A native of Pomerania, Germany, Ferdinand Kuester came to this
country about thirty-five years ago and now has for many years
resided on his valuable farm of one hundred and thirty-three
acres in Linton township, which he has brought to a high state of
cultivation. He was born in 1858 and is a son of Ferdinand and
Albertina (Kuester) Kuester, both native of Pomerania. The
brother, Charles Frederick, also resides in Linton township. The
parents came to this township in 1882 and here bought a farm upon
which they resided until their deaths, the mother passing away in
1893 and the father in 1906.
Ferdinand Kuester attended the schools of the fatherland but when twenty years of age gave vent to the desire to cross the ocean. He came to America, making his way to Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand for about eight years. He then resided with his father for some time, the latter having arrived in this county four years after the arrival of our subject. At the end of that time he purchased his fathers farm and has resided thereon ever since. He now operates one hundred and thirty-three acres, all of which is under a high state of cultivation, returning to Mr. Kuester a gratifying annual income.
On November 29, 1900, Mr. Kuester was untied in marriage to Miss Minnie Schlitter, who was born in the province of Pomeranic, Germany. To this union were born five children: Emma, whose natal day was December 3,1901; Clara Born June 3,1903, Ida, December 29, 1905 Ruben, September 13, 1908; and Mary, October 9, 1911. The stepfather of Mrs. Kuester is August Schlitter, who was born in Pomeria, Germany, November 23, 1847. He married the mother of Mrs. Kuester, Minnie Timenich, who passed away in 1879.
Mr. Kuester is a member of the Lutheran church at Watson. Politically he is a republican, staunchly upholding the principles and candidates of that party. Although he is interested in all matters of public questions he has never aspired to office, preferring to devote his whole time to his private interests. He enjoys in a large measure the esteem and regard of his neighbors for what he has accomplished and those qualities of his mind and character which have made possible his success.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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