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By W. S. Pitts

Submitted by Beverly Witmer & Lynn McCleary, March 14, 2013

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C. G. W. RAILROAD. pg 218

The railroad first came to Fredericksburg in 1886. It was known as the Minnesota North-western. The name was changed to Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City and afterwards again to the Chicago Great Western.

ANDREW B. REIF. pg 184

A. B. Reif was born in Mill couuty, Illinois, December 8, 1865; son of August and Elizabeth (Yonker) Reif. Lived with his parents until thirteen years of age; then served three years as an apprentice in a harness business. Came to Iowa in 1882 with his parents, locating in Banks township, Fayette county. Attended school at the Fayette Upper Iowa University four years. Married July 5, 1893 to Ella M. Carpenter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Carpenter; this wife died January 26, 1896 leaving one child, Letha, born August 24, 1895. Married second time November 24, 1899, to Elizabeth M. Diekman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Diekman of Sumner, Iowa. Was in the furniture business at Sumner seven years. Came to Fredericksburg in 1901 and engaged in the furniture and hardware business. One child was born to this union, Reuel D., born June 30, 1904.


Gustave Reiser was born in Germany in 1843. Came to America with his father in 1858. They located in Fayette county. In 1867 Mr. Reiser came to this county and located on a farm in New Hampton township. In 1868 he was married to Miss Martha Fitch. To this union eight children were born as follows: Mary, Emma, John, Ida, Charles, Fred, George and Edward. All of these children are alive except Edward. Mr. Reiser has been a resident of this county every since he came here with the exception of three years, when he lived at Tripoli. He lived on his farm for thirty-two years, from which he retired in 1900 and has since lived in Fredericksburg. He enlisted in 1862 in Co. "F" 38th Iowa and served three years in the civil war. He draws a pension from the government for services rendered.


For Chickasaw county, Fredericksburg has furnished two Representatives to the State Legislature. Gilbert J. Tisdal (Republican) and D. B. Harlan (Democratic.) The Republican nominee against Hanan was F. D. Bosworth of New Hampton. Mr. Hanan did not attend the first winter being sick at home during the entire term. He however drew his pay for attendance and also his mileage, all told, somewhere about $640.


T. G. Richardson was born April 14, 1837, at Williamsburg, Long Island, New York. Son of Thomas G. and Elizabeth (Price) Richardson. Came with his parents to Rock county, Wisconsin, 1855, locating near Milton. Enlisted June 1, 1861, Co. "E" 5th Regt. Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, for three years or during the war. Was with the regiment until the battle of Williamsburg, Virginia when he was wounded in the knee by a minnie ball; was sent to hospital on steamer on the James river, later to Baltimore, but was stopped at Philadelphia, where he remained in hospital three weeks; was furloughed home. Married December 9, 1862 to Miss Flora E. Harvey, daughter of John and Elizabeth B. Harvey. Came to Iowa in the fall of 1864. Wintered in Clayton county. In April 1865, came to Chickasaw county, locating in Stapleton township. Twelve children born to this union: Flora Adella, born 1863; Thomas G., 1865; William S., 1867; Elizabeth E., 1868; James H.,1871; Mary E., 1873; Emily M., 1875; Annie D., 1877; Jessie E., 1878; George W., 1882; Jeanette L., 1884; Alberta I., 1886. Flora A. married John D. Herrick July 5, 1885; Thomas G. married Etta M. Harvey, May 5, 1890; James H. married Ida M. Rollins, November 3, 1898; Mary E. married Albert J. Anderson, August 5, 1894; Emily M. married Charles H. Anderson November 18, 1894; Jessie E. married Laurance P. Crane, March 29, 1897, Jeanette I. married D. C. Parks, March 24, 1903.

William S. died April 29, 1867; Elizabeth E. died July 18, 1869; Annie D. died September 27, 1877. Mrs. Flora E. (Harvey) Richardson died February 9, 1891.

Mr. Richardson chose for his second wife Miss Sarah Bullock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bullock, Sr. No children by second marriage. Moved from his farm to town in 1898.


William E. Richardson was born in the state of New York, Westchester county, and was a son of Thomas G. and Margaret Richardson. William was married in 1867, at Milton, Wisconsin, to Ellen J. Paul, came to Fredericksburg township in the year 1872 settling on section one. They had eight children.


W. M. Rollins came here with parents Mr. and Mrs. William Rollins, about the early seventies. They settled in Dresden township two miles from town. MeIville was a red-headed chunk of a boy, short in build, wiry as a cat. He married a daughter of Samuel Steadman. A fair sized family of children have come to this home, several of them are married. Melville inherited the home farm where he still holds the fort.


B. Rowland was born in Connecticut, February 12, 1798. He came with his parents to Burlington, Otsego county, New Pork, when a small boy. Lived there during the years of his minority. Married to Polly Greenleaf of Columbus, Chenango county, 1843. In 1868, they came to Iowa locating in Dresden township. He died June 24, 1870, buried in West cemetery. Polly Rowland, the widow, married Joshua Smith, September, 1870. She died February 18, 1879, buried in West cemetery beside her first husband.


John S. Russell was born in West Monroe, Oswego, county, New York, November 23,1833; son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Sickner) Russell. Came with his parents to Lake county, Illinois in 1848. Lived there six years. Married November 23d 1854 to Mary Emeline Potter daughter of Alanson and Selphina Potter. Came to Iowa Chickasaw county July 3, 1855. Located in Dresden township, where he remained three mouths, then moved to Auburn, Fayette county. Returned to Chickasaw county in 1860, occupation farming. Five children born to these parents. Frank A. born at Auburn, October 17-18th 1855. Cordine born February 18, 1859. Selphina Ellen born in Dresden township January 27, 1865. Lemi born October 5th 1871. Leburn born July 7, 1574. Lemi died at Fredericksburg January 16, 1879.

Frank married for his first wife Clara E. Mitchell of Clayton county, Iowa, August 24, 1884. She died December 3d, 1887--leaving one child, a son named Royal. For his second wife he married Almed G. Randall August 11, 1889, married by Geo . W. Noble (now of Denver). Frank lives at Forest City, Iowa, no children by second wife. Cordine married Mary I. Leach October 28, 1888 married by Geo. Bishop. Is a farmer in Fredericksburg township. Selphina is single, lives with her parents. Leburn C. married Libbie L. Adams, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Adam, August 10th, 1895, married by Rev. A. B. Fickle, lives in Fredericksburg. Royal, son of Frank and Clara Russell was born in Hebron, Thayer county December 7,1870. He is married, lives in Oelwein, is in the employ of the Chicago Great Western Railway Company. John Russell sold his farm and moved to Fredericksburg the fall of 1892.


Jonathan Russell was born September 22, 1797, in the state of New York, and grew to manhood there. He married Elizabeth Secknor, September 22,1822, and went to Cook county, Illinois in 1850, and from there came to Dresden township, Chickasaw county, Iowa, in IS54. Twelve children were born to this union: Susanna, Wilkins, Lydia, Elizabeth, .John S., James, Huldah, Ezra, Clarissa, Joseph, Melissa and Susan. Susanna died when a babe; Elizabeth, James, Susan and Joseph are dead. The years 1868-9, Mr. Russell and wife spent at Denver, Colorado, with their daughter Lydia; they then went to Missouri where they remained two years. In 1874 they went to California where Mr. Russell died in 1879. Mrs. Russell returned to Iowa where she lived with her daughter, Mrs. G. C. Jones, and her son John. In April 1891 she went to California where in December 1894 she died at Trimmer Springs.

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