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LENZ, Wesley G.


Posted By: Dora Mueller (email)
Date: 10/13/2007 at 14:20:52

Wesley G. Lenz, actively engaged in general farming on section 15, German township, was born on the 8th of February, 1879, and Hancock county has for a considerable period numbered him among its progressive agriculturists. He is a son of Fred and Lena (Rolfus) Lenz, natives of Germany, who are still living in Hancock county, but the father has retired from active business life after long connection with the agricultural development of this district.
Wesley G. Lenz was reared as a farm boy, receiving the usual instruction of the district schools, while his business training was that which he received under his father, whom he assisted in farm work until he reached the age of twenty-three years. Ambitious to engage in farming on his own account, he then purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 15, German township, for which he paid sixty-five dollars per acre. He has since owned and occupied that place, which is today a well improved and highly cultivated farm. Its neat and thrifty appearance indicates his careful supervision and his practical and progressive methods. He studies the question of soil fertility, practices the rotation of crops and conducts his farm work according to modern methods. He is also a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Creamery at Garner.
In 1902 Mr. Lenz was married to Miss Matilda Greiman, a daughter of Fred and Dema (Katter) Greiman, natives of Germany, who came to America in early life. They are yet well known residents of Hancock county. Mr. and Mrs. Lenz are the parents of four children : Ruth E., Norma E., Clarence A. and Lois D all yet at home.
Mr. Lenz votes with the republican party and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day. He has served as school director and as school treasurer, filling the latter position for a period of six years, and he is now road boss. He is ever willing to give his aid and cooperation to movements for the general good and stands for progress and improvement in public affairs as well as in business. He and his wife hold membership in the German Reformed church, and their loyalty to its teachings has won for them the favorable regard of all with whom they have come in contact.
History of Winnebago and Hancock Counties, Iowa (1917) p. 418


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