John H. Kaiser
John H. Kaiser has impregnable vantage-place as one of the prosperous and representative farmers and loyal and valued citizens of his native county, where his finely improved homestead farm is eligibly situated in Section 36, Farmesburg township, the splendid property being consistently and picturesquely named Meadow Lark Farm. He is a scion of one of the sterling pioneer families of Clayton county and as adequate data concerning his parents appear in the sketch of the career of his borther, William E. Kaiser, on other pages of this work, it is unnecessary to reproduce the same in the present connection.
John Henry Kaiser was born in Farmersburg township, this county, on the 27th of August, 1876, and is the son of John G. and Mary (Wiegmann) Kaiser. In addition to receiving in his youth the advantages of the public schools he prosecuted a course of higher student in the Decorah Institute and the Minnesota Agricultural College. After attaining to his legal majority Mr. Kaiser left the parental roof and instituted his independent career as a farmer. For nine years he continued his operations on rented land and he then removed to the fine farm which he now owns and which comprises one hundred and sixty acres of most fertile and productive land, in Section 36, Farmersburg township. The substantial and thoroughly modern buildings on the place have been erected by Mr. Kaiser and in addition to this property, considered one of the best improved farms in the county, he is the owner also of one hundred and eighty acres of valuable timber land, lying partly in his home township and partly in Clayton township. He is a stockholder in the Garnavillo Savings Bank and the St. Olaf State Bank and the St. Olaf Grain Co., and he is also a land owner in both Minnesota and Oklahoma. He is a stalwart and well fortified supporter of the cause of the Republican party, served serveral years as president of the school board and takes lively interest in all things pertaining to community welfare. Both he and his wife attend and support the Lutheran church.
In November, 1902, was
solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kaiser to Miss Seuera
Wirkler *, who was born and reared in this county and who
is a daughter of Joseph and Emma (Meyer) Wirkler *,
well-known residents of this county and both natives of
Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Kaiser have two children - Herbert
J., who was born August 10, 1907; and Gertrude E., who
was born August 10, 1910.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to
the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page
1. Emma (Meyer) Wirkler was born in Iowa. Her parents were natives of Germany.
2. The biography reads Miss "Seuera" Wirkler, but it should be Miss "Severa" Wirkler
Contributed by Mary Cameron, January 2006
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