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1899 BIOGRAPHIES  H - M
From Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language Newspaper
Published between about 1874 and 1920
These bios are from a special 25th Anniversary Edition of  September 20, 1899

Translated & Contributed by David Reineke

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I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. I have not changed the place or name spellings, but I have added some notes at the end. It reads as follows:


Hermann Hermsen


The subject of our present description is Mr. Hermsen who resides on his pretty farm near Mt. Carmel, and in addition to the cultivation of his land is occupied with good success in cattle breeding. The gentleman is well liked and esteemed among all his acquaintances and is one of the most respected German-Americans in the county.

Mr. Hermann Hermsen was born on 6 January 1850 in Lone, Lingen District, Province of Hannover. He received his early education in his hometown, after which he devoted himself to the occupation of agriculture. In 1871, he married an estimable young woman, Miss Maria Hasken. In 1875, he immigrated with his wife and children to the United States and settled in New Vienna in Dubuque County, Iowa. However, he remained there only four weeks and then moved to Kniest Township, Carroll County, where he purchased a nice piece of land of 80 acres and farmed it quite successfully. Through the years he purchased an additional 70 acres, and 160 acres in Newton Township, so that his real estate holdings now amount to 310 acres of the finest land. On 26 September 1896, he had the misfortune to lose his dear wife. His elderly, venerable mother, who is now 80 years old, is spending her twilight years with her son Hermann. His very happy marriage produced five children, namely: Hermann, Heinrich, George, Franz and Johann.

NOTES: The article states “Lone” as the place of birth, which possibly refers to the town of “Lohne bei Lingen.” There is an obituary index for the Carroll Times Herald listing an obituary for a Mrs. Hermsen published 28 August 1901, page 5, column 2.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. I have not changed the place or name spellings (for example, the article spells his name both Henrich and Heinrich), but I have added some possible corrections in brackets and some notes at the end. I also attached a scanned photo of Heinrich Hermsen that was part of the article. It reads as follows:
 

Henrich Hermsen
 

The good citizens of Kniest Township have the honor to have a representative in the United States Army in the person of Mr. Heinrich Hermsen, who as a valiant soldier took part in the war in Cuba against Spain. [Spanish-American War] He grew up in Kniest Township, and entered the military at Omaha in 1887. During the period of his service, his regiment was often employed to subdue Indian disturbances. When the war with Spain broke out, his regiment was among the first regular troops that landed and brought the Spanish to their senses. Mr. Hermsen especially distinguished himself at the battle of San Diago [Santiago] and participated in several engagements and skirmishes.

When the war ended with the total suppression of Spain, he was honorably discharged with great distinction. Taken with the notion of seeing his family once again, he returned on a visit to Kniest Township where he, like a dear and affectionate son, embraced his elderly mother and greeted his brothers and relatives, who were naturally overjoyed to see him healthy and safe and sound. Of course, the remaining citizens of Kniest Township were also happy to shake the hand of the dapper soldier after so long an absence. But the soldier did not permit himself to stay at home long; he soon reported again for duty, was mustered in, and now finds himself back in Cuba with his regiment, which according to the latest reports is located in Chienfuego.

Accompanying this article, the Anniversary Edition presents an accurate photo of the brave soldier, who has long since advanced to a higher rank.

NOTES: The article does not list place of birth or names of any relatives.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Gottlob Hensel
 

This man, of whom we print a fine picture, was born on 18 March 1829 in Authausen, Province of Saxony. After successful completing school, he devoted himself to farming. On 22 May 1851, he married Miss Karoline Schulze, a virtuous young lady, after which he went into farming for himself. He and his wife immigrated to America in 1872. They moved first to Illinois, then Wisconsin, and then to Sac Township, Sac County, Iowa, where he purchased a beautiful 160-acre farm, which he successfully managed. His dear wife died on 26 March 1882, which was a heavy and irreplaceable loss for Mr. Hensel and his children. This happy marriage produced seven children, two of whom, however, are already united with their mother in death. The names of the children still living are: Friederich, who is married in Berlin, the capitol of Prussia; Wilhelm, married to Miss Helena Jarnatz; Ernst, husband of Miss Emilie Pagel; Bertha, Mrs. Johann Krei; and Paulina, who is unmarried.

