Residents of German (present day Plank) Township Biographies
Adrian, John, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garibaldi

Albers, Albert, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Garibaldi

Albers, W. H., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Sigourney

Allen, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Harper; born in New Jersey in 1848 and lived there until ten years of age, and then removed to this county in 1858; he was raised a farmer and owns 231 acres of land; he has held various township offices; he married Miss Sarah Matheny in 1869; she was born in Virginia; they have four children: Robena, Henry Catherine and Mary; lost one son: Oliver.

Antony, D., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Harper

Archer, D., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. South English; born in Scotland in 1824; he received the advantages of a good education and was engaged in the loan business until he came to the United States; he came to this county in 1855 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; he owns 360 acres of land; he represented this county in the Fourteenth General Assembly of the State Legislature and served with credit to his constituents and honor to himself; he married Miss M. E. Bannerman in 1854; she is a native of Scotland; they have two children: Elizabeth (wife of Robert H. Gemmell) and Anna (wife of S. B. Robinson).

Backhous, Charles, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Sigourney

Backer, Adam, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Sigourney

Backer, Nicolas, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Harper

Baker, Margaret, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Harper

Balzer, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garibaldi

Baumert, Magdalena, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Harper

Baumert, George, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Harper

Beneman, Lewis, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Sigourney

Beneman, William, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Sigourney

Beinhart, David, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Harper; born in Germany May 8, 1821; he lived there till 1837, when he emigrated to the United States and landed at New York, and from this place he went to Pennsylvania, where he remained till 1845 and came to Keokuk county and settled in German Township, where he has since lived; he owns a farm of 143 acres, well improved and in a good state of cultivation; he has held various township offices and is a practical farmer; he married Miss Louisa F. Geiss, May 4, 1845; she was born in Germany December 16, 1830; and came to the United States in 1837; she died January 17, 1877; their family consists of ten children: Isabel M., Catharine, Christena, Louisa, Emma, Pauline, Otilia, John D., Clara W., and Georgia B.; lost three: Andrew B., Alvina, and Mary.

Beinhart, John Sr., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper

Beinke, Herman, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Sigourney

Blaise, Theodore, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garibaldi; born in Prussia in 1822, and lived there until he emigrated to the United States in 1847, and settled in Keokuk county, where he has since resided excepting two years when he was engaged in the candle business; he owns a farm of 90 acres and has been honored with all the township offices; he married Miss Margaret Reder in 1855; she was also born in Prussia; they have eight children: Robert, Emile, Theodore, Katie, Frank, Philip, Annie and Bertha.

Blaise, Matthias, farmer and stock raiser and stock dealer, Sec. 28; P. O. Sigourney; born in Germany in 1820, and was raised there; he emigrated to the United States in 1848, and settled in Keokuk county, Iowa where he owns 320 acres of land, with good improvements; he has held various offices in the township, and is always among the foremost in advancing the interests of the county, he married Miss Margaret Geregan in 1848; she was born in Germany; they have eight children: John, Charles, Henry, Zeno, Dena, Peter, Albert and Nellie.

Blaise, John Sr., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garibaldi

Blaise, John Jr., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Harper

Blower, John, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Harper

Bower, Charles, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Harper

Brower, C. M., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. South English

Bower, Levi, county treasurer, Sigourney; born in Marion county, Ohio May 7, 1842; his parents were Samuel and Johannah Bower, natives of Germany; they emigrated to the United States in 1841, and settled in Ohio, and came to this county in 1853; the subject of this sketch received a good common school education; he learned the carpenter’s trade, and worked at it for some years in the summer, and taught school in the winter; in March, 1863, he went overland to California, and was eighty one days on the road; after remaining there a year, he returned by the way of the Isthmus and Cuba; in 1864 he bought the farm on which he now resides in German township; he also engaged in making brick, and built his house of brick at a cost of $2,500; he also built a barn at a cost of $1,200; he has a valuable stone quarry on his farm; he has held all the various township offices previous to his election to his present position; he is a member of the Free Masons, of the I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W.; he was married March 13, 1864, to Miss Isabella M. Grove; they have four children: Amelia, Dora Belle, Albert, and Edward.

