ANDREW C. JUHL. The German element in our American citizenship is an important one. The Teutonic race has taken an active part in the civilization of the world and the sons of the fatherland who have come to America have been quick to adapt themselves to the conditions of the new world and to take advantage of business openings here afforded. Mr. Juhl, possessing many of the sterling characteristics of his German ancestry, has become a well known representative citizen of Menard county. He resides in range 8, township 18, where he carries on general agricultural pursuits, his birth occurring January 29, 1852, in Schleswig-Holstein, which province was then a part of Denmark. His parents were Hans and Mary (Smith) Juhl, and the father was a farmer by occupation. He being the eldest in a family of eleven children inherited his father's property in accordance with the laws of succession and thus became the owner of seven tuns of land, amounting to from one hundred and twenty to one hundred and fifty acres, according to American measure. He has one sister who is yet living in Schleswig-Holstein upon a farm and who is the wife of John Winter. Hans Juhl carried on agricultural pursuits in his native country throughout his entire life and died in the year 1891, when seventy-seven years of age. In his family were twelve children, of whom Andrew C. is the third in order of birth. The record is as follows: Matt, who resides in Webster City, Iowa, having large farming interests in that part of the state; Hannah, who is the wife of Pete Miller, a resident of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Andrew C., of this review; Peter, who is engaged in the practice of veterinary surgery in New York city; Christina, who married Andrew Smith, but both are now deceased; Magdalena, who married Luther Smith and resides in Denmark; Mary, who is the wife of Pete Orup, also living in Denmark; Hans C., who is a retired farmer residing in Omaha, Nebraska; James, who lives in township 18, Menard county; Christopher, who makes his home in the same township; Louisa and Mary, both of whom are married and reside in Denmark. This is a remarkable record for longevity, there being but one death in this large family of children. The mother is also yet living in Denmark and is now seventy-four years of age, her birth having occurred in 1830.
Andrew C. Juhl acquired his education in public schools of Denmark and has always followed farming. He came to America in 1873 when about twenty-one years of age, for he had heard favorable reports concerning business opportunities in the new world and thought that he might acquire a competence more rapidly in this country. Accordingly he crossed the Atlantic and beginning work as a farm hand, he was employed in this way three years. On the expiration of that period he thought his capital was sufficient to justify him in carrying on farming on his own account and therefore he rented a tract of land, beginning its further development and cultivation. He continued to rent land for about six years then with the money he had acquired through his own labors he made his first purchase of land in 1884. Since that time he has added at intervals to his property and he now owns five hundred and twenty acres worth eighty dollars per acre. He has made all of the improvements upon his farm and now has one of the best properties in the agricultural districts of Menard county. Everything about his place is kept in excellent condition and the farm is the visible evidence of his life of carefully directed labor, for he came to America empty-handed and all that he has achieved is the reward of his persistent effort and diligence.
In 1876 Mr. Juhl was married to Miss Louisa Baker, who is of German birth and who prior to her marriage resided in Sand Ridge, Menard county. Six children have been born unto them: Hall, who resides at home; Walter, now deceased, who married Alice Smith and since his death his widow has made her home with her father, S. M. Smith; Ollie, who married Walter Watkins and is living in township 18, Menard county; Hattie, who is the wife of William J. Houghton; Emma, who resides upon the home farm at the age of fifteen years; and Elsie, who is twelve years of age and completes the family.
Mr. Juhl is a Republican in his political belief and has been called to serve in several local offices, acting as school trustee, as school director and as road commissioner. He belongs to the Lutheran church, while his wife is a member of the Methodist church. Both are worthy of the esteem in which they are so uniformly held and they certainly deserve representation in the volume. Mr. Juhl has not been disappointed in America, its advantages and its prospects and has never had occasion to regret his determination to establish his home in the new world, for here he has prospered as the years have gone by and is now one of the substantial farmers of his locality.