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Biography of Albert Henry MacKenburg

ALBERT HENRY MACKENBURG, living on section 6, New Oregon township, Howard county, was born near Watertown, Wisconsin, August 12, 1869. His father, William Mackenburg, was a native of Germany, as was his wife. The parents came to the United States when about 40 years of age and made their way to Wisconsin, where the father worked as a farm hand for about two years. They afterward removed to Cresco, Iowa, where they remained two years, Mr Mackenburg working on the railroad during that period. He then rented land, which he cultivated for about six years, and during that period carefully saved his earnings until he was able to purchase the present home farm of 150 acres. He placed all the improvements upon the place, clearing the land and cultivating the fields and also erecting the buildings.

Upon the old homestead Albert Henry Mackenburg was reared and early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops through the assistance which he rendered his father. In association with a brother he assumed the management of the old homestead and eleven years ago he bought out his brother's interest and is now owner of the home property.

On the 28th of July. 1903 Mr. Mackenburg was united in marriage to Miss Alvina Prinz, of Howard Co, Iowa, a daughter of Carl and Catherine Prinz, who were farming people of this district. Mrs Mackenburg was educated in the public schools of Howard Co. and also attended Valder school of Decorah, Iowa. To Mr and Mrs Mackenburg have been born three children, Ruth, Esther, and Theron, all of whom are home with their parents.

The family attend the Lutheran Church at Cresco and Mr Mackenburg has served as school director for a number of years and was reelected in 1919.

History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties,
By Robert Herd Fairbairn (Published 1919 - Volume II)
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois
Transcribed by Leonard Granger