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August Dobberstein


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/13/2011 at 20:02:10

A large and well developed farm of two hundred and seventy-nine acres on section 18, Emmet township, pays tribute to the care and labor bestowed upon it by it's owner, August Dobberstein, whose life of well directed energy and thrift has brought him substantial measure of success. He was born in Germany, April 6, 1858, and is the son of Antone and Julia Dobberstein, both of whom were natives of Germany, where they spent their early lives, there rearing their family of six children, four of whom survive.

August Dobberstein acquired his education in the schools of his fatherland and remained a resident of that country until he reached the age of twenty five years, when he severed home ties and crossed the Atlantic in 1883, making his way first to Wisconsin. In 1884 he removed to Butler County, Iowa, where he resided for nineteen years, and in 1903 became a resident of Emmet County, Iowa, where he purchased the farm on section 18, Emmet Township, upon which he now makes his home. It is an excellent tract of land of two hundred and seventy nine acres, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation and to which he has added many modern and attractive improvements in the way of fine buildings, so that his farm constitutes one of the pleasing features of the land.
In 1882 Mr. Dobberstein was united in marriage to Miss Rosella Kreinke, a native of Germany, and to them have been born five children: Elsie, who married Joe Kenny of Emmet County; August, deceased; John, at home; Lena, wife of Elmer Herbranson, now of Minot, North Dakota; and Francis, at home. The parents are members of the Catholic church and Mr. Dobbenstein gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. His life has been one of untiring activity and all that he possesses has been made to him since he came to the new world. He has steadily and persistently worked his way upward and his achievements show what can be accomplished when one has the will to dare and do.

Source: History of Emmet County and Dickinson County Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, The Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1917.


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