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Frank D. Bayless, IA 1840-1920
Posted by: Barbara Ribling (ID *****5969) Date: May 30, 2010 at 17:30:28
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I am searching for the parents and ancestors of Franklin Davis BAYLESS, b. 1840 in IN, d. 1920 in CA. He lived for much of his life in Elkader, Clayton Co., IA. He served in the IA senate. He was a noted druggist for many years. Here is his Obit:

“Postville Herald”, Postville, Clayton Co., IA, Friday, March 12, 1920. Front page.

Frank D. Bayless Dies in Los Angeles

Word was received by R. N. Douglass of this city yesterday announcing the death of Frank D. Bayless at Los Angeles, Calif., March 8, 1920. Many of the early settlers of Postville will remember Mr. Bayless as prominent in business affairs and as a leader and promoter in the political arena in Clayton county. His home was at Elkader, where he conducted a drug store, and during his period of prosperity became a senior partner in the establishment of seven additional drug stores. Here in Postville he established a drug store, succeeding Noel W. Stiles, in the building now occupied by the Northern Iowa Produce company. Later R. N. Douglass became a partner in the business and the firm erected the brick building on the corner of Green and Lawler streets, Mr. Douglass late becoming the sole owner of the business.

Mr. Bayless was born in Pendleton, Indiana, in 1840. At the age of 13 years he came to Iowa. In 1855 he moved to Minnesota, returning to Indiana in 1856 where he attended school for two years. In 1858 he returned to Minnesota and was employed upon a farm, taught school, and studied medicine. At this period of his life came the call to arms to preserve the nation from its enemies. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. C, 2nd Minnesota Volunteers, and was discharged for disability in 1862. In 1863 he re-enlisted in Co. B, 3rd Minnesota Volunteers, serving in the Mississippi Valley and Arkansas campaign. He was discharged in 1865, having served his country in a very creditable manner.

At the close of his military service he located at Elkader, Iowa, where he established himself in business, proving a factor not only in a successful business, but in the manipulation of political affairs of his country.

Mr. Bayless was, in 1863, united in marriage to Miss Harriet Dresser of Postville. There were three children born to this union, Charles D., Fred N., and John R., the mother and boys surviving the father, also a sister, Mrs. N. A. McFaul of Los Angeles.

In his youthful days Mr. Bayless was an abolishionist, opposing the slavery propaganda. He joined the republican party and in 1872 he broke away and became an active and energetic worker for the success of the democratic party with which he affiliated up to a few years ago when he cut loose from the party ties and was quite strong in an attitude of independence. He represented Clayton county in the state senate for eight years.

There were noble and manly traits of character in Frank D. Bayless. Very many young men have abundant reason to remember him with gratitude. Not one of the partners in his business relations but were started on a successful career through a thorough training he inaugurated for them. He aimed to do good in the world. If he erred it was due to a miscalculation rather than upon any overt act of his own.

His remains will arrive in Elkader on Saturday, and the funeral will be held on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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