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Albert P. Fuhrmeister

Albert P. Fuhrmeister, a prominent agriculturist and stock-raiser, residing on section 17, Highland township, was born in Johnson county, Iowa, July 21, 1869, a son of Charles G. and Emeline (Stream) Fuhrmeister, the former born in Germany in the year 1834 and the latter a native of Ohio.  When nine years of age Charles G. Fuhrmeister accompanied his father, Christopher Fuhrmeister, on his emigration to the new world, settling in Johnson county, Iowa, where they entered land and lived during the remainder of their lives.  The mother of our subject still survives and is now living with him, having attained the age of sixty-eight years.  She became the mother of seven children, six of whom are yet living, as follows: Albert P., of this review; Minerva J. Devault, of this state; Mrs. Ida Bassett; Mrs. Ella Bassett; Mrs. Emma Guess; Mrs. Anna Whittington; and Mary deceased.

Albert P. Fuhrmeister was educated in the common schools of his native county and also spent a year at Cornell College.  When thirty-nine years of age he came to Greene county, purchasing two hundred and sixty-nine acres on section 17, from John Guess and Albert Head.  The land has been broken and he immediately set to work to improve and develop the same.  He has tiled the entire tract and brought it under a high state of cultivation, the neat and thrifty appearance of the farm giving evidence of his untiring industry and excellent business management.  He has a barn thirty-two by fifty feet, and in fact none of the accessories of a model farm are lacking.  In addition to his agricultural interests Mr. Fuhrmeister also raises registered shorthorn cattle, having at present forty head.  The high grade of his stock enables him to command excellent prices and this branch of his business is therefore a source of gratifying profit to him.  He is also engaged in feeding cattle on an extensive scale and is widely known as a prominent and representative agriculturist and stock-raiser of the community.  He is now serving as president of the new Farmer's Elevator, which has recently been organized here.

On the 1st of February, 1888, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Fuhrmeister and Miss Amy Minor, who was born in Linn county, Iowa, a daughter of John and Caroline Minor, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively.  Unto our subject and his wife have been born two children, Charles G. and Nellie P. The parents are widely known and highly esteemed for their good qualities of heart and mind and extend to their many friends the hospitality of a pleasant and congenial home.

Transcribed from "Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead," by E. B. Stillman assisted by an Advisory Board consisting of Paul E. Stillman, Gillum S. Toliver, Benjamin F. Osborn, Mahlon Head, P. A. Smith and Lee B. Kinsey, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907, pg. 246.
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