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Frank Zamastil
Born January 3, 1872
The John Zamastil Family.

Frank Zamastil, a young man whose personal history is inseparably interwoven with the agricultural development of Jones county, Iowa, by reason of his life residence and substantial work toward the further improvement of this locality, was born in Oxford township, one and one-half miles south of his present farm, on the 3d of January, 1872. His parents were John and Annie (Beranek) Zamastil, both of whom were born in Bohemia. The father was born in December, 1846, and came to the United States when he was twenty years of age, while the mother of our subject was born December 25, 1852, and accompanied her parents on their emigration to this country in 1856. They were married in Jones county and since the death of her husband in May, 1907, Mrs. Zamastil has made her home with her son Frank in Oxford township. She was married twice and Frank, having lost his own father when very young, took his step-father's name. He has two half-sisters; Annie, the wife of Frank Pawelka, of Oxford township; and Julia, who married John Sazama, also residing in Oxford township.
Born and reared in Jones county, it was here that Frank Zamastil received his education in the district schools and, eager to learn the more practical lessons taught in the school of experience, he early became familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of a boy reared on a farm. Choosing this field of labor as his life work, he studied the best methods of tilling the soil and the rotation of crops and purchased the most modern machinery that, with the least expenditure of time and labor, would enable him to obtain from his farm a most substantial income each year. That his persistent efforts along this line have been rewarded is indicated by the fact that he is now the owner of a good farm containing two hundred and fifty- five acres and situated on sections 3, 10 and 11. It is well improved in every way, has good buildings for the shelter of grain and stock and in its neat and attractive appearance reveals the spirit of the owner to whom all the credit is due for the improvement made and the well kept condition of the place. In addition to general farming he also engages to some extent in stock raising and, being a man still young in years, ambitious and industrious, a bright future is undoubtedly in store for Mr. Zamastil, who is now numbered among Jones county's progressive agriculturists.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 112.


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