Mr. Hensel, who occupies a beautiful home in Auburn, where he has lived for several years retired from farming, is a very respected German-American, and is very popular among all his acquaintances.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

John H. Höbing [Hoebing]
 

Mr. John D. Höbing on 26 November 1848 in Quincy, Illinois. He attended school there, and at St. Francis Solanus College, and spent his youth with his parents in the country. In 1869 and 1870, he traveled and worked on farms in various states as a hired hand. In May 1871, he moved to Iowa. In the fall of 1871, he passed the examination and worked as a teacher in the public schools of Dubuque and Delaware Counties, Iowa until February 1876, when he moved to a 160-acre farm in Viola Township, Sac County, and worked four winter semesters as a teacher. In 1880 he purchased another 40 acres, and in 1883 he purchased another 80 acres which bordered on his homestead. In addition, over the course of time he has bought and sold several other properties. In 1888 and 1890, he purchased his new homestead of 107 acres on the outskirts of Breda. In 1897, he purchased another adjoining 100 acres of land, so that he is a taxpayer in two counties. In 1889, he was a participant in the first pilgrimage trip to Palestine, in which 102 people took part. On this trip, which lasted six months, there were expeditions to the large cities of America, France, Italy, and Egypt, and they also visited all of Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, and England. On 8 May 1873, he married Miss Angela M. Nieland, and this marriage produced 11 children, six of which died at a young age and have gone to a better world. The children still living are: Emma G., Frances E., George C., Edward B., and Leonard L. B. In March 1890, the family moved to their present residence in Kniest Township, where the couple plan to spend the remaining days of their life.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. I have not changed the place or name spellings, but I have added notes at the end. It reads as follows:
 

Joseph Hoffmann
 

This gentleman was born near Buffalo, New York, on 10 August 1859. When he was 4 years old he moved with his parents to Winneshiek County, Iowa, where young Joseph attended parochial school and afterwards became a farmer, helping his father on his parents’ farm. In 1874 he moved with his parents to Pleasant Valley Township, Carroll County, Iowa, where his parents purchased a farm. Mr. Joseph Hoffmann worked for his parents until he was 22, at which time he found employment on various other farms. In 1884 he purchased 80 acres in the same township which he worked on his own. On 21 February 1887 he married Miss Maria Gretemann, a virtuous young lady who was born in Winneshiek County, Iowa, on 30 September 1869. Later, Mr. Hoffmann increased his real estate by about 40 acres, and again by about 80 acres, so that today he possesses a farm of 200 acres which, by virtue of its location and the condition of its soil, can be counted among the best in the township. Mr. Hoffmann and his wife are known in the entire township and enjoy an excellent reputation. He was also elected Township Assessor and still holds this office today. Seven children were the fruit of this happy marriage, and their names are: Johann, Anna, Sophia, Franziska, Clara, Leo, and Joseph.

Notes: The article spells the names Hoffmann and Gretemann with with a double “n” at the end. I think the families today both spell the names with one “n” at the end.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. I have not changed the place or name spellings, but I have added some notes at the end. It reads as follows:
 

Lorenz Joh. Hoffmann
 

The bearer of this name has lived in Carroll County since 1874 when he moved with his parents to Pleasant Valley Township. He was born on 6 February 1853 in New York State, there attended parochial school, and after he received his First Holy Communion he devoted himself to farming and assisted his father in running his parents’ farm. In 1863, his parents moved to Winneshiek County, Iowa, and in 1874 they moved to Pleasant Valley Township, Carroll County, where his father purchased 80 acres of land. The son Lorenz Joh. worked here another three to four years on his parents’ farm, and then purchased for himself 40 acres of land in Roselle Township that he worked on his own. After a year he sold that land and purchased 80 acres in the same township, and Mr. Hoffmann lives on this farm with his family still today. On 9 February 1881 he married a virtuous young woman, Miss Anna Kennebeck, a well brought up lady who was born in McHenry County, Illinois on 27 February 1862. The young couple began their work with courage and dedication and soon had the satisfaction of being able to increase the size of their farm so that it is now 180 acres and is equipped with good buildings and a beautiful residence. This happy marriage has produced six children, namely: Franziska, Karl, Lorenz, Susanna, Heinrich and Rudolph.

