|Fred J. Storm
Born March 3, 1865
||Fred J. Storm, a substantial and enterprising agriculturist of Jones county, is the owner of a well improved and productive farm of two hundred and fifteen acres in Madison township. He was born in Jackson county, Iowa, on the 3d of March, 1865, his parents being Fred and Dora (Ehlers) Storm, the former a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, while the latter's birth occurred in Schleswig Holstein, Germany. They came to the United States in young manhood and womanhood and eventually located in Jackson county, Iowa, where they were married. There the father took up the work of farming but was not long permitted to enjoy his new home, being drowned in the flood on the 17th of March, 1865, when his son, Fred J., was but fourteen days old. His widow afterward married Conrad Meyers, to whom she proved a faithful companion and helpmate until the time of her demise in April, 1907.
In his youthful days Fred J. Storm attended the common schools in pursuit of an education but his opportunities in that direction were somewhat limited, as his assistance was needed in the work of the home farm. He lived with his mother and stepfather until twenty-three years of age, when he secured a position with a horse breeder and for five years had charge of thoroughbred stallions. On the expiration of that period he was married and brought his young bride to Wyoming, Jones county, taking up his abode on a farm of one hundred and twenty acres adjoining the town. After residing thereon for six years he disposed of the property and purchased a tract of two hundred and fifteen acres of land in Madison township, to the cultivation and improvement of which he has since devoted his time and energies. He is thoroughly familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and planting the crops and has won a gratifying and well merited measure of success in his agricultural interests. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he also raises thoroughbred shorthorn cattle, all of his stock being of the best breeds. The prosperity which he now enjoys is all the more creditable by reason of the fact that it has been attained entirely through his own well directed and untiring industry, for he started out in life empty handed, wholly dependent upon his own resources for whatever success he might hope to achieve.
In 1893 Mr. Storm was united in marriage to Miss Anna Louisa Lucksted, of Clinton county, Iowa. Her father was John Lucksted, a native of Germany, who crossed the Atlantic to the United States late in the '50s. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Storm have been born five. children: Elmer C.; Ira C., who died August 18, 1909; Arnold F.; Mira D.; and Nora L. The four living are at home.
Where national questions and issues are involved Mr. Storm gives his political allegiance to the democracy but at local elections casts an independent ballot, supporting the candidate whom he believes best qualified for office. Both he and his wife are faithful and consistent members of the Lutheran church and are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community as people of upright, honorable lives.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 172.
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