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History of Clinton County, Iowa
ed. by P. B. Wolfe. 2 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1911.


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Nicholas Naeve, Jr.

The Naeve family is eminently deserving in every respect to be mentioned at proper length in a history of Clinton county, owing to the fact that its several members have borne the very best of reputations and have been, without exception, industrious and have done their full share in developing the county. They are known as progressive agriculturists and believe in keeping abreast of the times.

One of the well known representatives of this family is Nicholas Naeve, Jr., who has a valuable and well-kept landed estate in Hampshire township. He was born in this county, on April 21, 1869, and is the son of Nicholas Naeve, Sr., and Lizzie Henicke, both born in Germany, the former on August 23, 1832, and the latter on May 6, 1839. The father came to America with his parents in 1846 or 1847, and this family located at Davenport, near which city the subject's grandfather, Fred Naeve, owned a farm, and there Nicholas Naeve, Sr., grew to maturity and became a farmer. He was educated in the schools there, and he was married in that locality in about 1860, coming to Clinton county soon afterwards and renting land until he could get a start. He finally bought one hundred and sixty acres in Center township and later bought one hundred and seventy acres in Hampshire township. He was a very successful farmer and became a man of considerable influence in his community. His family consisted of eight sons and four daughters, namely: William, deceased; Henry, Mrs. Mary Bohaldt, Mrs. Louisa Stigemann, Fred, Mrs. Anna Ehlers, Chris, Nicholas, Jr., Mrs. Carrie Schroeder and Albert.

Nicholas Naeve, Jr., of this review, received his education in the public schools and he began very early to assist his father with the general work on the home farm and he remained there with him. When he married he moved on the farm of one hundred and seventy acres in Hampshire township, which he has worked to advantage, keeping up to a high standard of improvement and making a pronounced success of general farming and stock raising. He has a good farm and a very comfortable home, and he believes in keeping everything in first class condition about his place, being one of the leading farmers in this community.

Mr. Naeve was married on March 5, 1895 to Mita Aheins, who was born in Center township, this county, on July 2, 1870. She is the daughter of Christopher Aheins, a native of Germany and one of the first settlers of Center township, where he was well known and prominent among the pioneers. Here Mrs. Naeve was reared and educated. She has borne her husband one interesting child, Hortensa, whose birth occurred on October 23, 1904.