NOTES: The article spells the name Hoffmann with a double “n” at the end. I think today the family spells it with one “n”. Anna Kennebeck was a daughter of George Kennebeck, Sr., who moved his family from Illinois to Roselle Township in the early 1870’s.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:

Joseph Irlmeier
 

This gentleman, an industrious and capable farmer, was born in Auerbach, Niederbayern, Germany, on 11 March 1861. After completing school, he devoted himself to agriculture and assisted his father on a farm. At age 19, he immigrated to America and settled first in Roselle Township, Carroll County, Iowa, where he found work with Mr. Geo. Bierl. He remained there for one year and then had his parents come over from Bavaria, at which time they bought themselves a farm of 200 acres in Roselle Township. On 15 May 1887, Mr. Irlmeier married Miss Magdalena Stoeckl, a respectable young woman. The young couple lived with their parents for four years, and then they bought themselves a pretty farm of 160 acres in Eden Township. The farm is especially notable for its good location, and just last spring, he built a fine large barn. The Irlmeier family enjoys a large circle of friends and, something very gratifying, an excellent reputation. This happy marriage has produced two children whose names are Franz and Joseph.

NOTES: There are a few towns in Germany called Auerbach. I think the correct one is Auerbach in Niederbayern, which is just east of Deggendorf and near the Czech Republic. Niederbayern means “lower Bavaria.”


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Joh. Ger. Janning [Johann Gerhard Janning]
 

This man is also an old pioneer of Kniest Township and has lived and owned land there now for 29 years. Mr. Joh. G. Janning was born on 1 February 1831 in Bramsche, District of Lingen, Province of Hanover. In the spring of 1861, he came to America and made his way first to Grant County, Wisconsin, where he worked on farms for five years and farmed for himself on a rented farm for four years. In September of 1866, he married Miss Anna Pulz, but his wife died just the following year. On 28 April 1868, he married Miss Barbara Roth, and in 1870 the young couple moved to Kniest Township, Carroll County, Iowa, where they purchased an 80-acre parcel of land. From time to time, the hard-working and industrious landowner expanded his real estate, so that today he owns a farm of 280 acres of the finest land. Ten children were the fruits of this happy marriage: Anna Maria, Mrs. Wm. Schenkelberg; Johann Anton, married to Miss Louise Augustin; George; Franz; Bernhard; Heinrich; Barbara; Katharina; Elisabeth; and Anna.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920.  It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899.  Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations.  It reads as follows:
 

Mathias Jülich [Juelich]
 

The family of Mr. Mathias Jülich in Carroll Township [now Maple River Township] is also among the most well-known German-American families, and Mr. Jülich is widely respected due to his honesty and integrity.   He was born on 25 September 1844 in Altenburg, County of Ahrweiler, Germany.  He spent his early childhood and received his early education in his hometown.  In 1855, his parents immigrated to America and stayed first with friends near Chicago.  In the following spring, the family moved to Lyons, Clinton County, Iowa, where young Mathias then received further schooling.  When his school days were over, the young man worked in a sawmill, and on 2 April 1869, he married Miss Julia Dung, a respected and estimable young lady.  The young couple lived another year in Lyons, and then they moved to a farm, which was about 12 miles from the town.  In 1877, Mr. Jülich and his family moved to Carroll Township, Carroll County, where he purchased a farm, and the family has lived there up to the present day.  Later, in addition to the 120-acre parcel, he purchased another 40 acres, and also 480 acres in Antelope County, Nebraska, so that his entire real estate consists of 640 acres of the finest land, which is equipped with good, solid buildings.

