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Meint Huismann

HUISMANN, WORTELKE, SPIEKER, SCHULTZ, SCHOONS, VOLBOUN, KLORENER, TADEN

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/12/2011 at 22:41:44

MEINT HUISMANN, a retired farmer residing in Grundy Centre, was born in Hanover, Germany, May 19, 1829, and is a son of William Y. B. Huismann, a German farmer. In his native land our subject was reared to manhood. He remained at home until his marriage, which was celebrated in Hanover, Miss Eliza Wortelke, a native of that province, becoming his wife.

Believing the move would prove advantageous, in 1854 Mr. Huismann left the Fatherland and crossed the briny deep to America. He first located in Ogle County, Ill., and there operated a rented farm until 1865, when he came to Grundy County, Iowa, taking up his residence on section 35, German Township. There were but few settlements in the township, and county was but slightly improved. Mr. Huismann at first purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, but from time to time he has added to his possessions, until he now owns nine hundred acres. It is all under a high state of cultivation and finely improved. There are three residences upon his land and all other accessories and conveniences. He continued to carry on his farm until May, 1889, when he came to Grundy Centre, where he has since lived a retired life.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Huismann have been born nine children, six of whom are still living. Jerry, who wedded Yetes Spieker, resides on one of his fatherís farms in German Township; John, who married Tilda Schultz, is living on one of the Huismann farms; Harmon, who married Hanchon Schoons, also operates a farm in German Township; Annie, wife of Henry Volboun, is a resident of South Dakota; Ankie, who married D. Klorener, lives in South Dakota; and Dorcas is the wife of John Taden, of Wellsburgh.

In addition to his land in this county Mr. Huismann has four hundred and eighty acres in South Dakota. For his first quarter-section he paid $700. He has made almost all the improvements on his property through his own efforts. His business career has been one of eminent success, and he has made liberal gifts to his children. He has steadily worked his way upward and is now numbered among the wealthy citizens of the county.

In politics Mr. Huismann is a stalwart Democrat, and is a leader among the German members of that party in this locality. He was President of the School Board in German Township, and was a member of the Board of Trustees. Himself, wife and children all belong to the Lutheran church. He is numbered among the honored pioneers of the county, and has witnessed its growth and development from an early day. When he came here there was a great deal of wild game, such a ducks, geese and prairie chickens, and as Mr. Huismann was fond of hunting, his table was often supplied with such delicacies from the prairie. In the work of public improvement and development he has ever borne his part, and has manifested a commendable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the county. He has no occasion to regret his emigration to America, for here he has gained prosperity, has found a pleasant home and won many warm friends.

Source:
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa
1894


 

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