L W Adix
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/21/2010 at 15:18:14
For many years L W Adix successfully followed farming in Yell township Boone county, but he now lives retired in the city of Boone in the enjoyment of a competency which he has well earned. He was born in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, March 4, 1833, and is now in the eight-second year of his age. He is a son of John Jacob and Friedericka Elizabeth (Schmidt) Adix, both natives of Mecklenburg. The father was a wagonmaker by trade and established himself independently in that line of business. He died in 1842, at the age of forty-five years, his widow surviving him until her death, which occurred when she was seventy-two years of age. Of their chilren two died in infancy the others being: Sophia, who married in Germany and subsequeintly came to the United States, locating in Austin county, Texas, where she passed away, Mary who married Gottlieb Days, residing in Dane county, Wisconsin, Dora who marreid Daniel Fitzgerald, of Boone both having passed away, L W of this review and Frank who resided in Boone county for many years and died here.
L W Adix was but nine years of age when his father died. He attended school until fourteen and then learned the trade of marble worker in Mecklenburg. At the father's death the mother was left with six children and our subject greatly assisted her in rearing the family. In 1854 they decided to emigrate to America and sailed from Hamberg, Germany, to New York on a sailing vessel, the voyage taking nine weeks. They at first lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a short time and then removed to Madison, that state, Mr Adix turning his hand to any honest labor which he could find to do. In October, 1865, the family arrived in Boone, Iowa, where he established himself as a builder and contractor of houses, engaging in that business for about three years. He then married and in 1869 bought a farm in Yell township, comprising 80 acres. He set himself immediately to the work of placing his land under cultivation and so prospered in his affairs that he subsequently added one tract of 40 and another of 80 acres to his holdings. There he farmed for thirty years, bringing his fields to a high state of productivity and erecting substantial and modern buildings. He was a leader in agricultural pursuits there and largely contributed toward the development of his section. In 1900 he retired from active life and removed to Boone to enjoy a well earned competency.
In Madison, Wisconsin, Mr Adix married Miss Fredericka Krogman, who was born in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. November 13, 1841. She was thirteen yeras of age when she came with her parents to the United States and grew to womanhood in Madison. Her father, Louis Krogman, was a shepherd in Germany, where he married Louisa Schmidt. he was a man well along in years when he emigrated to American and his death occurred in Madison, Wisconsin. He and his wife had the followig children: Minnie, who married Levi Carp and died in Madison, Christain who was also married and died near that city, and Mrs Adix. The children of Mr and Mrs Adix are: Bertha, the widow of William Wolf of Yell township, Louis who married Rosetta Phipps and resides near Ogden, Lizzie the wife of Marion McCaskey of Marietta, Minnesota, Minne the wife of Joseph Wagner of Marietta, Frank of Boone, who marreid Lizzie Reinhart, and Albert who married Katrina Kampf and reside in Boone.
Mr and Mrs Adix are both devout members of the Lutheran church. Politically the former has always supported the democratic party but has never aspired to public office. He and his wife reside in a handsome home at No 1511 Boone street, Boone, and there they often entertain their many friends. Both are highly esteemed by all who know them and are venerated as early pioneers who came to Iowa when civilization was yet in its infancy and both contributed larely toward that development by which the present prosperous conditions have become a reality.
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