Mr. Jülich had [first] come to Iowa [perhaps meaning western Iowa] in 1866, where he found employment on the railroad line that was to be built.  At first, he did the work from where the town of Carroll now stands up to Tip Top, the present Arcadia.  At that time, as he relates to us, the heavy posts used in the railroad bridges were pounded [into the ground?] in present Grant Township.  He liked the area extremely well, and so he then began to form the plan of settling here, which he carried out following a later visit in the above-mentioned year [probably referring to 1877]. 

This happy marriage was blessed with 15 children, 6 sons and 9 daughters, all of whom are in good health.  The names of the children are: Maria, wife of Mr. Martin Berger; Joseph, living in Nebraska and married to Elise Thiemann; Heinrich, a partner in the business of Berger & Jülich in Mt. Carmel; Katharina, wife of Mr. Nick. Thelen; Engelbert, living in Nebraska and married to Maria Pape; Josephina; Franziska; Margaretha; Leo; Anna; Fritz and Lena, twins; Carl; Clara; and Julia.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Franz Kawi
 

Among the residents of Kniest Township is Mr. Kawi, a sociable Westphalian and a well-known personality. He was born on 2 June 1852 in Minden, Westphalia. On 20 November 1880, he married the respected Miss Maria Schulte from Hagen, Westphalia. In 1882, he had the misfortune of losing an eye at an ironworks. But, active and industrious as he is, he sees more with one eye than others see with two. He came to America in 1884. He made his way quickly to the West and settled initially in Maple River Junction, where he worked at times on the railroad or made himself useful at other jobs. After he had lived there for five years, he moved to Kniest Township, not far from Mt. Carmel, where he is a very sought-after and skilled worker who knows how to work in the widest variety of jobs and leads a peaceful and pleasant life, respected by all his fellow-citizens in Kniest Township. This happy marriage has produced six children who enjoy a good upbringing. The children’s names are: Bernhard, Konrad, Anna, Elisabeth, Katharina, and Agnes.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920.  It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899.  Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations.  It reads as follows:
 

Dr. A. Kessler
 

We have the pleasure of being able to present an excellent portrait of Dr. A. Kessler, a man who has the reputation of being one of the finest and most conscientious doctors of Carroll County.  He was born in 1858 in Johnson County, Iowa.  When he was one year old, his parents moved to Michigan, where they stayed for seven years, and then they moved back to Johnson County.  When he was 13, the family moved to Cass County. 

Dr. Kessler graduated from the State University, attended medical college in Chicago, and the Medical Hospital College in Louisville, Kentucky, where he received his diploma with distinction.  In 1889, he came to Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa, and he enjoys a large practice.

NOTES: Dr. Kessler’s parents were German immigrants. His first name was Alois.  There is a more-complete biography of him in Paul Maclean’s 1912 county history.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. I have not changed the place or name spellings, but I have added some notes at the end, and also attached a scanned copy below. It reads as follows:
 

Nickolaus Kirsch
 

This gentleman is also a very old settler of Carroll County, for he has lived in Roselle Township since 1872. He is among the most progressive farmers in Carroll County, and has not only invested much effort to introduce a superior breed of cattle, but also has been constantly intent on cultivating the best varieties of corn here.

Mr. Kirsch was born in Holsdum, County of Bittburg, Germany, on 4 December 1813. After finishing school, he worked on his parents’ farm or with other farmers. He came to America in 1867, and settled first in Wisconsin, where, however, he remained only one year. He then moved to Illinois where he worked again for seven years, and in 1872 he settled in Roselle Township, Carroll County, Iowa. He purchased a 120-acre parcel of land that he has farmed successfully since then, and has furnished it with fine buildings. On 15 April 1875, Mr. Kirsch married the virtuous Miss Katharina Neppel. This marriage has produced six children, three of whom died at a tender age. The names of those still living are: Andreas, Maria, and Katharina. The Kirsch family enjoys a good reputation and is much liked everywhere.

