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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
Frederick Tim, an enterprising and representative farmer of Bethel Township, residing on section 36, was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, April 28, 1857, but has spent almost his entire life in this country. His parents, Peter and Sophia (Join) Tim, were also natives Mecklenburg, the former born in 1834, and the latter in 1830. When our subject was a lad of six summers his parents crossed the broad Atlantic to America and on reaching the shores of the New World continued their journey across the country until they arrived at Naperville, Du Page County, Ill., when they made a location in 1863. Some six years they spent at that place and while there residing the family circle was increased by the birth of two daughters, but both are now deceased; Mary, who was born November 28, 1863, died October 3, 1878; Emma, born January 27, 1866, died January 8, 1869. After six years residence at Naperville Peter Tim removed with his family to Fayette County, Iowa, locating in Banks Township.
Thus, from his twelfth year the subject of this sketch, Frederick Tim, has resided in this county. He was reared to farm life and the occupation with which he became familiar in his youth he has followed through mature years. Prosperity has attended his efforts and his industry, perseverance and labor has been crowned with a good degree of success. As a helpmate on life's journey he chose Miss Mary Lembke, daughter of John and Sophia (Sharp) Lembke, and a native of Germany, born March 30, 1861. Her father was born in Germany in 1834, and her mother in 1832. Their family numbered thirteen children, eleven of whom are now living. Frederick, born in 1859, died in infancy; Fredericka was born in 1863; Caroline, in 1865; Elizabeth in 1867; Ella in 1868; Daniel and David, twins, October 17, 1869; Martin and Amanda, twins, December 31, 1871; Hannah, December 24, 1873; John, April 5, 1875; Minnie, February 5, 1877.
The Union of Mr. and Mrs. Tim has been blest with the birth of five children, of whom Arena, born February 20, 1880, is the eldest; Peter was born April 10, 1881; Josephine October 10, 1884; John August 28, 1886; and Frederick, the youngest, November 29, 1889. The children attend the public schools in the neighborhood, where they are being fitted for the practical duties of life by acquiring a good English education. The home of the family has just been completed and is a comfortable and substantial residence, neatly and tastefully furnished. It stands upon a two hundred and forty acre farm, the valuable land being under a high state of cultivation and has all the necessary improvements together with many of an ornamental character. In politics Mr. Tim is a Democrat and himself and wife are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He manifests an active interest in the progress of the country and is not slow to aid in any enterprise which will benefit the community.
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