— An extensive and well-to-do agriculturist of Benton county, Fred
Tiedemann is prosperously engaged in his independent vocation on one of
the best improved and most desirable farming estates of Leroy township.
It has a fine location on section nineteen, and comprises four hundred
and sixty-five acres of fertile land under excellent cultivation, and,
with its comfortable and convenient set of buildings and their neat and
tasteful surroundings, invariably attracts the attention of the
passer-by. The descendant of a German family of stability and worth, he
was born, October 5, 1847, in Prussia, Germany. His parents, Henry and
Alice (Schultz) Tiedemann, spent their entire lives in the Fatherland,
and there reared their children, of whom but three are now living, as
follows: Fred, the subject of this sketch; Herman, living in Germany;
and Mrs. Minnie Niebuhr, a widow, residing in St. Clair township.
Reared on a farm, and obtaining a good common school education, Fred
Tiedemann remained in his native country until twenty years of age,
when, to escape being drafted into the army, he emigrated to the United
States, coming here in 1867. After spending a year in Baltimore,
Maryland, he migrated to Illinois, and worked in that state and in the
vicinity of Davenport, Iowa, for quite a while. In the meantime he had
the misfortune to lose one leg, being forced to have it amputated just
below the knee, crippling him for life. Although thus handicapped, Mr.
Tiedemann labored bravely, never once becoming disheartened, and has
proved himself one of the most competent farmers of this large state.
Locating in Benton county in 1878, he bought eighty acres of land in
sections 4 and 5, Leroy township, and in the two-room house standing on
the place began housekeeping all alone, and for four years kept up his
bachelor apartments, in the meantime carrying on his land. He succeeded
well in his undertakings, and as his means increased bought additional
land, becoming owner of two hundred acres of land in that vicinity. In
1893 Mr. Tiedemann purchased his present home farm of four hundred and
sixty-five acres, on section 19, and has made improvements of an
excellent character on the place. He is widely known as one of the most
practical and progressive agriculturists of the county, his six hundred
and sixty-five acres of land being all in a high state of culture and
Mr. Tiedemann married, December 14, 1882, Wilhelmina Kettler, who was
born in Germany and came to this country in 1879, at the age of
nineteen years, her birth having occurred April 13, 1860. Mr. and Mrs.
Tiedemann are the parents of seven children, namely: Alvina, wife of
William Peterman, of Leroy township; Fred; Albert; Amanda; William;
Elmer; and Delia. Politically Mr. Tiedemann is Independent, casting his
vote in favor of the best men and measures, regardless of party
prejudices. Religiously he and his family are members of the German
Lutheran church at Luzerne.