Silas Troendle

Silas Troendle

Allamakee county lost one of the most deservedly honored and most highly respected of its pioneer citizens when Silas Troendle was called to his final rest, May 5, 1900. He was at that time seventy-four years of age and practically his entire active life had been spent in this part of Iowa so that he was among its oldest residents, having been a witness of its growth and development since pioneer times. He was the broad prairies claimed and converted into productive farms, he saw the founding towns and the building of cities and witnessed the growth of the county as it became settled by a prosperous people. In all the work of progress he was an active participant and his well spent life, which would bear the closest investigation and scrutiny, gained him the unqualified respect and honor of his fellowmen.

Mr. Troendle was numbered among the many active, industrious and upright citizens whom Germany has given to the new work, for he was born in Baden, January 28, 1826, remaining in his native country until he had reached maturity. As a young man he emigrated to the United States and after working on a farm in Ohio for three years, came to Iowa, making his home with his brother in Makee township, Allamakee county, for a short time. Afterward however he purchased land of his own, buying one hundred and sixty acres on section 9, Center township, a farm which he continued to develop and improve until his death. When Mr. Troendle came to Iowa pioneer conditions prevailed everywhere and pioneer hardships and difficulties had to be met with and conquered. His own farm was a wild and unimproved tract, which he had to clear before the work of cultivation could be begun. Upon it he build a crude log house in which he and his family lived for many years, it being eventually replaced by a second log cabin which still stands upon the property, although it has been plastered and weather-boarded and made to look like a frame dwelling. After the work of breaking his land and opening up a new farm was completed, Mr. Troendle turned his attention to general farming and stock-raising and the years brought him prosperity as the reward of his close application and honorable labor. With confidence and courage he carried forward the work of development, building the necessary farm buildings and installing the needed machinery, keeping constantly in touch with the trend of agricultural progress and in time making his farm one of the finest and best equipped in this section.

Mr. Troendle married in March, 1860, Miss Anna Mary Kehr, a native of Germany, who when she was three years of age was brought to America by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kehr. Mr. and Mrs. Troendle became the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are still living: Frank S., a farmer of Center township; Anna Mary, the wife of William Hansmann of Waukon; Matilda, who married Christ Schach; William, who resides in Excelsior, Minnesota; George, who operates the old homestead; Elizabeth, who married Ferdinand Gruber of Lansing township; and Louisa, the wife of Gust Doehler of North Dakota.

Silas Troendle died upon the farm whereon he had so long resided on the 5th of May, 1900, and his passing deprived Allamakee county of one of the earliest and most worthy of her pioneers. He gave his political allegiance to the democratic party and although he never aspired to public office, served as road supervisor. He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic church and in his upright and honorable life exemplified the doctrines in which he believed. For many years he was closely associated with work of development and progress in this part of the state and he remained throughout his life an esteemed and loved resident of Allamakee county.

Mrs. Troendle survives him and makes her home with her son George, who is carrying on the work of the homestead, being today recognized as one of the active and progressive young farmers of this section. He was born on the farm which he now owns on the 30th of July, 1871, and acquired his education in the district school. For many years before the death of his father he managed the farm and after the latter’s demise purchased the interest of the other heirs and is now sole proprietor of two hundred and eighty acres of well improved and productive land. He is practical and progressive in his methods and therefore successful, his farm being one of the finest agricultural properties in the county.

George Troendle married, in Allamakee county, Miss Frances Rettinger, a native of Lansing township and a daughter of Christ and Catherine (Rehberger) Rettinger, the former of whom has passed away. The widow now makes her home in Lansing. Mr. and Mrs. George Troendle have five children, Silas L., Louisa Alice, Otto Harold, Carl Henry and George C. Mr. Troendle gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and is a devout member of the Catholic church. A practical and capable farmer and a loyal and upright citizen he has ably carried forward the work his father began and his excellent record is a credit to a name that has been honored in Allamakee county since pioneer times.

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

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