wife of F. F. Burch, of Olin; Eliza M., the wife of M. E. Keller, of Cuba, New York; Lucius J., of this review; Electa A., who wedded Addison Barton, of Salem, Missouri; and Mary L., the wife of E. E. Myers, of Hale township.
Lucius J. Rose, whose name initiates this review, spent the period of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof, and with the exception of eight years spent in Mount Vernon, his entire life has been passed in Jones county. He attended the district schools of this county in the acquirement of his education, and when not engaged with his text-books he assisted in the work of the home farm, giving his father the benefit of his aid until he attained his majority. He then engaged in business on his own account, wisely choosing as a life work the occupation to which he had been reared. He has since been engaged in general farming and that he is winning a creditable degree of prosperity in his undertaking is probably due to the fact that he has concentrated his energies upon his agricultural pursuits and has not sought to enter other channels of activity. His present farm comprises one hundred and sixty acres of land located on sections 5 and 6, all of which is in excellent condition and responds readily and abundantly to the care bestowed upon it. The appearance of the place indicates that its owner is progressive and up-to-date in his methods and the success which he today enjoys indicates clearly the business ability and good management which he has displayed.
It was in 1896 that Mr. Rose was united in marriage to Miss May Freeman, who was born in Story county, Iowa, on the 9th of August, 1869, a daughter of H. C. and Ann (Patten) Freeman. Her parents were among the early pioneer settlers of Jones county who, after leaving the county for a time, returned in 1871 and have since made their home in Olin. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Rose has been blessed with eight children who are as follows: Nina Blanch, Marjorie M., Ronald F., Erma, Pauline, L. J., Jr., Roscoe and Hannibal C. In his political views Mr. Rose is a republican, although he does not seek nor desire public office as a reward for party fealty, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to the conduct of his business affairs. Having spent almost their entire lives in this county Mr. and Mrs. Rose are widely and favorably known here and have gained the warm regard and esteem of all with whom they have been associated.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 510.


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