KLIPPING, MEYER, SCHULTZ, JONES, BRYANT
Posted By: Gordon Felland (email)
Date: 3/14/2008 at 15:29:16
Samuel Klipping, of Forest City, is now living retired after long connection with agricultural interests in Hancock county. He was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, March 23, 1853, a son of Conrad and Marie Klipping, who were natives of Germany, where they were reared and married. While they were en route for America their eldest child, a daughter, was born on shipboard. They became pioneer settlers of Stephenson county, Illinois, where the father secured land and engaged in farming until his death.
Samuel Klipping attended the common schools to the age of sixteen years and afterward worked for his father upon the home farm until he attained his twenty-second year. He then rented land and began farming on his own account, continuing his connection with agricultural interests in his native county for fourteen years. In 1890 he arrived in Hancock county, Iowa and the following year removed his family, after which he cultivated a rented farm for four years. In 1895 he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land, which he cultivated until the spring of 1916, or for a period of twenty-one years, after which he retired to Forest City, where he is now most comfortably and pleasantly located. He still owns one hundred and sixty-six acres of his farm, while his son George is now owner of the remainder. His place returns to him a gratifying annual income, for he has converted the land into rich and productive fields.
In 1876 Mr. Klipping was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Meyer, of Stephenson county, Illinois, by whom he had eleven children, ten of whom still survive, as follows: George, an agriculturist of Hancock county; Rose, who is the wife of Henry Schultz, of Winnebago county; Jessie, who is married and lives in Waterloo, Iowa; Arthur, a resident of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota; Elmer, living on the home farm; Louisa, the wife of Leonard Bryant, of Waterloo; Clara, who is the wife of Henry Jones, of Estherville, Iowa; Roy, living on the home farm; Leonard, who is in the employ of Henry Schultz; and Ima who is employed as a clerk in Waterloo, Iowa.
Mr. Klipping exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party. He has for three years been township trustee but could never be called a politician in the sense of office seeking although he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day. He started out in life empty handed, but he early realized the fact that determination and energy are the basis of honorable success. He has worked his way upward along those lines and what he has accomplished represents the fit utilization of his time and his innate powers and talents.
Source: History of Winnebago and Hancock Counties, Iowa, 1917, Vol. II, page 289.
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