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Zweibahmer, Clemens 1865 – 1955


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 5/17/2015 at 15:55:05


Clemens Zweibahmer, engaged in general farming upon two hundred acres of fine land on section 6, Military township, is a native son of Winneshiek county, born September 2, 1865. His parents were Herman and Antoinetta (Schroeder) Zweibahmer, native of Westphalia, Germany, who came to America in 1850 and located in Allamakee county, Iowa, whence they came to Winneshiek county about 1864. The father engaged in farming during all his active life, dying May 1, 1911. He had survived his wife since the 14th of December, 1890. To them were born six children: Herman, who was born on the 18th of July, 1854, and died in December, 1911; Frederick W., whose birth occurred March 5, 1857, and who is now a resident of Ossian; Caroline, who was born on the 25th of December, 1859, and married Louis Douglas, of St. Lucas, Iowa; Gertrude, whose birth occurred on the 10th of February, 1861, and who died on the 3d of February, 1898; Josephine, who died in infancy; and Clemens, of this review.

The last named acquired his education in the public schools of Festina and the district schools of Military township and when he began his independent career turned his attention to the occupation to which he had been reared, working at farming in the employ of others until he was twenty-two years of age. He then purchased land, buying two hundred acres on section 6, Military township, and upon this property he has since resided, steadily carrying forward the work of its development. Upon it he has made excellent improvements, including a fine two-story residence and substantial barns and sheds, and he engages in general farming and stock-raising, both branches of his activities proving important and profitable under his able management.

Mr. Zweibahmer was married on the 28th of June, 1887, to Miss Elizabeth Schroder, a daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Hemsath) Schroder, natives of Germany, who came to America and located in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1855. They afterward took up their residence in Winneshiek county in 1860 and the father followed farming there until he retired from active life. He is now residing at Ossian, having survived his wife since the 1st of May, 1905. To them were born six children: Louisa, deceased; John, of Ossian; Herman, also of Ossian; Catherine, who has passed away; Elizabeth, the wife of the subject of this review; and Frank, who resides in Ossian. Mr. and Mrs. Zweibahmer have become the parents of eight children: John Clemens, who was born on the 26th of June, 1888; Antoinetta Rosie, who was born September 1, 1891; Emma, whose birth occurred on the 24th of August, 1894; Ida, born January 31, 1897; William, April 22, 1901; Lorena, September 18, 1904; Theodore, who was born October 26, 1907, and died May 22, 1912; and Philomene, born April 23, 1910.

Mr. Zweibahmer is a member of the Roman Catholic church and politically gives his allegiance to the democratic party, having been elected on that ticket to the position of school director. He devotes practically his entire time to his farm, his fine property today reflecting his many years of careful supervision, and he is numbered among the progressive, able and substantial agriculturists of his native township and county.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913

Transcriber’s Note: His gravestone shows the spelling of his first name as Clement.

St. Francis de Sales Cemetery

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