NOTES: The attached scan includes a very faded photo of the Kirsch farm, with the caption, “The inner portion of the farm of Mr. Nickolaus Kirsch.” The article states that he was born in “Holsdum” in “Bittburg” County, Germany. I am reasonably certain that this should be the town of “Holsthum,” which is just a few miles southwest of “Bitburg.” Both towns are in the far west part of Germany, about 20 miles northwest of the city of Trier, and very close to the Luxemburg border. The article also says that he came to America in 1867, worked one year in Wisconsin and seven years in Illinois, and then came to Roselle Township in 1872. The dates do not add up.


I translated the following article from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920.  It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899.  Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations.  It reads as follows:
 

Knudsen & Wiederhold
 

The above-named men are manufacturers and wholesalers of cigars.  John Knudsen, the elder shareholder of the firm, has now been employed in the making of cigars for 22 years.  Wm. Wiederhold, the younger shareholder, has now been active in the business for 10 years.  Both men are esteemed and respected by all the citizens of Carroll County.  They associated in the above-named firm in July 1898, and their works is located above Sol Loeb’s clothing store. Under their direction and special supervision, between ten and twelve thousand cigars are manufactured each month, which on account of their quality are very quickly sold.  They make a specialty in the well-known “City Pride” cigar.  They have an excellent name since they really are the pride of the city and are the preferred smoke of all connoisseurs.

The firm enjoys constantly growing sales and increase in customers in Carroll as well as in neighboring counties.  The owners are very obliging men who have made it their special duty to produce only the best product at reasonable prices, and therefore they have earned the good support of their customers.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Eberhard Kölker [Koelker]
 

Mr. Eberhard Kölker and his dear life’s companion, who are pictured in a photo published in the Anniversary Edition, are undoubtedly among the most respected and popular German-Americans. Papa Kölker has already lived 80 summers, but the respected old man still enjoys a mental vigor such as one seldom sees in old age. The old and friendly gentleman will be considered as the senior in Kniest Township and St. Mary’s Parish, and he is gladly paid the respect that he deserves. Mr. Eberhard Kölker was born on 29 September 1819 in the District of Fürstenau, Province of Hanover, Germany. In 1852 he emigrated to the United States of North America. At that time in this country, the German culture was not as strongly represented as it is today and, among the nativists, it was not yet granted the respect that it later gained by virtue of its numerical strength. The old man could certainly tell a few stories attesting to the fact that life for a German in those days was no bed of roses. But bravely and honestly he managed, and initially made a homestead in Clayton County, Iowa. In 1853, through the blessing of the priest, he was married to Miss Maria Elisabeth Göttken. This marriage produced five children, of which, however, only Bernhard and Elisabeth (Mrs. Frank Hagen) are still living. On 14 May 1866, he had the misfortune to lose his dear life’s companion through death. In the following year, he married Miss Matia Rösener. And this marriage produced four children, of which, however, only Louis, Joseph, and Anna are still living. In 1873, Mr. Kölker moved to Kniest Township, Carroll County, where he purchased 200 acres of land where the old man still lives with his family, respected and esteemed by all his acquaintances.

NOTES: The biography refers to the “nativists.” During the 1850’s the nativists were an anti-immigrant group active around the United States including in Iowa. They were generally anti-Catholic, opposed German and Irish immigration, and were responsible for occasional acts of violence directed against immigrants. The members were supposedly sworn to secrecy concerning the organization and were also called the “Know-Nothings.” In 1856, the nativists formed the American Party and nominated Millard Fillmore for President. In Iowa, the movement was not so harsh. The nativists and the Know-Nothings were associated with the birth of the Republican Party in Iowa in 1856 and favored temperance and longer waiting periods for citizenship. Many Germans continued to support the Republican Party, probably because of its anti-slavery platform, but most German immigrants in Iowa supported the Democratic Party.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Louis Kölker [Koelker]
 

