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Wilhelm Wiemerslage


During his entire active career Wilhelm Wiemerslage has been engaged in farming in Allamakee county, and each year has brought him increased success in his chosen field of labor, so that he is today one of the leading representatives of agricultural interests in Iowa township, where he makes his home. He is one of the many sturdy, industrious and enterprising citizens whom Germany has given to America, his birth having occurred in the fatherland in 1868. When he was a young man he came with his parents to America, settling in Union City township, Allamakee county, Iowa, where the father purchased land and engaged in farming until his death, in 1886, the mother passing away some years later. To their union were born eight children, six of whom survive: Henry, who resides in Germany; Gerhardt, of Union City township; Wilhelm, of this review; and August, Frederick and George, all of whom reside in Union City township.

After his arrival in America Wilhelm Wiemerslage spent four years assisting in the work of the homestead, and in 1893 purchased land of his own in Union city township, where he developed a profitable and well improved farm upon which he resided until 1906, when he moved into Iowa township, where he has since made his home. Here he purchased two hundred and seventy-four acres of land two and one-half miles west of New Albin, and he has one hundred and thirty-five acres under cultivation, substantial harvest annually rewarding the practical care and labor which he bestow upon the fields. He has made excellent improvements upon the property which is today a profitable and productive one, and by many years of practical work and straightforward business dealings has made secure for himself a place among Allamakee county’s representative and prosperous agriculturists.

Mr. Wiemerslage married in 1893 Miss Emma Stehr, who was born in Wisconsin, a daughter of John and Katherina (Scheitle) Stehr, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in 1868 and subsequently settled in Union City township, where the father passed away in 1910, the mother still making her home upon the farm. In this family were six children, five of whom survive: William and Dora, who reside in Union City township; Emma, the wife of our subject; and Herman and Lena, also residing in Union City township. The deceased member of the family is August. Mr. and Mrs. Wiemerslage are the parents of five children: George, who is now residing in Nebraska and John Albert, Ella and Leo, all of whom reside at home. The family are members of the Lutheran Evangelical church.

Fraternally Mr. Wiemerslage is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and his is a democrat in his political beliefs, taking an active interest in public affairs, although never seeking public office. In the county where he has resided for a quarter of a century he is well and favorably known, his upright and honorable life and his high standards of business and personal integrity having gained for him the high respect, esteem and confidence of all who are associated with him.

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

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