|J(ames) F(rank) Waggoner
Born February 26, 1866
|The farmer of today dominates the situation in Iowa because he holds the balance of power. There are three million more Americans engaged in farming today than in manufacturing and mechanical pursuits, and Iowa is one of the states that contributed many agriculturists to the United States. One of the throughly modern farmers of Jones county is J. F. Waggoner, of Jackson township, who was born in that township on his father's homestead, February 26, 1866. He is the son of Charles and Mary (May) Waggoner, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work, and the second in order of birth in their family of four children.
Until he was twenty-eight years of age, Mr. Waggoner resided with his parents, but he then married and located on his present farm. This property consists of one hundred and twenty acres of farming land on section 22 and eleven acres of timber land on section 32, Jackson township. On this farm he has built a substantial residence, commodious barns, and made many other improvements which give comfort to his family and enable him to care for his stock and machinery. Experience has taught Mr. Waggoner the value of specializing and he is now raising Poland China hogs to the extent of fifty head annually.
The marriage of Mr. Waggoner occurred in 1883, when he was united with Carrie Luella Bills, who was born in Jackson township, May 5, 1867, daughter of D. B. and Emma Bills of Anamosa. Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner are the parents of two children, namely; Stanley and Harold.
The success which has come to Mr. Waggoner has not been gained by any unusual methods but through the close application of his natural ability and knowledge of farming which he has obtained from his father. He has known how to develop his land and make investments pay, and consequently is now enjoying the results of his years of labor, although still in the very prime of life and filled with ambition for future achievements.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 306.
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