Here we introduce into the scope of our review a young man who first saw the light of the world in Carroll County. That was on 6 March 1870. He received here his youthful education, and following school, he devoted himself to farming and assisted his father in operating the farm in Kniest Township. He worked loyally and industriously on his parents’ farm until 1894 when, on the 3rd of October, he led his chosen one to the marriage altar. That was Miss Theresia Berger, a virtuous and esteemed young lady. He moved to his newly established home, consisting of 100 acres. Mr. Kölker is a young, progressive German farmer, who has labored with good success. He is also very popular and respected in the entire township and has already held several offices of distinction. He was Justice of the Peace for two years, and still today Mr. Kölker holds the office of Township Assessor. His home farm is in a good state of affairs and is equipped with fine buildings. The above excellent picture, the original of which was taken on his wedding day, shows him with his dear wife. This very happy marriage has produced two children: Mabel and Myrtel.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Wilhelm Lesle
 

This man was born in Zaatzke, near Wittstock, Province of Brandenburg, on 4 May 1831. After successfully completing school, he devoted himself to farming, and in 1854, he went to Spandau as a soldier in the 24th Infantry Regiment. After two and a half years of service, he was honorably discharged. He then married Miss Louise Krohn, a fine young lady. In 1857, he and his wife came by way of Canada to America, where they settled near Burlington, Wisconsin. After 12 years there, the family moved to Sac Township, Sac County, Iowa, where they purchased a 120-acre property. From 1865 to 1866, he was inducted as a soldier in the United States Army and was then discharged with honors. He then returned again to the plow, and after selling the above-mentioned farm, he acquired a 160-acre farm in the same township. Gradually, Mr. Lesle purchased another 240 acres, but he later signed 80 acres each to both of his sons. In 1891, Mr. Lesle and his wife retired from farming and moved to the little town of Auburn to enjoy the fruits of their successful labor, but unfortunately his dear life’s companion died on 11 April 1894. This happy marriage produced five children, two of whom died at a young age. Mr. Lesle was a loyal subscriber to the Demokrat and has been a constant and attentive reader since it first appeared. May the jovial old man be granted sunny twilight years.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Christ. Löffelholz [Christian Loeffelholz]
 

Anyone who is acquainted with the residents of Kniest [Township] also has the pleasure of knowing the jovial Christ. Löffelholz, of whom we publish [in another place in this paper] an excellent picture. Mr. Christ. Löffelholz was born on 25 April 1840 in Heuthen, County of Heiligenstadt, District of Erfurt, Province of Saxony, Germany, where he received his youthful education. After being released from school, he devoted himself to agriculture. He helped his father in operating the parental farm, but when he was 17 years old, he had the misfortune to lose his father through death. He worked on various farms up until 1864, when he took up the hiking staff and toured Bavaria, Wuerttemberg, and the beautiful Father Rhine. He stayed for three weeks in Alsace-Lorraine, and on 31 October 1865, he carried out his long-held decision to travel to the free country of America. On 1 January 1866, he set foot on the shore of America, landing in New York Harbor. He immediately turned towards the West, and settled in New Vienna, Iowa. At first he worked in a woolen mill, then in a brewery, and in 1869 he worked as a clerk in a store while also assisting in a barroom. On 26 April 1870, he came to Kniest Township, Carroll County to work a piece of land in that township which he had purchased a year earlier. On 15 June 1870 he married Miss Margaretha Wilkens, and this bride and groom were the first couple to be proclaimed married at St. Mary’s Church in Mt. Carmel by Rev. Father Heimbucher. While Mr. Christ. Löffelholz has been living on his land in Kniest Township, he has equipped his farm with a splendid residence as well as solid buildings, so that his farm may be counted among the best in Kniest Township. On account of his straightforward and open character, he is esteemed and popular and enjoys the respect of all his acquaintances. In the Mt. Carmel Protection Society Against Fire, he has at various times held important offices and is on the board of directors. On 15 June 1895, he and his dear wife celebrated their silver wedding anniversary, in which all their acquaintances very happily participated. Unfortunately, the worthy couple has not been immune from the decrees of God. After five of their children had died, a brave and virtuous daughter had to undergo a dangerous operation due to a tumor, and she succumbed to her illness on 11 May 1899, at the age of 24 years, 3 months, and 15 days. She is deeply mourned by her sorely tested parents, her loving siblings, and all her acquaintances. The names of the children still living are: Bernhard, Maria, Johann, Franz Martin, Joseph Albert, and Theresia Elisabeth.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899. Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
 

Hermann Luchtel
 

This man, who appears in a picture with his estimable wife, although not among the earliest settlers of Carroll County, along with his family, still holds a respected place among all the German society in Carroll County. He is a progressive and practical farmer, and his equipment, most of it produced by his own hand, may be considered exemplary.

