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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Peter Lux






      PETER LUX was born on the first day of January, 1841, in Prussia, Germany.  He came to the United States in 1849 with his parents, locating first in the city of Schenectady, in the State of New York; lived there until 1855, then came to Dubuque, Iowa; lived there till 1864. He then came to Delhi, Iowa.

      In May, 1871, he married Miss Clara Kemling, who came to America when a child with her parents, the marriage taking place in Dubuque.

      To this happy marriage have been born six children, in the following order: William C.; born February 7, 1873; Elmer Ellsworth, born June 7, 1875; Jennie A., born October 24, 1877; Warner A., born February 26, 1880; Lewis P., born September 14, 1883; and Annie L., born January 27, 1886.

      Mr. Lux now lives on section 35, Delhi township, post office address Delhi. He has led a frugal and industrious life. At the age of thirty, when he left his father, as stated, he was the possessor of $500, made by and saved from his labor up to that time.

      On coming to Iowa he had made himself so secure in monetary matters and credit that he was able to agree to pay $2,150 for one hundred and sixty acres of land in Delhi township, of which land only five acres were under cultivation, and, furthermore, obtained his horses and  farming machinery on credit; these making, on his starting out, a total indebtedness of $2,500, on a farm that had no improvements upon it. But his industry was untiring and his energy  without end, and through these his indebtedness was soon canceled. In fact, in 1877, he was able to purchase one hundred and  twenty additional acres, and in 1888 eighty acres more, now having three hundred and sixty acres in one body, all of which are under cultivation and  improved with an excellent dwelling, good barns, and all proper outbuildings required for farm purposes.

      This large farm is stocked with the best of horses, cattle and hogs. The credit of Mr. Lux adds to his reputation as a man of wealth and prosperity, a reputation that no man should be ashamed of, but rather be proud of.

      In politics Mr. Lux is a republican, and quite a prominent one. He holds the confidence of his party to its fullest extent, and by it has been placed in several public positions of honor and trust, as, for instance, that of trustee of his township for a number of years, and that of president of his school board.

      Socially, Mr. Lux is a genial, kind hearted gentlemen, with a heart abounding with charitable impulses, and a hand open to the wants of the poor and friendless.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 511-512; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson