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Frederick Aulwes. For a period of thirty-five years this worthy citizen of Guttenberg was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits in Clayton County, and after so many years of arduous toil is now passing his declining days surrounded by all the necessities and many of the luxuries of life, which he has earned by the hardest work and surely deserves.

Frederick Aulwes was born and reared in Germany, his birth taking place July 2, 1813. He received a good common-school education in the justly famed schools of that land, and early learned the duties of carrying on a farm. He is a son of Frank and Elizabeth Aulwes, who were respected and well-to-do farmers in Germany.

In the year 1837 Frederick Aulwes said good-bye to his Fatherland and many friends, setting sail for America in one of the old-fashioned unseaworthy vessels which at that time plied the Atlantic. Landing at New Orleans, he thence proceeded up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers until he arrived in the Buckeye State, of which he was a resident for the succeeding eight years.

It was in the year 1845 that Mr. Aulwes found himself on the soil of Clayton County, whither he had preceeded with the intention of taking up land. As this seemed to be a favorable place for the pursuit of farming, he purchased a tract of land and devoted himself assiduously to its cultivation for many years. He placed many improvements on his farm, and as his resources increased extended the boundaries of the same. He erected good buildings, put up fences, and in other practical ways increased the value of his property, which yields him an abundant income as a reward for the care and labor he bestows upon it. He still owns four hundred acres of good and well improved land, which is considered as desirable a piece of property as may be found in this portion of the county.

In April, 1837, a marriage ceremony was performed by which Miss Charlotte Seabing became the wife of Mr. Aulwes. The lady, like her husband, was born in Germany, where she grew to womanhood and received her education. To them was born a family of eleven children, four of whom have departed this life. Those living are as follows: Charlotte, Fred A., Henry, John, Louise (wife of Carl Westfall), Lewis and George. The children have been given good educational advantages and have become leading and well-to-do citizens of the places in which they make their home.

Mr. Aulwes uses his right of franchise in favor of the nominees of the Republican party and is a man who is well informed on general and local affairs, in which he has always taken great interest. He has never seen reason to regret his removal to the United States, for though he has been an industrious worker all his life, his efforts have been rewarded with success, and he has obtained a good living for himself and his large family. He is therefore a loyal son of his adopted county, and has trained his children to love and respect her institutions, and to uphold her laws and liberty.

~source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties; Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1894; pg 494
~transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

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