WILLIAM J. DOERZMAN, a farmer of LeRoy township, Benton county, was born in Iowa county, Iowa, September 16, 1875, son of Michael and Freda (Parsell) Doerzman. Michael Doerzman was born in Germany, in 1839, and now lives in Iowa county; his wife was born in Germany, in 1843, and died in 1897. They were the parents of five children, all of whom survive, namely: Henry, of St. Clair township; Anna, wife of Andrew Kuck; William J.; Mary, wife of Albert Vogt, of Iowa county; and Ella, wife of Otto Grevatz, of Iowa county. Mr. Doerzman came to the United States when a young man, locating in the colonies of Iowa county. He married and engaged in farming where he now lives.
William J. Doerzman was reared on a farm and received a common school education. He remained with his parents until his marriage, and then engaged in farming in Linn county, Iowa, on one hundred and twenty acres of land which he had acquired. He sold his farm here, and in 1905 purchased his present home in section 12, LeRoy county. He purchased one hundred and sixty acres, paying the good price of one hundred and twenty dollars per acre. He has put his land into good shape, and has now a model place, with all modern conveniences. He is an energetic, intelligent farmer, and has the respect and good will of his neighbors. Politically Mr. Doerzman is a Democrat. He is now serving as township trustee. He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church.
Mr. Doerzman married, March 1, 1900, Anna Paul, born in Iowa county, Iowa, June 19, 1879, daughter of William and Ida (Behler) Paul. William Paul was born January 7, 1840, and his wife December 25, 1854, both natives of Germany, and now living in Linn county, Iowa. Mr. Doerzman and his wife have three children, Lucy, Wilma and Lloyd.