CHRISTIAN A. WEICHMAN,
is one of the enterprising and up-to-date young farmers of Fremont
township, Ben ton county, Iowa, where he was born July 31, 1872, son of
Henry and Mary (Schultz) Weichman, who were born and reared in Germany.
His mother landed in this country in 1854, after an ocean voyage of
forty-three days, and took up her residence in Pennsylvania, where, in
1855, she was united in marriage to Henry Weichman who had emigrated to
the United States in 1854 and was at that time employed in a coal mine
of the "Keystone State." In 1857 they came to Iowa and settled in
Marion, Linn county, where they remained until 1866. In January of that
year they moved to Benton county, where he bought wild prairie land in
sections 6 and 7 of Fremont township. Here he improved a farm and lived
until two years before his death, when he moved to Newhall and retired.
At the time he retired he owned nine hundred and twenty acres of land
in Fremont township. He died July 29, 1894, at the age of sixty-four
years, six months and nine days. His wife born at New Caliss,
Mecklenburg, Germany, September 20, 1831, died March 14, 1898. Of their
eight children five are now living: Mary W., John, Charles, Frank and
Christian A., all residents of Benton county. Mary W. is the wife of
Jacob Schlotterbeck, of Newhall. The deceased members of the family are
Henry, Josephine and Wihelmina.
Christian A. began life for himself at the age of twenty-one, equipped
with a district school education, a training on the farm, and eighty
acres of land given him by his father. He now owns two hundred and
forty-three acres, improved with first-class buildings, etc., including
a new and modern home, all built under his own supervision. He carries
on general farming and stock raising, each year fattening a number of
cattle and hogs for market. He is a director in the Atkins Savings
Bank. Politically he is a Democrat, and he is now serving his second
term as township trustee.
On November 26, 1908, Mr. Weichman married Miss Edith Dickson, who was
born in Fremont township, Benton county, August 20, 1877, daughter of
David D. Dickson, one of the respected citizens of this county, of whom
a sketch is given on another page of this volume. Mrs. Weichman is a
member of the Presbyterian church.