Andrew Hesner was born in the
province of Bavaria, Germany, April 7, 1819, and was a
son of M. and Sophia (Gindar) Hesner, of German nativity.
Andrew received a good education, and assisted on the
farm until he was twenty-one years old, then served six
years and ten months in the German army; and was in the
war of 1848. At the close of the war he returned to his
home and was a revenue officer in Wurtzburg, Bavaria, for
two years. His marriage occurred on Oct. 5, 1850, to
Frederica Rutael, who was born in Rutenhausen, Bavaria,
and was a daughter of Michael and Sophia Rutael, nee
Rodar. The day following their marriage Mr. and Mrs.
Hesner set sail for America, and landed in New York after
a journey of fifty-four days. They resided in Buffalo,
N.Y., until June, 1851, and then went to Hamilton County,
O. In the spring of 1855 they came to Clayton County, and
settled on his present farm in Lodomillo Township. He
owns a fine farm of 288 acres, 165 under cultivation and
thoroughly stocked and containing many valuable
improvements. He enlisted in March, 1864, in Company D.
Twenty-first Iowa Infantry Volunteers, and served until
the close of the war. Mr. and Mrs. Hesner have had six
children-- Andrew, married Lauretta Dewey; John, married
Josephine Preston; George, married Mary A. Corkery; Anna,
now Mrs. Phineas Wandell; Henry, married Mary Preston,
and Charley, thirteen years old. Mr. Hesner has held
various local offices of trust, and has always taken an
interest in eduational matters.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 892-893
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