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Christof Sander


Chrisof Sander, carrying on general farming and stock-raising upon two hundred acres of land in Post Township, comprising one of the finest agricultural properties in the locality, is numbered among the earlier settlers in Iowa, his residence here dating from 1870. He was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 16th of January, 1849, and is a son of Juergen and Dora (Sander) Sander, also natives of that province. They never came to America. The father engaged in farming in his native country during all of his active life, owning a fine property of one hundred and sixty acres in Hanover.

Christof Sander spent his early childhood in the fatherland and attended school there for eight years. When he was sixteen years of age he turned his attention to farming, working at that occupation in the employ others until 1867, when he left Germany and came to America, landing in New York, May 1, of that year. He pushed immediately westward to Wisconsin and located in Sac county, where he worked upon farms for three years, coming at the end of that time to Clayton county, Iowa, near Postville. His capital at that time consisted of seven dollars. He obtained work as a farm laborer and as such continued for four years, after which he rented land for twelve years. During that time by the exercise of unremitting industry and practical economy he saved enough money to purchase a farm of eighty acres and to this he has since added from time to time, the place now comprising two hundred acres, all under a high state of cultivation. Success has steadily rewarded his well directed labors and his farm is today one of the finest in this section of Iowa, well equipped with modern buildings and machinery and reflecting in its excellent condition his many years of care and labor. Mr. Sander engages in general farming and stock-raising on an extensive scale, keeping hogs, cattle, sheep and horses. He is also interested in chicken raising and is a stockholder in the Farmers cooperative Store of Postville.

On the 16th of April, 1875, Mr. Sander was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Schultz, who was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, on the 30th of January, 1859, a daughter of Jochen and Katherine (Miller) Schultz, who came as pioneers to Clayton county, Iowa, but later removed to Winneshiek county, the father following farming. Both have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Sander became the parents of eleven children: George, who was born on the 24th of May, 1876, and is now engaged in farming in Franklin township; Emma, whose birth occurred February 13, 1878, and who married John Dederick, a farmer of Winneshiek county; Ida, who was born on the 12th of April, 1880, and is the wife of Charles Schute, a farmer in Clayton county; Otto, who was born September 14, 1882, and is a carpenter in Postville; Carl, who was born December 27, 1885, and is also engaged in carpentering in that city; and Konrad, born April 23, 1888 Walter, August 30, 1892; Esther, October 14, 1895; Mahala, January 5, 1897; Eldo, January 6, 1900; and Caroline, May 25, 1904.

Fraternally, Mr. Sander is affiliated with the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Modern Brotherhood of America. A resident of this part of Iowa for over forty years, he is well and favorably known, his business integrity, loyalty in citizenship and sterling qualities of character having gained for him the respect, confidence and esteem of all his associates. He is one of Allamkee county’s successful men and his prosperity is the more creditable to him since it has been gained entirely through his own energy, hard work and unremitting industry and is the result of many years of well directed and practical labor.

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

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