Charles A. Fett


Charles A. Fett, one of the successful farmers and representative business men of Linton township, owns one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 33 and in addition to its operation is proving able and far-sighted in the discharge of his duties as director and adjuster of the German Fire Insurance Company in Allamakee county. He was born in Pomerania, Germany, November 19, 1857, and is a son of Frederick and Henrietta (Schroeder) Fett, also natives of that province, the former born March 13, 1836, and the latter, March 12, 1832. In early life the father worked in the employ of others and later was a successful administrator. He came to America about the year 1883 and settled immediately afterward in Monona, Iowa, making his home with his son, the subject of this review, who at the time lived in Clayton county, near Monona. In this family were six children, of whom Charles A. is the oldest.

The latter acquired his education in the public schools of his native country and when he was nineteen years of age began working at farming in the employ of others. In 1881 he left Germany and crossed the Atlantic to America, settling first in Chicago, Illinois, where he spent one year employed as a carpenter in a lumberyard. At the end of that time he came to Iowa and, settling in Clayton county, entered the employ of a farmer with whom he was associated for six years thereafter. He married at the expiration of that period and purchased a farm of his own near the village of Sixteen, Linton township, a property which he continued to develop and improve until March 1, 1904. He then disposed of his first farm and bought the one hundred and twenty acres on section 33, Linton township, upon which he has since resided. Here he carries on general farming and stock-raising and his well directed efforts have been attended with a gratifying measure of success. For more than nine years he has been connected with the German Fire Insurance Company as a director and adjuster in Allamakee county and he still holds these positions, discharging his duties in a capable and systematic way. He is in addition a stockholder in the Monona Creamery and in the Stock Shipping Association and his business ability is widely recognized.

On the 15th of December, 1887, Mr. Fett was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Kuester, who was born in Germany, May 6, 1868. They have become with the parents of ten children: Elizabeth, who married Michael G. Bending, a resident of Chicago; Arnie, who is at home; Lydia and Minnie, both of whom are employed in Chicago; Elsie, who is filling a position in McGregor; and Matie, Charles, Oscar, Alma and Lorena, all of whom reside at home.

Mr. Fett gives his political allegiance to the republican party and was for two years constable in this township and refused the office of justice of the peace. He is an enterprising and progressive citizen who takes a commendable interest in public affairs and during the period of his residence in Linton township has made a host of warm friends.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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