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J. F. Tasker
Born June 3, 1863


J. F. Tasker, a well known farmer of Wyoming township, was born in this county, June 3, 1863, and is a son of William and Grace (Paul) Tasker. The mother was a native of Columbiana county, Ohio, and the father of Scotland. In his early manhood he came to the United States, settling first in Ohio, where he became acquainted with and married his wife. Shortly after their union in 1852, they came to Iowa, joining the band of those for themselves contributed to the development of the resources of that state. For a few years they lived in Linn county, where Mr. Tasker had procured land, and then came to Jones county, where they passed the remainder of their lives, save one year that of 1876, which they spent in North Carolina. When Mr. Tasker arrived in this country he was in limited circumstances, but he made the most of opportunities, so that when his death occurred, October 10, 1904, in his eighty-seventh year, he was in the enjoyment of a comfortable income. Mrs. Tasker, who shared with him the prosperity he attained, died August 13, 1903, being sixty-seven years of age. Eleven children were born to them: L. M., a farmer and stockman of this township; J. F., the subject of this sketch; F. P., who is in partnership with his brother L. M.; Mary C., who is the wife of L. W. Morse, of Wyoming township; Arnetta V., the wife of Frank Henderson, now living in Virginia; and six who have passed away.
T. F. Tasker received a fair education in the common schools of the county throughout his youth assisted his father in the work of the farm. Until of age he remained at home, and then, having attained his majority, he embarked in business for himself. For four years he worked as a renter and then bought the place on which lie is living today. It is a tract of one hundred and twenty acres on section 16, Wyoming township, on which he follows general farming, the soil being well adapted to a rotation of crops. The land is improved with buildings of substantial construction, while the fields are tilled by methods that are fully abreast of the most advanced in his calling, their appearance bespeaking, the careful cultivation of the owner.
In 1888 Mr. Tasker wedded Miss Minnie Bill, who was born in this county and is a daughter of Oliver and Mary (Faucet) Bill. The former was a native of New York state, but moved to Ohio where he became acquainted with the woman he later married. She was of English birth, but had come to America with her parents in early life. The family located in Ohio, which remained Mrs. Bill's home until sometime in the early '50s, when she and her husband came to Iowa. Mr. Bill has since passed away, and his widow followed him October 30, 1909. Seven children were born to them. Mr. and Mrs. Tasker have two children: Neil R. and Robert K.
Mrs. Tasker was reared in the faith of the Methodist church and to a certain extent still continues in sympathy with that creed. Politically Mr. Tasker is a republican, but while he has served as school director for a period of twelve years, he could not be called a seeker for official preferment. Yet he is ever interested in the welfare of his fellow citizens and is ready to exert himself in their behalf. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, being a member of Wyoming Lodge No. 183.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 641.

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