Although more than a decade has passed since Theodore Roerkohl
has departed this life there are many who remember him as one of
the prosperous, progressive and representative agriculturists of
Waterloo township. He was a native of Germany, where he was born
in 1829, and in 1866 came to America, locating first in Ohio,
where he resided for two years. At the end of that time he came
to Iowa and five years later established his home in Allamakee
county, where he bought land and subsequently married. Throughout
his entire life he followed agricultural pursuits, but for a
period of six years he also operated a brewery in connection with
his farming. He was energetic, industrious and thrifty,
possessing in large measure those study characteristics of the
German race, and as the years passed his incessant labor and well
directed efforts were fruitful of good results, returning to him
a most gratifying measure of success. At the time of his death he
was the owner of two hundred and forty acres of highly improved
land in Waterloo township, three miles west of Dorchester upon
which his widow still resides at the age of fifty-eight years.
In 1877, in Allamakee county, Mr. Roerkohl was united in marriage to Miss Anna Wensing, who was born in Germany and came to America when a little maiden of one years, with her parents, who established their home in Racine county, Wisconsin. Shortly afterward, however, they removed to Iowa, where the father died. The mother and her children then went to Dakota and there the mothers death occurred. In their family were eight children, of whom four survive, Mrs. Roerkohl being the youngest of the living children. She received her education in the schools of Wisconsin and Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Roerkohl became the parents of eight children, all yet living, namely; Joseph, of Caledonia, Minnesota who married Tillie Schulte and has two children, Herold and Mary; Theodore, also of Caledonia, who married Therese Hill and has two children, Lionel and Howard; Bernard, who operates a portion of the homestead farm and who married, in 1907, Miss Anna Schulte, who by her marriage became the mother of one daughter, Bernadine; Henry, residing in Caledonia, Minnesota; Elizabeth, who married John Schiltz, of Houston county, Minnesota, and they have two daughters, Marcella and Helen; Mary, the wife of Ben Schulte, of Dorchester, Iowa, by whom she has two daughters, Veronica and Mary; Margaret, at home; and William, operating the homestead farm. All of these children received their education in the schools of Allamakee county. The family are communicants of the Catholic church, in the faith of which Mr. Roerkohl passed away in 1902, his remains being interred in St. Marys cemetery in Waterloo township.
In politics Mr. Roerkohl gave stalwart support to the democratic party, although the emoluments and honors of office held no attraction for him. All project, having for their object the welfare of the community, however, found in him a ready champion and he was public-spirited in large degree. He had passed the Psalmists allotted span of threescore years and ten ere departing his life, and with his demise Waterloo township lost one of it honored, representative and highly respected citizens.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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