Brunce, R., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Sigourney

Burke, John, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Sigourney; born in Ireland in 1823, and was raised there on a farm; he emigrated to the United States in 1848, and settled in New York city; in April 1854, he removed to Linn county Iowa, where he remained four years, and came to this county in 1858; he owns a farm of 230 acres; Mr. Burke has traveled extensively, both east and west, with a view of changing his place of residence; he visited Kansas and Montana, California, and east as far as Virginia, and has concluded to spend the balance of his days in his home in Keokuk county; he has held various township offices; he married Miss Mary Ryan in August  1853; she was born in Ireland, and died in November 25, 1866; he married Miss Julia Mannion who was born in Africa, and brought to this country when young, and raised here; he has three children: Richard who is a graduate of the State Agricultural College at Ames, and at the present time Principal of the schools at Delta; Thomas, a student at the State Agricultural College, and John; he has two children living by his second marriage: Ann and Edward; he has lost five children within four weeks of  diphtheria: Francis, Martin, William, Mary and Agnes.

Cassens, Henry, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Webster

Campbell, Sarah, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Webster

Collins, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Webster

Collins, Henry, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Webster

Cooke, A., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 8; P. O. Sigourney; born in Ireland in 1832, and was raised there on a farm; in 1852 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Licking county, Ohio and came to Washington county, Iowa in 1855, and to Keokuk county in 1867; he owns 417 acres of land; he married Miss Catharine E. Reister, in 1857; she bas born in Ohio; they have six children: James W. George E., Frederick R., Catherine J., Harry and Charles.

Coon, Charles, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Harper

Courtzel, Frank, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Harper

Cox, Frederick, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Webster

Decker, A., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Garibaldi

Delong, Leonard, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Sigourney; born in Ohio, in 1829 and moved to Washington county, Iowa, in 1840, and remained there until 1850; he then went overland to California and was gone three years, and returned to Iowa in 1853 and settled in this county, where he now owns 300 acres of good land; he married Miss Sarah Brannan in 1856.

Dickey, T. M., steward of the poor farm, Sec. 34; P. O. Sigourney; born in Indiana in 1829, and when ten years of age was brought by his parents to Fulton county, Illinois; he was raised a farmer, and lived in Warren, Knox, and Marshall counties, Illinois; he then went to Missouri and lived there five years, and came to this county in 1872; own a farm of 121 acres, in march 1879, he was appointed steward of the poor farm, and has managed it to the satisfaction of all of it inmates and the citizens of the county; he married Miss Susan Houser, in 1858; she was born in Ohio; they have seven children: Andrew, Della, George, Addie, Harry, Maggie, and Denver.

Donahue, Mrs., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Webster

Duensing, Henry, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Sigourney

Dunker, William, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Harper

Dulin, William L., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Webster

Ehlen, C. H., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Sigourney

Fauth, Mary, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garibaldi

Ferry, Chester, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Sigourney

Fixmer, R. Sr., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Harper

Flitch, John, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Fry, Harrison, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Webster

Fry, William, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Webster

Fry, Rueben, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Webster

Fry, Lewis, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Webster

Gammel, R. H., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. South English

Glander, Susan, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Harper

Goeldner, William Jr., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Harper

Goeldner, J. H., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Harper; born in Prussia in 1824, and raised there; he learned the trade of carpenter and emigrated to the United States in 1850, and to this county in 1852; owns eighty acres of land and has held various township offices and is at the present time justice of the peace; he married Sarah Teller in 1853; she was born in Ohio, and died in 1867, leaving five children: Henry T., Robert B., Albert, George W., Edwin; he married L. Schaafenberg, in 1869; she was born in Germany; they have one child: Amelia; lost six.

Griswold, R. T., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Webster

Gries, Peter, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Harper

Gross, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Gross, Nicholas, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garibaldi

Gross, John, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Garibaldi

Hahn, George, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Sigourney 

Hammes, Val, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Sigourney

Hammon, Peter, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Harper

Hartman, Lucy, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Harper

Harman, John, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper

Hartman, Val., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Harper

Hein, Nicolas, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garibaldi

Heina, William, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Sigourney

Helscher, John, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper; born in Des Moines county, Iowa, in 1844, and lived there until he came to this county in 1869; owns a farm of eighty acres and holds offices of town trustee and school director; married Miss Annie Schnakenberg in 1869; she was born in this county; they have three children: George H. D., John W., and Didrick.

