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Gustav Fredrick Ressel


Among the worthy representatives of farming interests that Germany has furnished to Allamakee county, is numbered Gustav Fredrick Ressel, who owns and operates a well improved farm of eighty acres, located in Fairview township. He was born in Silesia, Germany, January 24, 1863, a son of August and Eleanor (Pool) Ressel, who were likewise natives of Silesia. The father owned a small tract of land and engaged in farming in his native country, and he also was employed by others at various times. The parents spent their entire lives in Germany and both are now deceased.

Gustav Fredrick Ressel acquired his education in the schools of his native land, attending until he had reached the age of fourteen, when he began learning the carpenter’s trade. Believing that he might enjoy better business opportunities in the new world, he accordingly set sail for America in 1883. He spent abut eighteen months in Chicago,, working at his trade, and also worked at his trade in McGregor for about six moths after coming to Iowa. He then purchased his present farm, comprising eighty acres in Fairview township and from that time to the present he has given his attention to its further development. He is engaged in general farming and follows the most progressive ideas in his work, so that he is meeting with success. He also raises stock to some extend and this branch of his business adds not a little to his annual income.

Mr. Ressel established a home of his own by his marriage in November, 1893, to Miss Augusta Kegel, who was born in the province of Pomerania, Germany, July 22, 1863, the marriage ceremony being celebrated in Chicago. Her parents have always lived in their native land. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ressel has been blessed with two daughters, Catharine, who was born November 12, 1895, pursued a business course in the Dubuque Business College, and is now employed as a stenographer in that city. Mollie, born July 10, 1897, graduated from the same institution and is at home.

Mr. Ressel’s study of the political questions and issues of the day has led him to give stanch support to the democratic party, and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Lutheran church. He has never been active in political affairs and the only public office he has ever held has been that of school director. Possessing all the traits and characteristics of his German ancestry, he is withal loyal to American interests, for he has found here the opportunities he sought, and having availed himself of the advantages here to be found he is working his way upward to 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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