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William Paulson


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/15/2010 at 14:15:28

An excellent farm of 100 cares on section 16, Amaqua township, is the property of William Paulson and the improvements found thereon are evidences of his life of well directed energy and thrift. Today his is one of the finest improved farms in the county. He has always lived in this section of the state, his birth having occurred in Boone, January 20, 1875. His parents, George and Anna (Cook) Paulson, were native of Germany and on coming to America estblished their home in Boone about the year 1871. The father engaged in teaming and also worked in the brewery for some time, but afterward turned his attention to general agriucltural purusits, renting a tract of land whereon he engaged in farming. He operated his first place until 1887 and then purchased 150 acres in Amaqua township. Prosperity attended his in this venture and as his financial resources increased he added to his property from time to time until he now owns 290 acres on sections 9 ad 16. He improved this place in notable manner, erecting two sets of buildings, adding all modern equipemtns and securing the latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields. He continued to operate the farm until 1904, when he lost his wife in death, and then retired. He is still residing on the old home place with his son at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife was sitxty-three years of age when she passed away.
William Paulson was reared and educated in Amaqua township, the public schools affording him his educational privileges. His training at farm work was thorough and bourght to him a knowledge of the value of industry, economy and deteremination. He remained with his paretns until he reached the age of twenty-three years and then purchased his present farm, becoming owner of 100 acres on section 16, Amaqua township. With characteristic energy he took up the task of developing the place and today has one of the finest improved farmsi n the county. His home is an attractive residence, commodious and modern style of architecture. There are good buildings for the shelter of grain and stock and everything about the place indicates his careful supervision and progressive methods. Stock-raising is a leading feature of his place, and he makes a specialty of handling thorougbred Hereford cattle, Belgain horses and Chester White hogs.
In September, 1897, Mr Paulson was united in marriage to Miss Anna Bielfeldt, a daughter of Henning and Catherine (Peters) Bielfeldt, who were natives of Germany and on coming to America in 1866 settled in Clinton, Iowa. the following year they removed to Boone county, where Mr Bielfeldt purchasd land in Amaqua township, which he improved and cultivated utnil 1898. He then retired from farm life and established his home in Ogden, where he has resided until his death, which occurred March 27, 1908, when he was sixty-eight years of age. His widow survives and now makes her home with Mr and Mrs Paulson at the age of seventy-two years. Three children have been born to Mr and Mrs Paulson: Edward, sixteen years of age, and Wesley and Leslie, twins, ages fourteen.
The religious faith of the family is that of the German Lutheran church and they are interesetd in all that tends to promote the moral as well as the material progress of the community. In his political views Mr Paulson is an earnest republican, well versed on the questions and issues of the day, and he is now serving for his fouth term, or eight years, as assessor of Amaqua township, the duties of which he has ever discharged with promptness and fideltiy, his official career reflecting credit upon himself and proving entirely satisfactory to his constituents. As one of the native sons of Boone county he is well known, having spent his entire life, covering thirty-nine years, within its borders.

1914 Boone County History Book


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