Herrick, L. R., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Webster

Hoffman, Andrew, farmer and local preacher, Sec. 2; P. O. Harper; born in Germany April 25, 1811; he learned the trade of weaver and followed it as an avocation until 1836, when he emigrated to the United States; he landed in New York and from that place went to St. Louis, Missouri and remained there until 1846, and then came to Keokuk county and settled in German township, where he has since lived; he owns an improved farm of 179 acres; has held various township offices; is a prominent member of the M. E. Church and is also a local preacher; married Wilhelmine Knight, August 16, 1842; she was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1832; they have a family of ten children: Henry, Daniel, Andrew, Louisa, Elvena, Wilhelmine, August, William, Oliver, and Emma; they lost one son: Eddie.

Hipp, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper

Homensteffer, John, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Webster

Horrass, W. Jr., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Sigourney; born in Germany in 1842 and came to he United States in 1847; owns a farm of 106 acres; married Miss Elizabeth Cline; in 1866, she was born in Germany; they have seven children: Peter, Casper, Wendell, Nicholas, Millie, Amy and John.

House, John B., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Sigourney; born in Virginia in 1828, and lived there until eighteen years of age then emigrated to Indiana and settled in Morgan county, and remained there until he came to this county, in 1852; he owns 240 acres of land; he has lived on his present farm since coming to the county, and has made all the improvements; he married Miss Sarah Jackson, in 1851; she was born in South Carolina; they have five children; Alando, Catherine (now Mrs. Parish), Mary (now Mrs. Dr. Armstrong), Millie and Della; lost one son: Alvin.

Jacques, John, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Harper

Jackson, C. S., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Sigourney

Kaufman, T. H., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Harper; born in Ashland county, Ohio, July 6, 1830, and was raised there until eighteen years of age, in the milling business; in 1848 he removed to Illinois and settled in Washington, county, and lived there until 1860, then came to this county; he owns 175 acres of land; has held offices of town trustee, secretary of the school board and assessor, four terms; he married Miss Sarah Dawson, of Washington county, in 1858; she died in 1862, leaving three children: Theodore J., William H. and Burrus I.

Kautenberger, Nicolas, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Harper

Keck, Phillip, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Harper

Kenning, John and Fritz, farmers, Sec. 15; P. O. Garibaldi

Kenney, William, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Sigourney

Keller, Margaret, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Garibaldi

Kern, Rev. P. J., Catholic Priest, Baden; P. O. Harper

Kilmer, Henry, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Harper; born in Keokuk county, Iowa, in 1848; here he has been raised a farmer, and owns a farm of fifty acres; his parents are among the early settlers of the county; is one of the present town trustees; married Miss Mary Stow in 1872; she was born in Ohio; they have three children: Clara A. Dora M., Laura M.; lost one daughter: Emma.

Killmar, Fred., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Sigourney; born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1839 and came to this county when young; was raised a farmer and owns a farm of sixty-eight acres; has held offices of constable and school director; married Miss Anna Hermann in 1864; she was born in Indiana; they have a family of ten children: John, Louisa, Matilda, Frank, Lewis, Frances, Henry, William, Mary and Annie.

Killmar, August, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Harper

Killmar, John, farmer, Sec. 112; P. O. Garibaldi

Klett, Caspar, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Harper

Klein, Michael, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Sigourney

Knox, John, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Sigourney

Koch, Lewis, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sigourney

Koeber, Margaret, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sigourney

Koedel, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Harper

Kohlhass, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Garibaldi

Kratch, Albert, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Garibaldi

Kratch, Emil, Dr., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Garibaldi

Kuntz, Conrad, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Kurtz, John, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Harper

Lafler, B. F., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Sigourney

Legill, Peter, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Harper

Leurs, Hermann, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Harper; born in Germany in 1833 and emigrated to the United States in 1852, and the same year came to this county; he owns 240 acres of land; has held school offices; he married Miss Louisa Beinke in 1859; she was born in Hanover, Germany; they have seven children: Margaret, Louisa, Henry, Annie, Hermann, Eddie and Didrick; lost two; the father of Mr. L. was John Leurs; he was born in Hanover Germany, and died October 18, 1868; his mother’s name was Margaret; she was born in the same place and died December 25, 1876.

