Biography of Frank F. Loose

Frank F. 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 emigrated to Springfield, Illinois, where he lived until his death.

Frank E. Loose located in Douglas county in about 188o, and on September 3, 1879, he married Miss Fannie, the only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John M. Madison (see sketch). She died June 25, 1897. She was born in Tuscola, and was nearly thirty-five years old at 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 F. 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 child, a (laughter, Jennie Elizabeth Loose, who is now in college at Jacksonville. Mr. Loose and wife reside in their beautiful home in the suburb of Tuscola, where they are ever ready to give a hospitable welcome to their many friends.



Gresham, John M. Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois Logansport, Indiana: Press of Wilson, Humphreys & Co. 1900.

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