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Frank L Forlow
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Birth: Oct. 31, 1858
Defiance County
Ohio, USA
Death: 1927
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

A history of Jasper County, Missouri, and its people, Volume 2 By Joel Thomas Livingst

Frank L. Forlow - A native of the great state of Ohio, which was not so very long ago on our far western border, byt is now in the eastern quarter of the country, and which has almost rivaled Virginia, "the mother of states and of statesmen," in the number of presidents it has given to the American republic. Frank L. Forlow, of Webb City, is a fine representative of the enterprise, progressiveness and all-conquering daring of the people of that illustrious commonwealth. He was reared to manhood on its soil, began his education in its public schools and imbibed its very spirit by long and intimate connection with its institutions and association with its citizenship.

Mr. Forlow's life began in Defiance county, Ohio, on October 31. 1858. He is a son of Amos and Eliza (Myers) Forlow, the father a native of Butler county, Ohio, and the mother of Berks county, Pennsylvania. The father has followed farming from his youth and is still engaged in that interesting and independent pursuit in Defiance county in his native state, although he is now living in the city of Defiance and is practically retired from the excessive labor of the farm.

Frank L. Forlow grew to maturity on his father's farm and attended the district schools in its vicinity. After completing their course of study he passed four years at the Northwestern University, and was graduated from that institution in 1878. He then taught school in his native county five years, and while doing so studied law with a view to realizing his great ambition for a professional career. At the end of the period mentioned he gave up teaching and entered a law office in Defiance to complete his preparation for admission to the bar. In that city he was admitted to practice in 1885 and at once began devoting himself wholly to professional work.

He conducted a successful and increasing practice in his native county for a period of nine years. By the end of that time the region around him had become well settled and highly developed, and he longed for a newer territory, with its hopes and possibilities largely yet in embryo, and its opportunities still awaiting seizure and use. He therefore determined to come to Missouri, and in 1894 he became a resident of this state, locating in Jasper county and Webb City.

The law was still the idol of his longings and he has never abandoned it. On his arrival in Webb City he immediately sought admission to the bar of this county, and he has ever since been occupied busily in an active general practice in the courts of this state and those which adjoin it on the west and south. His practice is large and steadily increasing, and has included some of the most important cases in this part of the country. In fact, Mr. Forlow is one of the leading lawyers of southwestern Missouri, and is employed in every case he can find time to take.

It can easily be inferred that his professional duties have been extensive and exacting. But he has not allowed them to absorb all of his time and energy. He has also been interested in mining, and is so at the time of this writing the year 1911. He has been very successful in his professional activities, for he has shown in them ability of a high order. His mining operations have also been fruitful and responsive to his hopes, for they have been conducted with judgment and governed by prudence and foresight. In every department of his industry Mr. Forlow has shown himself to be master of the situation with all its powers and opportunities in his control. The people all around him accord him the first rank in the legal profession, and they also hold him in esteem as a very capable, enterprising and successful business man.

Mr. Forlow has always taken a very active interest in public affairs. In political thought and action he is allied with the Democratic party and has made himself by his energy, zeal and efficiency in its service one of its leaders and most potential forces in his part of the state. He has served as chairman of the Jasper county Democratic committee, and in that position has displayed a capacity for organizing and enthusing the rank and file of his party that has been of great benefit to it. He was for six years also one of the leading and most active members of the school board, and as such he was effective in raising the standard of the schools and greatly augmenting their usefulness.

All matters of public improvement in his city and county have had his earnest and helpful support and felt the force of his resourceful mind and quickening hand. In fraternal life he has long been a member of the Order of Elks, and in religious connection has for years belonged to the Episcopal church. His lodge and his church are looked upon by him as highly useful moral agencies and he gives them his close attention and renders them every assistance in his power in the good work they do.

On September 18, 1885, he was united in marriage with Miss Ida M. Harmany. a native of Rock Island, Illinois. Her father, W. S. Harmany, came to Missouri and located in Joplin in 1877. Soon after his arrival he founded the first machine works in Joplin and for many years was in active control and management of them. He is still a resident of that city, and one of its most esteemed citizens.

Thank you to contributor Webb City Mo for the above information.
Family links: 
  Amos Forlow (1833 - 1913)
  Elizabeth Meyers Forlow (1833 - 1905)
  Ida M Harmany Forlow (1865 - 1966)
  Frank L Forlow (1858 - 1927)
  Adelia Lucinda Forlow Otis (1868 - 1915)*
  Edward A. Forlow (1870 - 1954)*
  Amanda E. Forlow Hilbert (1873 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
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Frank L Forlow
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