Leonhart, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Harper

Linen, John, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Linen, Nicolas, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Harper

Linnenkam, Henry P. O. Harper

Long, Joel, farmer, Sec. 30; P O. Sigourney; born in Cumberland county, Kentucky, October 22, 1809, and was raised there on a farm until nineteen years of age; he then moved to Jacksonville, Morgan county, Illinois, and lived there four yeas, and then went to Warren county and lived there the same length of time, and came to Washington (then Slaughter) county, Iowa, in 1838, remaining until he made his residence in this county in 1845; he owns a farm of 133 acres; he has been honored by the citizens of the township and county with various offices of honor and trust, among them that of sheriff for two terms; he married Miss Susan Grimsley in 1832; she was born in Tennessee; they have nine children living: William, Samantha (now Mrs. Parmely), Elizabeth (now Mrs. Allen), Abraham G., Edward, James P., Vienna (now Mrs. Shanafelt), Samuel and Augustus D.; lost three.

Loughbridge, William, farmer, sec. 34; P. O. Sigourney 

McCay, Calvin, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Garibaldi

McNeal, D. A., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Harper

Magus, Frederick, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Garibaldi

Mahland, C. H., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Merz, Charles B., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garibaldi; born in Germany December 6, 1814; he received the advantage of a good education and studied law; he emigrated to the United States September 1, 1843; and settled in Cass county, Illinois; in 1851 he removed to Des Moines county, Iowa, and published the first paper in the German language in Burlington; he came to this county in 1852, and engaged in farming, and has followed it as an occupation since that time; he owns a farm of 275 acres; he has held various township offices; he married Miss Aletta Scheneider in 1860; she was born in Germany; they have a family of eight children: Charles, Arthur, Aletta, Nannie, Constance, Eve, Ionie, and Virginia.

Meyer, John, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Sigourney

Meyerdick, Curtis, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Garibaldi

Mohland, Martin, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garibaldi

Mohland, C. H., attorney, Sec. 11; P. O. Garibaldi; born in this township in 1850, his parents being among the early settlers of the county; he received the benefit of a good education and took a law course at the State University, at Iowa City, and was admitted to the bar in 1877; he has been engaged in teaching a large portion of his time for 10 years; he owns a farm of eighty acres.

Moore, Richard T., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Sigourney; born in Virginia in 1799, and when young was taken by his parents to Chillicothe Ohio, where he was raised on a farm and lived there until he came to this county in 1853; he owns 149 acres of land and has lived where he now resides since coming to this county; he has held the office of justice of the peace for many years, as well as various township offices; he married Miss Mary Brown in 1821; she was born in Delaware, and died in 1844; he married for his second wife, Mrs. Eliza Jane Gaskill, whose maiden name was Keen, in 1845; she was born in Pike county Ohio; has seven children by his first marriage: John, David A., Richard S., Allen, Eliza J. (now Mrs. Storm) and Amy; have three by his second marriage: Amanda (now Mrs. Belcher), Lutisia (now Mrs. Lute) and Thomas.

Moore, C. J., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Webster

Meuller, Henry, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Sigourney

Mueller, John, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Webster

Nass, William, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Sigourney

Nelson, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. ____

Nicholi, William, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Sigourney

Olderburg, George, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Sigourney

Odshue, Henry, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Sigourney

Overturf, J. M., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Sigourney; born in Licking county, Ohio, in 1832, and was raised there on a farm; he came to this county in 1860; owns a farm of eighty acres; he married Miss Mary A. Ford in 1855; she was a native of Muskingum county, Ohio; she died in 1873, leaving two children: George W. and Catharine J.; he married for his second wife, Miss Margaretta Loughridge, in 1876; she was born in Pennsylvania.

