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William H. Selberg


Allamakee county numbers among her progressive and substantial farmers and her successful native sons William H. Selberg, who owns and operates a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 18, Jefferson township. He was born in Ludlow township, March 20, 1868, and is a son of Henry Selberg, a native of Germany, who remained in that country until he was fifteen years of age. He then crossed the Atlantic with his parents and after his arrival settled in Wisconsin, where he grew to maturity. His marriage occurred in that state and he later moved to Iowa, buying one hundred and sixty acres of land in Ludlow township, this county. Upon this he continued to reside for a number of years, carrying forward the work of improvement and development until his death.

William H. Selberg, is one of a family of seven children. He was reared upon his father’s farm and educated in the Ludlow township district schools. From his childhood he assisted in the operation of the homestead and for a time managed it in partnership with his brother. However, in February, 1901, he purchased the farm upon which he now resides, this property comprising one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land on section 18. He has repaired the building and remodeled the house, has fenced the entire place with woven wire, and has made many other substantial improvements, adding materially to the value and attractiveness of this property. In addition to general farming he engages also in stock-raising, keeping fine herds of shorthorn and polled cattle and raising also Chester White hogs and high-grade horses and sheep. For the past fifteen years he has operated a model sanitary dairy and milks at the present time from fifteen to twenty cows. The dairy products are sold to the Farmers Cooperative Creamery Company of Waukon, in which he is a stockholder.

Mr. Selberg married Miss Lisette Straate, who was born and reared in Jefferson township, and they have become the parents of two sons, Elmer C. and Leo H. Mr. and Mrs. Selberg are members of the German Reformed church of Waukon and are people of exemplary character, holding the respect and high esteem of all who know them. Mr. Selberg is independent in his political views, supporting always men and measures which he deems most worthy without regard to party lines. He has remained a resident of this community from his birth to the present time and enjoys an enviable reputation as an enterprising agriculturist and a representative citizen.

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

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