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A Kentuckian by birth, William F. Altig passed his years from childhood through early manhood in Menard county, Ill., where his friend, Mr. Trailor, was born and lived. When Mr. Altig came to Cass county, in the spring of 1864, he had lately been left a widower with two children. He afterward married a Miss Short, by whom he had five children, most of whom reached maturity. Mr. Altig's first purchase was a farm of 240 acres on section 33. To this he added from time to time until he owned 200 acres in a body, a part of which was on section 32. He gradually worked into the specialty of stock raising, paying particular attention to Holstein cattle. His farm was admirably adapted to this branch of husbandry, both naturally and by improvement, being well watered by three springs, fenced, and furnished with suitable buildings.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 130.

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