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Henry Bejasch

HENRY BEJASCH, one of the rising young farmers of Tilden Township, Cherokee County, was born in Switzerland, September 25, 1857 and is a son of John and Dorothy Bejasch.  His childhood and early youth were passed in his own beautiful country, and he was trained to that most useful occupation, farming; he received a fair education in the common schools.  His parents hoping to give their children a better chance in this life and perhaps better their own circumstances, emigrated to America when Henry was fifteen years of age.  The father died three years later, leaving his son an inheritance of forty acres of land, and the memory of an industrious, frugal father, but with this exception he has accumulated all his property through his own efforts.  In 1880 Mr. Bejasch came to Cherokee County from Jones County, Iowa, where he had made his home for seven years and settled in Silver Township; he lived there three years on 160 acres of raw land which he had purchased and at the end of three years he sold it and bought 160 acres in Rock Township, which he traded one year later for his present farm of 160 acres; he has added to this 120 acres, all of which is well fenced making 280 acres in all; he has made many valuable improvements on the farm, and has one of the most desirable places in the township.  His whole time and attention are occupied with farming and stock - raising and his industry and wise management have brought their reward.  Mr. Bejasch was reared in the faith of the Reformed Church and has lived a life of such integrity and uprightness that he has the confidence and respect of all who know him.  Politically he is identified with the Democratic party.

 Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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