Sam Eisenla


Sam Eisenla, whose farm of one hundred and thirty acres in Waterloo township is one of the finest and best improved agricultural properties in Allamakee county, was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1855, a son of Balthazar and Catherine Eisenla, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Pennsylvania. In that state they lived for several years after their marriage and then spent two years in New York, after which they were for one summer in Ohio. From there they came in 1866 to Allamakee county, settling in Dorchester remaining there for two years. At the end of that time the father bought a portion of the farm now owned and operated by the subject of this review, purchasing first eighty acres and adding to his holdings from time to time until at the time of his death, in 1896, he owned one hundred and twenty acres. His wife has also passed away, her death having occurred in 1893. To their union were born two children: Louisa, the widow of John Peeper of Dorchester, Iowa; and Sam, of this review.

Sam Eisenla acquired his education in the public schools of Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, and studied for a time also in Iowa. He became familiar with all the details of farm operation through practical experience in assisting his father and when he was twenty-six years of age rented the homestead, upon which he has resided during practically all his life. In 1897 he bought the property, which then consisted of one hundred and twenty acres lying on section 12, Waterloo township. To this he has since added and owns today one hundred and thirty acres, ninety of which are in a high state of cultivation. Upon the property Mr. Eisenla has made substantial improvements, creating modern buildings and installing the necessary equipment, making it a very desirable property. He raises and feeds stock and has made this an important branch of his business, his animals commanding high prices and a ready sale upon the market.

In 1881 Mr. Eisenla was united in marriage to Miss Hilda Martin, who was born in Norway in 1864 and who came to America with her parents when she was nine years of age. They settled first in Winnesheik county and came from there to Allamakee county, whence in 1882 the parents moved to South Dakota where the father died in 1902, having survived his wife for some time. To their union were born four children: Mrs. W. D. Gillett, of Pennsylvania; Hilda, the wife of the subject of this review; Martin A., of Spring Grove, Minnesota; and Carl, who resides in Portland, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Eisenla have become the parents of six children: Bessie, whose birth occurred in 1882; Mabel, born in 1884; Belle, 1890; Frankie, 1894; Kathleen, 1898; and Minnie, who was born in 1902.

Mr. Eisenla is a stanch democrat and is interested in community affairs, especially in the cause of education, which he did much to promote during his term of service on the school board. Throughout his life he has been guided by high and worthy aims and he receives his reward in the esteem in which he is held by the entire community, of which he has so long been an honored resident.

-source: Past & Present in Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Linda Earnheart

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