Charles G. Helming

Charles G. Helming

Charles G. Helming is one of the most prosperous and successful farmers and stock-raisers of Allamakee county and the Pleasant Grove Stock Farm comprises one hundred and eighty acres of fine land on section 1, Ludlow township, a visible evidence of his life of industry and thrift. He is a native son of this county and was born on a farm adjoining the one he now owns on the 27th of January, 1864. His father, Frederick W. Helming, was born in Germany in 1823 and grew to manhood in his native country, marrying there Miss Charlotte Kruckenberg. After the birth of their two oldest children they crossed the Atlantic to America, settling in Allamakee county, Iowa, in 1854. In Ludlow township Mr. Helming bought an eighty-acre tract of land and continued its development for a number of years, later purchasing property adjoining this place and becoming eventually the owner of one hundred and sixty acres. Upon this he built a fine residence, a good barn and convenient outbuildings and here he spent the remaining years of his life, dying on the property January 24, 1875. His wife survived him many years, passing away in 1900. They were the parents of five children: William, who grew to maturity and passed away in Allamakee county at the age of thirty-six; Emma, who died at the age of eleven; Minnie, the wife of Rev. H. Sill, a minister of the Reformed church and now located in South Dakota; Charles G., of this review; and Otto A.

Charles G. Helming was reared upon the home farm and there remained until some years after the death of his father, he and his brothers operating the property and becoming well known as breeders of Aberdeen Angus cattle, Percheron horses and Chester White hogs. Their partnership continued until 1903, when it was dissolved, Mr. Helming moving upon a property which he had purchased in the previous year and upon which he still resides. With characteristic energy he turned his attention to its improvement, remodeling the house, erecting a fine barn and installing the necessary equipment. He now has two well equipped barns upon the premises and in 1912 erected a silo with a one hundred ton capacity. The Pleasant Grove Stock Farm reflects everywhere in its neat and attractive appearance his careful supervision and competent management and is altogether one of the finest and most profitable agricultural properties in the section. Mr. Helming engages in general farming but is also extensively interested in stock-raising, keeping fine herds of Aberdeen Angus cattle and breeding also Percheron horses and Chester White hogs.

In 1891, at Newton, Jasper county, Iowa, Mr. Helming was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Silwold, who was born and reared in this state. She passed away in 1905, leaving three children: Harry Fred, a student in the Iowa State University at Iowa City; Marquerite; and Carl. In 1907 Mr. Helming was again married, his second wife being Mrs. L. Walter, who was born in Illinois, a daughter of Henry Winter, now a resident of Independence, Iowa. She was reared in her native state and at Independence married her first husband, by whom she has two children, Lawrence and Lois.

Politically Mr. Helming is identified with the republican party and has served for nineteen consecutive years as township clerk. He has also held various other positions of trust and honor and is recognized as a progressive and public-spirited citizen. He is known in business circles as the secretary and treasurer of the German Farmers Insurance Company and was one of the promoters and is now a stockholder and director of the Peoples National Bank of Waukon. He aided in the organization of the Cooperative Creamery Association of Ludlow and is at present a director in that institution. He and his wife are members of the Ludlow Presbyterian church. Mr. Helming served as chairman and treasurer of the building committee during the construction of the present church edifice and has always been an active religious worker. In the township where he has always resided he is widely and favorably known, his upright and honorable life having won for him the respect and esteem of all with whom he comes 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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