Fred L. H. Gericke


Fred L. H. Gericke, whose operations along agricultural lines are proving highly successful, is the owner of two hundred and twenty acres of land in Franklin township, Allamakee county. He is one of Iowa’s native sons, his birth occurring in Clayton county, near Farmersburg, on the 13th of September, 1878, his parents being John and Mary (Klinge) Gericke. He was reared to agricultural life early becoming familiar with the tasks that usually fall to the farm lad. In the acquirement of an education he attended school in Marion township, Clayton county, and later was a student at Wesgrove, Post township, this county. At the comparatively early age of seventeen years he left school and began working as a farm hand in the employ of neighboring farmers, in the meantime, however, continuing to reside with his parents. Thus he continued until his marriage, when desiring to engage in agriculture of his own account, he purchased a farm and began its operation. From the very first he has been successful and is now the owner of a fine tract of land of two hundred and twenty acres, twenty acres of which are in timber. The remainder of the tract is all under cultivation and has been highly developed, owing to the careful supervision and progressive methods of Mr. Gericke. General farming and stock-raising fully occupy his time and attention although he is interested as a stockholder in the farmers store, the Postville Creamery and the Canning Factory.

It was on the 26th of March, 1907, that Mr. Gericke was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Heins, who was also a native of Clayton county, born April 7, 1889, a daughter of William and Minnie (Lange) Heins. The father was born near Clayton Center, March 5, 1863, while the mother’s birth occurred in Germany, July 24, 1866. The father has been a lifelong farmer and at an early day became a landowner in Clayton county. He has resided on his present farm since 1887 and is still active in its operation, devoting his entire time and attention to general farming and stock-raising, although in the past he has held various local township offices. His daughter Lucy was the second in order of birth in a family of four children, and in early life attended the Springfield school, near Postville, in the acquirement of her education. By her marriage to Mr. Gericke she has become the mother of two children, Milo W. J. And Clinda M. L., the former born on the 14th of April, 1908, and the latter on the 22d of May, 1910. The family are members of the Lutheran church of Postville, and Mr. Gericke gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He has never aspired to any office. Although he is public-spirited in a large degree, preferring tat his political service should be fulfilled as a private citizen rather than as a public servant. Manifesting, from the very beginning of his business career those traits- energy, industry and perseverance- that seldom fail to accomplish gratifying results, he has won for himself an excellent place among the younger generation of agriculturists of Franklin township, while the honorable principles which he has ever followed in his relations with his fellowmen have won for him the confidence, respect and good-will of all with whom he has come in contact.

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

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