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Among the prosperous, enterprising and skillful farmers of Sharon township, Audubon county, Iowa, is Hans A. Bladt, the owner of three hundred and seventy-five acres of land in Sharon township, who was born on May 8, 1878, in Schleswig, Germany, and who died a son of Jacob and Anna Margaret Bladt, natives of Denmark and of Germany, respectively. After their marriage in Germany, where Jacob Bladt, who was a laborer, [Jacob] came with his wife to America in 1903, and located in Audubon county. They are now living in Sharon township, having retired from active work. Their children were, Jacob, Fred, Hans A., Peter, Rasmus, Nels, Marie and John.

Hans A. Bladt received his education both in the schools of Germany and Denmark, and after leaving school came to America, locating in Sharon township, Audubon county, Iowa, where for five years he worked as a farm hand. Subsequently, he rented a farm of eighty acres for a number of years, and then purchased one hundred and sixty acres in this township. He is now the owner of three hundred and seventy-five acres, all in a high state of cultivation and he also carries on mixed farming. Mr. Bladt feeds about one and one-half carloads of cattle every year and, approximately, one hundred and fifty head of hogs. He keeps thorough-bred Shorthorn cattle, and raises about one hundred and fifty acres of corn, which averages fifty bushels to the acre and eighty acres of small grain, as well as ten acres of alfalfa, and fifty acres of hay, and altogether Mr. Bladt has invested more than eight thousand dollars on his farm. He has improved the soil by careful fertilization, drained the land and built hundreds of rods of the best fences.

In 1898 Hans A. Bladt was married to Carrie Olesen, the daughter of Ole Olesen, and to this union four children have been born, Marie, Anna, Ole and Emma. Mrs. Bladt was bom in Illinois, although her parents were natives of Denmark, who came to this country shortly after their marriage and located in that state. Later, they moved to Iowa, locating in Audubon county, where her father farmed until his death. Her mother is still living on the old home place in this township. Mrs. Bladt is one of two children born to her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Hans Bladt are faithful and earnest members of the Danish Lutheran church, in which they are actively interested, and to the support of which they are liberal contributors. Politically, Mr. Bladt is a Republican, and he is a public-spirited, enterprising and genial man, a progressive citizen and is well entitled to the high regard of his neighbors. Year by year he has gone on performing his day's duties with the zest of a man who is earnest in his work, and as a toiler who has been carefully trained in husbandry, and he well deserves the admiration which is accorded him by the people of his neighborhood and county.

Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 837-838.