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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


Conrad GILDNER is a native of Germany, born Feb. 27, 1842. When he was four-years-old his parents bade good bye to the Fatherland, and emigrated to America, settling in Canada, where the son was brought up to agricultural pursuits. In 1865 he came to the States and selected Iowa as his destined home.

He came to Falls township, and bought wild land on section 25, breaking some of it to the plow the same year. The second year he harvested the first crop, and built a log house. He rented land on section 35, on which he lived until 1869, when he took possession of his own property, inhabiting the log house mentioned until 1872, in which year he built a frame house to which he made a large addition in 1882. His place is now in first class condition, being finely improved and set with forest and fruit trees in convenient and appropriate places.

Mr. GILDNER was married in 1861 to Julia SCHNARR, who died March 11, 1870, leaving three children - Henry, Annie and Nettie.

His second marriage took place in the fall of 1870. His wife, Mary SCHNARR, is sister to the lady he first married.

From the last union there have been five children born, four of whom are now living - John H., Lydia, Albert and Eda. Maggie died when four-years-old.

Mr. GILDNER is a member of the German Baptist Church.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 816. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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