Wiegmann, a farmer on section 26, in Farmersburg
Township, Clayton County, is noteworthy as a pioneer,
having experienced the obstacles, the alternate hopes and
fears, the discouragements and hardships that confront
the early settler of a new country. Not only is Mr.
Wiegmann dauntless, prompt and active, but he is well
fitted to stand with those who labored so long and
earnestly for the settlement of a country which to-day is
all beauty, peace and prosperity. The average citizen of
to-day who is surrounded on every hand by not only the
necessities but the refinements of life, is too apt to
forget those now gone before, who endured privation and
almost penury for the benefit of posterity.
Mr. Wiegmann was born in Prussia, Germany, March 5, 1846.
His father, J.H. Wiegmann, was a native of Prussia,
Germany, and emigrated to Clayton County in 1854,
remaining here until his demise, which occurred in his
seventy-eighth year. The mother, Anna (Greiman) Wiegmann,
was also a German by birth. She still survives and keeps
house for our subject. Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Wiegmann were
blessed with two children, our subject being the eldest.
C.H. Wiegmann was eight years old when he came to this
country, and he received the very best common school
education that the little log schoolhouse in Garnavillo
Township was capable of giving. He pre-empted a tract of
land which was somewhat improved and took the first steps
toward raising a crop of grain for himself. He operated
thus for a number of years with quite successful results
and has accumulated four hundred and thirty acres of
land, three hundred and forty being prairie land and
ninety covered with timber. He makes a business of
renting his farms.
For years he has been Trustee of Farmersburg Township. No
man stands higher in the estimation of the inhabitants of
this township than does he, and the record of his good
deeds placed upon the pages of the printed volume will
prove a grander monument to his memory than
"sculptured marble or stored urn." In all
matters of interest to the general public of his
locality, our subject is accounted a public-spirited
citizen, ever ready to do his part in the promotion of
enterprise and educational advancement. Passing his
mature years among friends of a life time, Mr. Wiegmann
receives the confidence of all who know him, and is
esteemed for his sterling integrity of character and
thorough business efficiency. In the progress of township
and county he has not been an ininterested spectator, but
a prime factor, and his name is one of the most prominent
among the farmers of Clayton County. Politically, Mr.
Wiegmann is a stanch Republican.