Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/10/2010 at 10:46:29
Isidor Weigel deceased was for a number of years one of the most prosperous farmers and highly esteemed citizens of Harrison township, his home being on section 27. He was born in Schlesien, Germany, November 25, 1843, and there passed the days of his boyhood and youth, coming alone to the United States in 1869. Locating first in Illinois, he was there employed as a laborer for three years and at the end of that time purchased 120 acres in Livingston county, that state, to the cultivation and improvement of which he devoted his energies for some time.
IN 1872, Mr Weigel married Miss Theresa Mueller, who died in 1881, and of the six children born to them two are also deceased. The others are: Theresa the wife of Fred Reinsch, a farmer of Harrison township, Max who married Callie Knight and follows farming in Harrison township, Helena the wife of Joseph McCoy, also a farmer of Harrison township. And Alfred who is engaged in farming in Story county. Iowa. Mr Weigel was again married November 8, 1881, his second union being with Christina Elsner, a daughter of Frank Elsner. The children born to this union were: Isidor, who was drowned in 1885, at the age of two and a half years, Rudolph who is homesteading in Alberta, Canada, Christina, the wife of William Smith who is an engineer on the Illinois Central Railroad, residing in Council Bluffs, Iowa Philomina, Earnest, Rheinhart and Isidor, all at home and Adelaide who is attending school in Cedar Rapids.
It was in 1883 that Mr Weigel brought his family to Boone county, Iowa, and located on the farm now owned by his widow. This place comprises 480 acres on section 27, Harrison township, and is in a high state of cultivation and well improved with excellent buildings. Mr Weigel was a most progressive farmer, and, being also an able business man, he met with remarkable success in his undertakings. 80 acres of the home farm Fred Reinsch now rents and Alfred Weigel rents 58 ½ acres and owns 100 acres in Story county. Mr Weigel was independent in politics, voting for the man he deemed best qualified for office regardless of party ties. He held membership in the Catholic church, to which his family also belong, and they stand high in the community where they reside.
1914 Boone County History Book
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