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Louis P. Weymiller


Not only is Louis P. Weymiller one of the most extensive landowners and prosperous farmers of Iowa township but he is also a worthy representative of one of Allamakee county’s most honored pioneers, the parents having located in this section of the state in 1854. He was born here two years later, a son of Frederick and Caroline W. Weymiller, natives of Germany, who came to the United States separately in 1846, both settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where their marriage occurred and where they afterward resided for six years. The father afterward spent two years in the California gold fields and then in 1854 came to Iowa, settling in Allamakee county, where he purchased land, continuing to engage in agricultural pursuits for many years and becoming the owner of three large farms. Eventually he retired from active business life and moved to New Albin, where seventeen years later his death occurred on the 12th of May, 1906. His wife survived him and made her home in this city until her death which occurred on the 28th of June, 1913, when she was ninety years, five months and seven days. In their family were six children: Eleanora, who died in 1885; Carrie, the wife of Robert Thompson, of New Albin; Louis P., of this review; August F., of Iowa township; Emma, the wife of Peter Yust, of St. Charles, Minnesota; and Frank, who resides near New Albin.

Louis P. Weymiller acquired his education in the little log schoolhouse, in which school was held in pioneer times, and when he laid aside his books turned his attention to farming, an occupation to which he had been reared. In 1879 he purchased land six miles beyond New Albin, in Iowa township, and upon this property he has since resided, having made substantial additions to it in the intervening years. The homestead now comprises six hundred and fifty-six acres and is well managed and well improved in every particular, its neat and attractive appearance evidencing the many years of care and labor which the owner has bestowed upon it. He owns in addition three hundred and twenty acres in North Dakota and two hundred and fifteen acres of island land in Iowa township and he is a director and stockholder in the New Albin Creamery.

In 1881 Mr. Weymiller was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Arndt, a native of Germany, who came to America with her parents when she was nine years of age. They settled in Minnesota, where the father continued to reside until his death, which occurred in 1905. His wife survives him. In their family were six children, of whom five are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Weymiller are the parents of eight children. The three sons are: Robert, who is married and lives on the home farm; and Fred and Louis, also residing at home. The daughters are: Lilly, at home with her parents; Martha, the wife of Lester Hoover; Carrie, who married Elmer Bailey; and Bertha and Laura, at home. Mr. Weymiller gives his allegiance to the republican party and has recently been elected township trustee, a capacity in which he is now serving with credit and ability. A lifelong resident of Allamakee county, he has become well known here and his is an excellent life record.

-source: Past & Present in Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Linda Earnheart

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