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Kubitz, Charles & family


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 1/18/2024 at 11:33:59

Charles Kubitz, who occupies a prominent place among the successful farmers of Jefferson township, residing in section 21, was born in Germany, Oct. 22, 1860, son of Ernest and Louisa Kubitz. He was but nine years when in 1869 he came with his parents to the United States, and the next four years of his life were spent with them in Dubuque, Iowa.

In 1873 the family came to Houston county, Minnesota, and bought a farm in Jefferson township. Most of the farms in those days, however, were but little improved, if improved at all, and could be bought cheaply - a necessary condition in the case of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kubitz, whose pecuniary resources were very limited.

On that farm the son Charles grew to manhood and became inured to agricultural labor, having little opportunity for attending school, and there he remained until 1879. Then, a young man in his nineteenth year, he went to Clay county, Minnesota, where he resided for about four years, doing farm work to some extent, and also working in a brickyard and for awhile being employed on the railroad.

After various wanderings, Mr. Kubitz returned to Jefferson township, Houston county, in 1890, and bought 240 acres of land situated four miles northwest of New Albin, Iowa, on which tract were some improvements, including a small house and barn. In the same year he established a home of his own, being united in marriage, Dec. 30, to Mary, daughter of Peter and Catherine Dehning, of Dorchester, Allamakee county, Iowa.

He has since more than doubled the size of his farm, having bought an adjoining tract of 245 acres, so that he is now the owner of 485 acres, of which land 160 acres are under cultivation, the rest being pasture and timber. In 1903, he erected a comfortable frame house, and has a good set of barns and outbuildings, which, together with the house, are lighted by electricity.

His farm is well equipped with all necessary machinery of modern type, and is well watered with flowing wells. In 1917 Mr. Kubitz rented it to his son Edward, and is now practically retired from active work, and resides at New Albin, Iowa.

Always a hard and persevering worker, Mr. Kubitz has reaped the reward of his industry, having amassed a fair competence and can now take his ease and watch the younger generation carry on the work which he and others like him initiated in the county under more difficult conditions.

During his active career he carried on stock operations somewhat extensively, and with good success, breeding high grade Black Aberdeen cattle to the extent of 70 to 75 head annually and about 75 to 100 Poland-China hogs per year. He is a stockholder in the Co-operative Mercantile Company and the Co-operative Stock and Grain Company of New Albin.

Mr. and Mrs. Kubitz are the parents of six children, as follows: Pearl, born Oct. 13, 1891, who is the wife of John Krock, of New Albin, Iowa; George, born Feb. 16, 1894, who was in the United States service, is now in the vulcanizing business at New Albin, Iowa; Edward, born May 11, 1895, now operating the home farm; Otto, born July 9, 1900; Florence, born Dec. 6, 1903; and Arlie, born Sept. 6, 1905, who are residing at home.

Mr. Kubitz and his family are members of the German Evangelical Lutheran church at New Albin, Iowa. Mr. Kubitz has always been a Republican in politics. As one of the influential and public spirited citizens of his township he takes a warm interest in whatever makes for its advancement along moral or material lines, and served for three years as a member of the town board. He and his family stand high in social regard.

~~The History of Houston County, Minnesota, 1919, H.C. Cooper, JR & Co., Winona, Minn.; Edited by Franklyn Curtis-Wedge, pgs 412-413 (transcribed by S. Ferrall from the book digitalized by Google). Biography included the photo of the Charles Kubitz family.


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