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August Obermller

August Obermller is another of the native sons of Clayton county who has proved conclusively that through the medium of agricultural and live-stock industry is to be gained substantial and enduring prosperity, and it is through such means that he has won large and worthy success through his own energy, ambition and well-ordered endeavors. He has held to the course of integrity and honor in all of the relations of life, is one of the highly esteemed citizens of his native county and is especially entitled to recognition in this history.

He was born on a pioneer farm in Garnavillo township, this county, on the 24th of October, 1859, and the place of his nativity was a humble log house of the true pioneer type. He is one of the two surviving members of a family of three children and is a son of Peter and Augusta (Vedaman) Obermller, who immigrated to America from their native district of Germany in the year 1856. They settled that year in Clayton county, and the little log house which the father built on his embryonic farm was equipped with clapboard roof, a floor of rough boards and a door with the old-time latch string. On this farm the parents passed the remainder of their lives, industrious, upright and useful citizens who commanded unqualified popular esteem.

The pioneer schools of Clayton county provided August Obermller with his somewhat limited educational advantages in boyhood and youth and he assisted his father in the work of the home farm until he became of age. He then began his independent operations as an agriculturist and stock-raiser on the farm which he now owns and occupies and which has been brought to its present fine status, through his energy and good management. With increasing financial resources he made additions to his landed estate, and his well improved homestead now comprises two hundred acres, in Section 35, Farmersburg township, and 40 acres in Garnavillo township. On the place Mr. Obermller has erected the best type of farm buildings, including a commodious house that is known for its generousi hospitality and good cheer. In addition to this valuable property Mr. Obermller owns three hundred and twenty acres of good land near Delrapids, South Dakota, and this latter estate is also well improved.

He has been one of the world's noble army of unassuming but effective workers, has been loyal to all civic duties and responsibilities and has not swerved from the course of allegiance to the Republican party, the while both he and his wife have exemplified in their daily lives the faith they profess as earnest communicants of the Lutheran church.

In 1886 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Obermller to Miss Katherine Greimann, who was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of William and Anna (Hollbrugee) Greimann, who came from Germany in 1852 and who were honored pioneer citizens of Clayton county at the time of their death. Of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Obermller the first-born was Peter, who is deceased; Anna is the wife of Christ Bierbaum; William continues to be associated in the activities of the home farm; Augusta is the wife of William Neimann; Wilhelmina remains at the parental home; Louisa is deceased; and Mary is the youngest member of the home circle.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 306-307

-OCR scanned by S. Ferrall

[August Obermoller; Obermoller, August]

 

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