Mr. Hermann Luchtel was born in New Vienna, Dubuque County, Iowa on 28 July 1850. As a studious young boy he attended school there, and then he devoted himself to farming and worked there until he was 22 years old. He then purchased a parcel of land in Delaware County, and on 16 July 1872 he married Miss Sophia Grote, a well-brought-up young woman. Mr. Luchtel then moved with his young wife to the previously-purchased farm, which he worked successfully for six years. He then sold the farm and established a new home in Wheatland Township, Carroll County, purchasing a farm of 120 acres, where the family lived until 1890. Mr. Luchtel then acquired another farm of 120 acres in the same township, and then another 120 acres of adjoining land, where the family still lives today. This true Christian marriage produced six children: Maria, Anna, Heinrich, Clemens, Hermann, and Clara.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920.  It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899.  Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations.  It reads as follows:
 

Chas. H. Ludwig
 

The subject of our current description is one of the best-known and most-popular business people in Carroll County, and Mr. Chas. H. Ludwig has the reputation of being a completely honest and reliable businessman. 

He was born on 27 November 1853 in Birkenriede, Germany.  After the promising boy had attended a few years of school in his hometown, his parents immigrated to America and settled in Joe Davis County, Wisconsin.  [There does not appear to be such a county in Wisconsin.]  Here, young Charles commenced and completed his studies in elementary school.  In 1869, his parents moved to Kniest Township, Carroll County, where his father purchased a farm.  Charles H., who meanwhile had grown to promising youth, turned to farming, either assisting his father part-time on the farm, or operated a threshing machine.  But he had an urge to go into a commercial occupation, and he then went to the town of Carroll, where he first worked a year as a shop assistant for Mr. Wayne, and then a year for Messrs. Wayne and Arts, who had become partners, and then three years for Mr. Arts, who had taken over the business for himself.  Then Mr. Ludwig worked a year for Geo. Everts, and then he associated with Mr. H. E. Stevens, and they opened a general merchandise store.  In the fall of 1880, Mr. Chas. Ludwig married Miss Elisabeth Niens from Port Washington, Wisconsin.  In 1882, Mr. Stevens withdrew from the business and Mr. Christ Ludwig, a brother of Charles H., took over Mr. Stevens’s share.  Since the business had experienced an unexpected and large increase, the store premises soon became too small.  The Ludwig brothers purchased a neighboring lot and built a two-story business building, in which the large business is still located today.   Mr. Christ Ludwig died in April 1898, at which time Mr. Chas. H. Ludwig took over the entire stock, valued at $24,000, on his own.

The dimensions of the store are 24 feet wide, and 100 feet long, and the basement, store area, and upper storage rooms constitute an area of 7200 square feet, and this space is filled with merchandise that is not to be found in any smaller store in Carroll.  The total inventory of merchandise at the moment represents a value of $30,000 and is large enough for a town with four times the population.  Mr. Ludwig is assisted by four shop assistants, who are almost always busy helping to fulfill the wishes of the customers.  That is the result of a business career of an industrious, honest and reliable businessman.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920.  It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899.  Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations.  It reads as follows:


 

Rev. Gerh. Heinr. Lührsmann [Gerhard Heinrich Luehrsmann]
 

This Reverend Gentleman has been the pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Mt. Carmel since 1892, and during this time he has earned the love and affection of all his parishioners. Due to the repeated destruction of the church by fire, the St. Mary’s Parish was rather run-down, and when Rev. Father Lührsmann took over leadership of the parish, it was also considerably in debt. Today, St. Mary’s Parish in Mt. Carmel is debt-free, and in addition, it is decorated with beautiful wall and ceiling paintings, magnificent altars adorn the church, a large pipe organ sounds to the glory of God, and in respect to the other furnishings of the beautiful church, it can be said that St. Mary’s, the mother church of Carroll County, is far and wide the most beautiful in form as well as in fixtures. Through the careful works of this energetic pastor, the interior of the church stands completed and, just during the last year, another addition was achieved in the architectural perfection of the church property—a worthy priest’s residence. Where such successes are to be noted, one can and must say that they are due to a beneficial and harmonious cooperation between priest and laity.

