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Posted By: Gordon Felland (email)
Date: 12/30/2008 at 21:33:51

Anton Weiland, who is engaged in general farming on section 22, Orthel township, Hancock county, was born in Germany on the 1st of July, 1868, and is a son of John B. and Tillie (Krull) Weiland, who were also natives of that country. At the usual age the son became a pupil in the public schools, which he attended until he reached the age of fourteen years. He came to America in 1883, when a youth of fifteen, and for about fourteen years was a resident of Grundy county, Iowa. Later he established his home in Hancock county, where he rented land for eight years, and while thus engaged he carefully saved his earnings until he had an amount large enough to enable him to purchase property. He first bought one hundred and sixty acres on section 22, Orthel, township, and since that time has added a tract of eighty acres on section 16. He is therefore the owner of two hundred and forty acres and the farm constitutes one of the valuable places of the district. He has brought his land to a high state of cultivation and has added to it many substantial improvements.

On the 27th of February, 1895, Mr. Weiland was married to Miss Hattie Wichman, a native of Illinois and a daughter of Everett and Cornelia (Heinegall) Wichman, who were natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Weiland have six children: John, Everett, Theodore, George, Clarence and Richard, all yet at home.

Politically Mr. Weiland is a republican, and while he has never sought nor desired political office he has served as school director. His life is actuated by the teachings of the German Reformed church, of which he is a member. For more than a third of a century he has lived on this side the Atlantic and he has ever stood for progress and improvement in community affairs, while he has made his farm activities the expression of modern advancement in the work of the fields.

Source: History of Winnebago and Hancock Counties, Iowa, 1917, Vol. II, page 546.


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