|One of the practical enterprising and prosperous farmers of Jones county is Thomas Lister, who has spent his entire life in this locality, his birth having here occurred in 1868. His father, James Lister, who for twenty-one years was the chief mason of the state penitentiary, owned a fine-farm, which the family occupied, and at the old homestead Thomas Lister spent the days of his boyhood and youth, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist as he tills his fields and raises his stock. His literary education was acquired in the public schools and he was then qualified for life's practical and responsible duties. He chose as his life work the occupation to which be was reared and in connection with his brother Arthur, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume, be owns and operates what is known as the Ridgewood stock farm, consisting of four hundred acres situated in Fairview township about three miles west of Anamosa. This is one of the valuable farms of the kind, its soil being rich and productive so that good crops are annually gathered. Stock raising, however, is the main feature of the place and the brothers handle a large amount of fine stock annually securing for it a ready sale on the market.
On the 1st of January, 1900, Thomas Lister was united in marriage to Miss Marie Carper, a daughter of Asa and Amanda Carper, who are natives of Virginia. The death of Mrs. Lister occurred in 1904, when she was thirty-seven years of age. There was one child of that marriage, Margaret Louise, born February 11, 1904. Mr. Lister is a member of Anamosa, Lodge, No. 40, I.0.0.F., and is in sympathy with the basic principles and teachings of the fraternity. His political support is given to the republican party, with which he has been identified since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He has always lived in this county and his life of well directed energy and thrift has brought to him substantial success and made him one of the representative business men of this section.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, pp. 25-26.
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