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Arthur L. Fairbanks Jr.
Born January 15, 1860
Arthur L. Fairbanks, Jr., a successful farmer and prominent stockman of Castle Grove township, was born in Cass township, January 15, 1860, and is a son of A. L. Fairbanks, a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this work. He was reared upon the home place, where he worked with his father until 1882, when he was married. About the 15th of January, 1883, he located on the farm where he now resides, and which has since been the scene of his labors. It consists of two hundred and ten acres on section 35, Castle Grove township, is well cultivated and improved with buildings of a high grade which evince his progressive ideas in regard to his vocation. This farm, however, is but one of several tracts which Mr. Fairbanks owns, for he has one hundred acres on section 36, the same township, besides two farms, one of six hundred and forty acres—a whole section—in Adams county, North Dakota. The latter he purchased in 1906 from the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and regards as a good investment. In Castle Grove township he makes a specialty of the raising of Aberdeen Angus cattle, having a herd of ninety registered animals, headed by Ruby Buster. These have been exhibited in the Weeps Fair and if, the fair at Monticello, where they were the recipients of many honors, for Mr. Fairbanks has never spared any effort to improve his breed and secure the best quality of cattle. He is a man whose industry is a prime factor in his success and is recognized as one of the leading agriculturists of his township.
On the 22d of August, 1882, Mr. Fairbanks was united in marriage to Miss Maggie S. Black, who was born in Jones county, February 7, 1863, and is a daughter of T. K. and Susanna (Eberhart) Black, both now deceased. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fairbanks. Allen T., the eldest, secured a homestead in Adams county, North Dakota, in 1907. A. Ray lives in Cass township and a sketch of him appears in another part of this volume. Gladys M. is in the third year of her course at Cornell College, and Blanche B., the youngest, in the second year of her course at that institution.
Although on national issues Mr. Fairbanks invariably allies himself with the republicans, he is independent in his political views as regards matters of local concern and votes for the men and measures he believes best for the advancement of the highest interests of the community. He keeps well informed in regard to matters of popular concern, and for six years as trustee assisted in guiding the township along a progressive course.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 265.


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