RAHE is a well known and wealthy farmer, living in New Wine
Township, Dubuque County, adjoining the village of New Vienna. Our
subject was born at Munster, Westphalia, in the United Kingdom of
Prussia, in May, 1824. His parents both died when he was but a
child, hence but little can be learned of them. He was taken by
relatives to bring up and passed his boyhood on the farm,
receiving only a limited education. When he attained his majority,
in 1845, he set sail for the New World, and on landing in the
United States first located at Hamilton, Ohio, where he remained
until 1847, in the spring of which year he came to Iowa, and for a
time worked on the mill then being built by
Schimmel Bros., near the present site of New Vienna.
In August, 1848, Mr. Rahe
was united in wedlock with Mrs. Catherine
Weekman, a widow, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany, and
came to America with her parents when a child. In 1843, with her
husband, she made the journey from Ohio to Iowa, making the trip
by ox team. Mrs. Rahe has one daughter
by her first marriage, Mary, now the wife of Clarence
Buchenstete, a wealthy farmer in
Delaware County, of this state.
Directly after his marriage Mr.
Rahe located on the farm where he has
ever since resided. Coming to this county as he did, without
means, he early set about making for himself a competency, and now
aside from the large farm on which he makes his home he owns
several farms in Dubuque and Delaware Counties, being one
of the wealthiest residents of this vicinity.
and Mrs. Rahe have been born the
following children: Clement, who wedded Mary, daughter of Joseph
Schimmel, and is engaged in farming
near Dyersville; Henry, whose wife died, leaving four children,
and who now resides with his father on the farm; Frank, a farmer
of Delaware County, who wedded Miss Mary
Wesell; and Annie, the wife of Theodore
Brockmann, a well known agriculturist
of Delaware County. Our subject was brought up in the Catholic
faith, to which he still belongs. He uses his right of franchise
in favor of the Democratic party, and
both as a business man and for his own well known qualities of
true worth is held in the highest respect by one and all.