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Below is a family biography included in History of Union County, Iowa published by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., in 1908.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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F. L. Stream, residing in Spaulding township, is one of Iowa’s native sons, his birth having occurred at Cedar Rapids on the 10th of June, 1869. His parents were S. A. and Elizabeth (Nesbitt) Stream, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. F. L. Stream spent the first eleven years of his life in the place of his nativity and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Adair county, remaining at home until he attained his majority. He was educated in the common schools, which he attended as opportunity offered, his time and attention being largely given to farm work during the summer months. He thus gained the practical experience which enabled him to successfully carry on general agricultural pursuits when he started out in business on his own account. Having attained adult age, he began farming on section 25, Spaulding township, Union county, where he now lives, having here one hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres two miles east of Creston, Iowa, and in connection with farming he imports horses from France, both stallions and mares, which he keeps constantly on hand for sale. He carries on his business as a dealer in horses at Creston and also on both of his farms, and is well known in this connection, being an excellent judge of fine horses.

Mr. Stream was married in 1893 to Miss Matilda Fugier, who was born at Corning, Iowa. Her parents were natives of France and are now living at Water Center, Kansas. Mrs. Stream attended Creston high school and for several terms successfully engaged in teaching. She fluently speaks the French tongue and when Mr. Stream goes abroad to France to buy horses he takes his wife with him to act as interpreter. She was one of a family of eight children and by her marriage has become the mother of three sons: Harry F., Frank E. and Sherman Lyle.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Stream has been a stalwart republican in politics. He belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge, No. 580, at Creston, and also the Elks lodge, No. 605, in the county seat. He and his wife support various Christian churches and are interested in much that pertains to the material, social, intellectual and moral welfare of the community. Mr. Stream is winning prosperity in his business and has become well known in this connection, deserving much credit for what he has accomplished in a business way.

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This family biography is one of 247 biographies included in The History of Union County, Iowa published in 1908.  For the complete description, click here: Union County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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