Parmley, William S., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Sigourney; born in Wayne county Kentucky, in 1834; he traces his ancestry on his father’s side to France, and settled first in Maryland when they came to this country; his great great grandfather was in the Revolutionary War, his grandfather was in the war of 1812, and his father enlisted in the Eighteenth Missouri Infantry during the late war and was killed at Pittsburg Landing; the subject of this sketch was raised a farmer, and came to this county in May, 1855; he owns a farm of ninety acres; he enlisted as a private in the Thirty-third Iowa Infantry, and was commissioned as second lieutenant in company B, and was mustered out as captain; he has held various township offices; he married Miss Samantha Long in 1836; she was born in Illinois; they have of family of ten children: Sarah F., Joel, Veana, Abraham, Jennie, Roscoe, Cicero, Maggie, Tille and Dora.

Paulus, Nicolas, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Sigourney 

Payton, William, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Sigourney; born in Morgan county, Indiana, in 1840, and came to this county in 1845; he was raised a, farmer, and followed it as an occupation until July 12, 1862, when heeding the call of his country for volunteers to defend its honor, he enlisted as a private in company B, Thirty-third Iowa Infantry, and after serving over three years and participating in most of the battles and skirmishes in which the regiment was engaged, he was mustered out August 8, 1865; he owns 200 acres of land; he married Miss Mary C. Crawford in 1866; she was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania; their family consists of four children: George, Melvina E., William C. A. and Eugene C.

Pfannerbacker, Henry, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Sigourney

Poland, J. W., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sigourney

Polka, Albert, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Sigourney

Reber, Martin, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Webster

Reinert, Matthias, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Webster

Reinert, Michael, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Sigourney; born in Prussia, January 1, 1843 and lived there until eighteen years of age and then emigrated to the United States and settled in Keokuk county; enlisted Second Iowa Infantry during the late war and served until discharge; he has held the offices of town trustee, assessor and school director; married Miss Mary Horrass in 1866; she was born in Prussia and was brought by her parents to this country when an infant and raised in this county; they have eight children: Frank, Casper, Bessie, Charles, Henry, Willie, Bertha, and an infant son.

Richardson, Benjamin, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Webster

Ritzinger, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Sigourney

Robison, S. B., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Sigourney

Rose, William, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Harper

Robison, D. L., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. South English

Runge, Fred, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Sigourney

Seaba, H., farmer and dealer in fine stock, Sec. 11; P. O. Harper; born in Germany February 5, 1834; in 1835 he came with his parents to the United States and landed in Baltimore, and from there to Wheeling, Virginia, and lived there until 1838, and then came to Keokuk county; he settled in German township where he has since resided and has devoted his attention to stock raising; he owns an improved farm of 160 acres; married Miss Mary Walrich, September 11, 1839; she was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1852; they have eight children: Anna C., John, Henry, Mina, William D., Harmon, Elizabeth and George; lost one son: William.

Scheets, H., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. South English

Schmit, George, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Sigourney

Schmit, John (second),, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Webster

Schmit, John Sr., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Harper

Schmit, Frank, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Garibaldi

Schmit, John (first), farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sigourney

Schnakenberg, Henry, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Webster

Schnakenberg, Lewis S., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Sigourney

Schroeder, Dit., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Harper

Schroeder, Henry, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Harper

Schuman, Solomon, Sec. 11; P. O. Harper

Schnakenberg, Didrick, farmer and local preacher, Sec. 35; P. O. Sigourney; born in Germany, November 5, 1805; he lived there until 1824, and then went to England, where he remained until 1833, when he returned to Germany; in 1836 he emigrated to the United States and landed in Baltimore and from this place to Wheeling, Virginia, and lived there until 1839, and then removed to Washington county, Iowa, and remained in that county until 1843, and then came to Keokuk county and steeled in German township, where he has since lived; he owns a farm of 405 acres, well improved and in good state of cultivation; he has held various township offices and is a prominent and active member of the German M. E. church, and is also a local preacher in this denomination, he married Miss Mary F. Seaba, August 24, 1837; she was born in Zeven Germany, in 1811, and came to the United States in 1836; their family consists of seven children: Henry, William, Mary Ann, Anna, Wilhemina, Didrick and Louisa; lost two: John and Benjamin.

Schimmelpfening, Fred., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Sigourney

Schnakenberg, John, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Sigourney; born in Germany in 1814; he came to the United States and settled in Wheeling, Virginia, and came to this county at an early day and now owns 440 acres of land; he married Miss Dorothy Schanolds in 1844; she was born in Germany; they have ten children: Lewis, John, Henry, Nicholas, Mary, Kate, Minnie, Emma, Dedrick and George.

