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Frank J. WATOWA, a successful farmer of Shannon Township, Atchison County, was born in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, October 3, 1854 and is a son of Joseph and Catherine Watowa, natives of Austria, who emigrated from their native land to Wisconsin where they resided until 1860 when they came to Missouri, locating in Buchanan County. About 1870 the family came to Atchison and located on a farm in Shannon Township where his son, Joseph H. Watowa now resides. The father died in 1895. Frank J. Watowa is one of a family of seven children, born to Joseph and Catherine Watowa, as follows: Mary, Henry, Joseph H., Mollie, Earnest, Paullina and Frank.

Frank J. Watowa was married in 1879 to Miss Anna FALK, who died in 1885, leaving three children, as follows: Mary, the wife of Antone LUTZ, of Lancaster Township; Josephine resides in Colorado springs, Colo. and Anna, deceased. On June 24, 1892, Mr. Watowa was united in marriage to Amanda SMITH and four children have been born to this union, as follows: Sarah, Frances, Frank and Lawrence.

Mr. Watowa is one of the extensive farmers of Atchison County. He has 280 acres of land, nicely located and very productive. In 1895 he built a handsome stone residence, which is one of the finest farm homes to be found in the county. Politically he is a Democrat and he and his family are members of the Catholic Church. He is a progressive and public spirited citizen and one of the substantial men of Atchison County.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, April 2002

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