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Louis F Fehleisen

FEHLEISEN

Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/15/2010 at 13:22:35

Louis F Fehleisen has important lumber interests at three places in Iowa, making his headquarters, however, at Boone, where he is well established in business. He is notably prompt, energetic and reliable, and he possesses a large measure the substantial quality of common sense, the lack of which is often the element that brings disaster or failure in business affairs. From a comparatively humble position in the business world, he has worked his way steadily upward, making his efforts count for the utmost and using his time and talents to the best advantage. He was born in Jasper county, Iowa, May 12, 1859, and is a son of William T and Catherine (Ludwick) Fehleisen, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Indiana. The father came to America when about then years of age and conducted business first as a carpenter and afterward as a contractor. For many years he resided in Newton, Iowa, and he passed away in September 1910, having for three years survived his wife, who died in 1907. They were the parents of five children: George W living in Madrid, this state, Bertha whose home is in Newton, Iowa, Louis F, Hester the wife of J A McCalment of Tariko, Missouri, and Estehr who died in infancy.
Louis F Fehleisen has been an active factor in business circles since reaching the age of sixteen years. He entered the employ of his father at that time and remained with him until he attained his majority. Thinking that he needed further educational training, particulary along the lines that would better equip him of the conduct of business, he went to Quincy, Illinois, where he entered the Gem City Commercial College, there pursuing the full commercial course, after which he was graduated with the class of 1881. Later he followed the carpenter's trade for a year and on the expiration of that period entered a bank in Marshalltown, Iowa where he remained for three months. He next went to Des Moines, where he engaged in the lumber business, and afterward was connected with the lumber trade in the northwestern part of the state. In the spring of 1888 he came to Boone and with is brother established the Boone Lumber Company. In 1897, he opened a yard on Tenth and Marshall streets. The busines has prospered from the beginning and as a result of his capable management, his enterprise and determination, Mr Fehleisen is now at the head of an extensive and profitable busines, which also includes yards at Ogden and at Berkly, Iowa. Today the business is conducted under the firm style of Fehleisen-Rosacker Lumber Company. He has never needlessly passed by the opportunities which surround all, but has worked peristently and energetically in order to win the advancement that is the goal of all who enter business circles. On October 1, 1884, Mr Fehleisen was married to Miss Sophie Achtemeier, a native of Wisconsin, and to them have been born six children: Bertha Carrie, the wife of R L Martin of Boone, Minnie Catherine at home, Vera Elizabeth, Bessie Lulie, Elmer E who is associatd with his father in the busiess, and Ruth Edna. Mr Fehleisent votes with the republican party and is well imformed concerning the vital questions and issues of the day, but has never been an aspirant for public office. The religious faith of the family is that of the Presbyterian church, to which they loyally adhere, taking active interest in its work and contributing liberally to its support. In social circles the family is widely and favorably known, and the hospitaltiy of the best homes of the city is cordially extended to them.

1914 Boone County History Book


 

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