m. 3 Sep 1889
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Biography, Douglas County, Illinois
"FRANK E. LOOSE"S1
Frank E. Loose, one of the leading farmers and business men of the county, residing upon his farm in the north suburb of Tuscola, was born in the city of Springfield, Illinois, in the year 1859. He was reared on the farm and was educated in Springfield, his father's farm lying just south of the city.
His father, Jacob G. Loose, was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, just across from the Maryland line. He sank the first shaft in the vicinity of Springfield, on his own farm, mortgaging almost everything he had to accomplish this, and his venture was richly rewarded by finding a paying vein of coal. He became quite well to do, and died on his farm in 1874. Mary Elizabeth (Iles) Loose, his mother, was a native of Kentucky and a daughter of Washington Iles, who was a stock buyer and who was born in Kentucky and emmigrated to Springfield, Illinois where he lived until his death.
Frank E Loose located in Douglas County in about 1880, and on September 3, 1879, he married Miss Fannie, only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John M Madison. She died June 25, 1897. She was born in Tuscola and was nearly 35 years old at the time of her death. At the age of fifteen she united with the Christian church of Tuscola, in which denomination she was an active church worker throughout the rest of her life. When seventeen years of age she was united in marriage to Frank E. Loose, who survives, with their only child, Jennie, who is about fifteen years old and was the constant companion of her-mother. In 1898 Mr. Loose married for his second wife Miss M. Estelle, a daughter of Sylvester J. Faris, of Tuscola. Mr. Loose owns two hundred acres of valuable land adjoining the city of Tuscola, and also owns the business block now occupied by Warren & Murphy. About 1892 he joined the Christian Church and has been an officer in it ever since. He is the father of one daughter, Jennie Elizabeth Loos, who is now in college at Jacksonville. Mr. Loos and wife now reside in their beautiful home in the suburb of Tuscola where they are ever welcome to give a hospitable welcome to their many friends.
Biography, Boone County, Indiana
"FRANK E. LOOSE"S2
Agriculture has been the true source of man's dominion on earth ever since the primal existence of labor and has been the pivotal industry that has controlled for the most part all the fields of action to which his intelligence and energy have been devoted. In a civilized community no calling is so certain of yielding a compensatory return as that which is culled from a kindly soil, albeit the husbandman at times is sorely taxed in coaxing from Mother Earth all he desires or even expects; yet she is a kind mother and seldom chastens with disappointment the child whose diligence and frugality she deems it but just should be rewarded. One of those who have found a benefactress in Mother Earth is Frank E. Loose, one of the successful farmers in Worth township, Boone county, who is now living in honorable retirement. He has never found allurements for any kind of work outside the realm of Nature, and, having been a close student of the soils, the climate, the crops and all the phases that contribute to husbandry he has profited by his observation and always kept well abreast of the times as an agriculturist.
Mr. Loose was born in Springfield, Illinois, December 5, 1859. He is a son of Jacob G. and Elizabeth (Iles) Loose, the father born near Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and the mother in Bath county, Kentucky. Jacob G. Loose was a neighbor and close friend of Abraham Lincoln, and helped nominate and elect him President. In the latter state was also born Washington Iles, the maternal grandfather, who was one of the first settlers in Illinois, locating at Springfield when there was but a few hundred inhabitants there. Mr. Iles spent the rest of his life at Springfield. Mr. Loose was married and there he clerked in a store for five dollars a week. He finally bought an interest in the store, which was owned by a Mr. Hawley. Later he began buying land and was the first to start a coal mine in that locality, which mine lie finally developed, becoming an extensive land owner and coal mine operator, owning the Springfield Junction Coal Mines and was one of the substantial citizens there at the time of his death, November 4, 1874. His widow survived to an advanced age, dying February 12. 1908.
Frank E. Loose was reared on the home farm and educated in the common schools, also attended school at St. James College, Hagerstown, Maryland, for a time. He was an assiduous student and finally lost an eye as the result of close study. After his father's death, he operated the home farm until he was seventeen years old, and then was assistant superintendent of a coal mine until he was nineteen, remaining at home until his marriage on September 3, 1879, to Fannie R. Madison, who was born in Tuscola, Illinois, and was a daughter of John M. and Jennie (Rankin) Madison, natives of Cynthiana, Kentucky, and a highly respected family. Mrs. Loose was educated in the public schools. Three daughters have been born to our subject and wife, Jennie L., who married Wilbur Allen and lives with her father, and two daughters, both of whom died in infancy. The wife of our subject passed to her eternal rest June 25, 1897, and on July 27, 1898, Mr. Loose married Mary Estelle Faris, who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and is a daughter of S. J. and Drucilla (Rector) Faris, natives of Ohio. One daughter, Helen Louise, born May 29, 1902, was born of his second marriage. Politically, he is a Republican. He belongs to the Masonic order, both the Chapter and Conmiandery. He was formerly a member of the Christian church, but is now a Presbyterian as is also his wife.
After his marriage Mr. Loose lived one year with his mother, then moved to Tuscola, Illinois, spending a year on a farm near there, after which he went to Staunton and started a grocery store which he continued two years and sold out, returned to Tuscola and bought the farm he had lived on before and this he operated until 1902, when he purchased four hundred and thirty-nine acres in Harrison township, Boone county, Indiana. However, he then went to California where he spent a year, then came to Lebanon and lived there two years, after which he moved to his farm where he fed cattle and hogs, but rented his land out, later selling it. intending to return to California to make his future home. He finally purchased a home in Worth township, Boone county, and bought stock in the First National Bank of Lebanon, of which he was one of the principal stock holders until he sold his stock. He purchased a farm in Worth township of one hundred and thirty acres, later bought two hundred twenty-one and one-half acres in Center township, which he oversees but hires worked. He also owns valuable property in Lebanon, and he is now living in retirement at his commodious and attractive home in Worth township, three-fourths of a mile west of Whitestown. He has managed well, exercised keen business judgment and has accumulated a handsome competency.