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David Kifer 1822-1892


Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 2/3/2019 at 18:56:28

DAVID KIFER, farmer, residing on section fifteen, Floyd township, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., January 5, 1822, and is a son of Jacob and Mary (Byerley) Kifer, both natives of Pennsylvania, the former of German descent and the latter of English descent. Jacob Kifer was a stone mason by trade and followed that occupation in Westmoreland county, Pa., until his death, which occurred in 1846; his wife died in 1872. Jacob Kifer was a member of the German Reformed church and his wife of the Lutheran church.

David Kifer was born and grew to manhood in Westmoreland county, receiving a common-school education there. He resided with his parents until the death of his father and the re-marriage of his mother, when he started out for himself. He learned the trade of milling, which he followed in Westmoreland county about five years. In the spring of 1850 he came to Dubuque county, Iowa, and six years later built a .flouring mill, which he operated about twelve years. He then returned to his old home in Pennsylvania and built a mill, which he operated nine years. In 1883 he came to Woodbury County, Iowa, and purchased 640 acres of land, which he has farmed ever since. In 1847 MI. Kifer married Lucinda Miller, of Westmoreland county, and to this union have been born three children: George, William .A.. (who is county treasurer of Woodbury county) and Mary A. Both he and wife are members of the Reformed church, and he is democratic in politics.

History of the Counties of Woodbury and Plymouth, Iowa and Sketch of Sioux City 1890
Chicago: A. Warner and Co., 1890-91.


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