Christian Wintrick, identified with agricultural and
stock-raising interests in Allamakee county, is one of those whom
Switzerland has contributed to the citizenship of Iowa. He was
born in the land of the Alps on the 26th of April, 1876, a son of
Christian and Magdalena (Dramman) Wintrick, who were also born in
that country, the father on the 17th of March, 1838, and the
mother January 23, 1840. They came to the United States about the
years 1880, making their way direct to Iowa, where the family
located on a rented farm near Elgin. That remained their place of
residence for about eight years after which they came to Franklin
township, Allamakee county, the father here purchasing the farm
which continues to be their home. Here he gave his attention to
agricultural pursuits for a time but is now living practically
retired, enjoying a well earned rest.
Christian Wintrick, the third in order of birth in a family of six children, had not yet reached his fifth year when brought by his parents to this country, so the greater part of his life has been passed in Iowa. He attended school at Cherry valley and also at Elgin, while he received thorough training along agricultural lines under the direction of his father on the home farm. At an early age he began assisting in the work and as his years and strength increased his duties became more important and arduous, making his training along agricultural lines thorough and comprehensive. He remained at home, operating his fathers farm, until 1909, when, desiring to own a farm he purchased one hundred and ninety-three and a half acres on section 18, Franklin township, which continues to be his home. He engages in general farming and also gives considerable attention to stock-raising, being the owner of some high-grade cattle, horses and hogs. He is meeting with excellent results in his agricultural pursuits, his success being done to intelligently directed efforts, unflagging enterprise and progressive methods. He has other interests as well, being a stockholder in the Luana Creamery Company.
On the 24th of March, 1910, Mr. Wintrick was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hammon, who was born in Clayton county, Iowa, on the 5th of June, 1888, a daughter of Henry and Augusta (Wittenburger) Hammon, natives of Germany. Her father at one time engaged in farming, but is now living retired, making his home in Franklin township. In his family were ten children of whom Mrs. Wintrick is the ninth in order of birth. By her marriage she has become the mother of one child, Augusta Freda, who was born January 8, 1911.
Mr. Wintrick gives his political allegiance to the republican party and for three terms served as constable. His entire attention, however, is given to his farming interests, the careful supervision of which has ranked him among the prosperous agriculturists of his section.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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