The Rev. Father Lührsmann was born on 23 December 1835 in Wallenhorst, Osnabrück District, Province of Hanover. He spent his childhood years and attended elementary school there, and in 1849 his parents emigrated to the United States of North America and settled initially in Cincinnati. In 1862, the reverend gentleman entered the priests’ seminary in Milwaukee, and on 18 December 1869 he succeeded in fulfilling his deepest wish and was ordained a priest by the late Bishop Luers of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. On Christmas Day of the same year, he celebrated his first Holy Mass in New Vienna, Iowa. Then the energetic priest was transferred to a missionary assignment in Baden, Keokuk County, to which belonged 14 stations in three different counties. Then he was called to Gutemberg [should probably be Guttenberg], Clayton County, where he built the beautiful church constructed of quarried stone. Then he was called to Lyons, Clinton County, where he enlarged the church and founded the school operated by the nuns. The energetic priest was there for eight years, and then he was transferred to Alton, Sioux County, where he again established an elementary school conducted by the nuns. It is also noteworthy that four students have gone forth from this educational institution to prepare for the priesthood. The Reverend Father Lührsmann spent eight years in this parish and cared for Sioux, Osceola, and O’Brien Counties, because he was the only German priest in those three counties. He was then called to St. Mary’s Church in Mt. Carmel, where he did his blessed work and earned the respect of all the parishioners. On 18 December 1899 he will have the great happiness of celebrating his 30th anniversary as a priest, which will certainly be appropriately celebrated by the entire parish.

NOTES: Father Lührsmann died in 1916 and is buried in Breda.


I translated the following biography from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920.  It was originally published in a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the paper on Friday, 20 September 1899.  Information in brackets and notes at the end are my own explanations.  It reads as follows:
 

Johann Meisel
 

In the above portrait is presented an excellent picture of Mr. Johann Meisel and his respected wife.  Mr. Meisel was born on 2 November 1830 in Odenhausen, District of Erfurt, Province of Saxony.  After successfully attending school, he learned the trade of linen weaver, and he lived with his parents until he was 23 years old.  On 10 August 1853, he married Miss Friederika Stange, after which he worked another two years at his trade in his hometown.  He then immigrated with his young wife to the United States of North America and settled in Peru County, Illinois.  He then took up farming, and he rented a farm where he lived for three years with his wife.  They then purchased an 80-acre farm in Peru County, and after a few years they purchased an additional 96 acres.  They lived on this farm for 29 years, and they then sold the land and moved to Roselle Township, Carroll County, Iowa, where they acquired 120 acres.  They later purchased another 85 acres in Washington Township, and a while later another 160 acres, so that their entire real estate consists of 365 acres of the finest land, which, because of its excellent location, its quality of soil, and its good and solid buildings, may be considered among the most valuable of properties.  After many years of the greatest industriousness and extremely hard work, the couple longed for retirement.  So, Mr. Meisel and his wife purchased an elegant home in the First Ward in Carroll and moved there in 1894, in order to enjoy he fruits of their successful labor.  They have lived here now for five years, and they are among the most respected German-American families, and they are very respected and popular among all their acquaintances because of their great integrity and their compassion for the sufferings of others.  This very happy marriage has produced seven children: Augusta, married to Mr. Anton Hoffart; Anna, married to Mr. Nickolaus Backes; Johanna, married to Mr. Fred. Hoscheid [possibly should be Hoscheit]; Maria, married to Mr. Albert Hoscheid [Hoscheit]; Heinrich, married to Miss Julia Guegel; Benjamin, married to Miss Katharina Williams; and Emma, married to Mr. Heinrich Rose.

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