Schurmer, John, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Sigourney

Schuanka, Fred, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Webster

Seaba, John, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garibaldi

Seaba, Christ, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Harper

Seibel, Adolph, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Sigourney

Seiwert, John, farmer, Sec. 36;

Shanafelt, D., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Sigourney; born in Washington county, Maryland, in 1814, and lived there until thirteen years of age, and then moved to Ohio, where he learned the trade of wagon making; in 1836 he changed his place of residence to Indiana, where he remained until coming to this county in 1854; he owns a farm of 178 acres and has held various township offices; he married Miss Charlotte House in 1839; she was born in Virginia and died in 1864; he afterward married Clarissa Carter in 1871; she was born in Ohio; have five children: Kate (now Mrs. Beattey), John D., Daniel L., and Charlotte (now Mrs. Knox); lost two: Elizabeth and Amanda J.

Sherwood, S., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Harper

Slaughter, Lucinda, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Sigourney

Starr, Fred., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Sigourney

Steegleder, August, postmaster, Garibaldi; born in Germany in 1828; he entered the office of an architect and builder and made it his occupation and attained great proficiency and his services in this direction were recognized by King William the IV, who presented him with an elegant medal, he immigrated to the United States in 1856, and settled in this county; he has been twice married: first to miss Matilda Schilling in 1851; she was born in Germany and died October 18, 1875, leaving nine children: Bertha, Emma, Edmund, August, Fred, Henry, Emma, Leis, and Gotoff; lost three; he married for his second wife Mrs. Margaret Leurs, in February 1878; she was born in Germany; owns 105 acres of land.

Striegel, Michael, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper; born in this county April 3, 1855; he rents 175 acres of land from his father; was an early settler and was a blacksmith by trade, and the son was brought up at this business in connection with the farm; he married Miss Mary L. Doll in 1877; she was born in Virginia; they have two children: Rosa Catharine and Henry Albert.

Stoersner, Gottleib, shoemaker and, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Sigourney

Strokmann, Henry, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. ________

Stokesbury, J. W., Sr., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Sigourney

Stoermer, L., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garibaldi

Strohman, Dit, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Sigourney

Strohman, D. H., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Sigourney

Strohman, Frederick, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Sigourney

Strupp, Nicolas, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Harper

Strigel, Christian, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper

Taeuscher, Christian, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Harper

Todd, C. M., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Todd, William, farmer Sec. 24; P. O. Harper

Todd, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Taylor, John M., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Garibaldi

Tirrill, James, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Webster

Triebel, Frank, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garibaldi

Triebel, Val., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garibaldi

Vanvleet, L., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Harper

Vanfleet, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Sigourney

Voegtli, Ura Sen., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garibaldi

Voltner, David, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Sigourney

Wallace, W. C., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Harper

Walker, James, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Harper

Walrich, John P., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Harper

Watson, John, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Webster

Weaver, Martin, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Sigourney

Wehr, Frank, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper

Weisdorfer, Matthew, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Harper

Wieland, Frederick, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garibaldi

Wilson, Jonathan, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Sigourney; born in Ohio in 1813, and was raised there until sixteen years of age, and then moved to Indiana, where he lived nineteen years, and came to this county in 1849; owns 166 acres of land; married Miss Mary Reynolds in 1837; she was a native of Tennessee, and died in 1862; married for his second wife Elizabeth Fowler, in 1863; she was born in Ohio; has two children living by first marriage: John J. and Mary J.; lost three: Adaline, Wilkinson and an infant.

Witten, John C., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper; born in Germany in 1824, and learned the trade of carpenter; emigrated to the United States in 1853, and settled in Keokuk county, Iowa, where he owns a good farm of 160 acres; married in Germany in 1833; they have five children: Gascha, J. Peter, Anna, Amanda and Henry.

Wittencamp, Ferdinand, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Sigourney

Wittencamp, Henry Jr., farmer, Se 22; P. O. Garibaldi

Wittencamp, Henry Sr., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Garibaldi

Wolf, Henry, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Sigourney

Transcribed and graciously provided by volunteer John Davis. Thank you, John!


Reference: "1880 History of Keokuk County Iowa."

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