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Date: 1/19/2007 at 22:45:05
William Kragenbrink is well known in Oneida township, where he is successfully engaged in farming. He was born in Germany on the 2d of September, 1877, a son of Henry and Lena Kragenbrink, both of whom were likewise natives of the fatherland. The family came to America in 1888 and located in Delaware county, Iowa, whence in 1902 the parents removed to Spink county, South Dakota. They still survive and are highly respected by all who know
William Kragenbrink is one of a family of ten children and received a thorough common-school education. When a youth of seventeen years he started out in life for himself, being first employed by the month upon a farm. He displayed commendable thrift and saved his earnings and after a time rented a farm, which he successfully cultivated. In 1908 he purchased forty two acres of land in Oneida township and since that time has made his home upon the property, upon which he has erected a number of substantial buildings. He does general farming, raising both grain and stock, and his industry and good management secure him a competence.
Mr. Kragenbrink was married in February, 1903, to Miss Ida Nieman, who was born in Clayton county, this state, a daughter of William and Mary Nieman, both of whom are living in Earlville. A sketch of her parents appears else where in this work. To Mr. and Mrs. Kragenbrink have been born two children: William H., whose birth occurred on the 23d of June, 1911; and Carl H., born February 25, 1913.
Mr. Kragenbrink is a democrat in his political belief and displays a commendable interest in public affairs. He has won the respect of his fellowmen by reason of a life honorable in all respects and above any suspicion of wrong dealing.
~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 139. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.
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