Joseph & Anna (Novak) Cole, 1940s-1950s


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Joseph and Anna (Novak) Cole sit in a backyard garden on wooden chairs. He wears a tie and trousers with no jacket, while she wears a dress. Behind them is a picket fence lined with bushes and other leafy plants.

Joseph Cole was born to Peter and Mary (Loder) Cole in 1859. Anna Novak was born in Bohemia, and migrated to Iowa with her parents. Joseph and Anna married in 1880 in St. Mary's Church in Iowa City. They had four sons: V.F. "Frank" (b. 1881), Fred (b. 1883), William J. (b. 1886), and Raymond (b. 1897).

Joseph Cole ran a horse powered threshing machine, which he operated north of Coralville. While in the area, he learned the Pete Russell farm was for sale, and purchased it. He moved his family to the 120 acre plot around 1892, where they lived in a log cabin as he built a dairy farm on the property. The Cole Northwestern Dairy delivered milk to Iowa City. Joseph also raised horses and ponies for sale.

In the mid-1920s, Joseph and Anna retired to Iowa City, and their youngest son Raymond took over the farm in Coralville. Anna passed away in 1950, and Joseph followed her in death five years later (Lovetinsky et al., p. 96).


Coralville Public Library. Coralville Digital History Library.


1940s- early 1950s


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Johnson County, Iowa


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