The late Herman Paul, who was a native of West Posen, Germany, and whose parents died when he was a small child, was born on May 2, 1850. After living among strangers until 1872 or 1873, he came to the United States and locating in Illinois, worked near Bloomington for seven or eight years, when he came to the state of Iowa, and located in Cass county.|
Purchasing eighty acres of land in section 36, of Audubon township, in 1882, he lived alone on the farm for two years, until March 13, 1884, when he was united in marriage to Elise Schmidt, who was born on January 12, 1862, in Thuring, a part of Saxony, Germany, and who was the daughter of Nick and Elizabeth (Kirchner) Schmidt. The Schmidt family came to America in May, 1882, and after arriving in New York City, came direct to Iowa, locating in Cass county, where the parents of Mrs. Paul lived until their death.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul had eight children, seven of whom are living. Of these children, Ida, who was born December 24, 1884, married Frank Barber, an auctioneer of Cass county, and they have three children, Belle, Paul and Pearl (twins). Anna was born on July 19, 1886, and died March 11, 1899; Martha, May 27, 1887, married William Schlee; Albert, April 25, 1890, married Bertha Holland; William, May 5, 1891, lives at home; Mary, July 8, 1893, married George Vokt; Walter, April 21, 1899, and Eliza, January 17, 1903, also live at home.
Before Mr. Paul's death, in an accident, on October 16, 1906, he had purchased eighty acres additional land in Audubon county and a hundred and sixty acres in Cass county. During his life the late Herman Paul applied himself diligently to farming and accumulated a comfortable competence in farming land. Since his death in 1906 Mrs. Paul has ably managed the farm property which he left.
An active member of the German Lutheran church during his life, the late Herman Paul was a Republican in politics, although he never held any office. Primarily he was a man who was devoted to his home and to his family, and cared little about the outside interests of life. He is remembered as a man of honorable and humane impulses, and one who, loving his wife and children dearly, made every possible preparation for their comfort and happiness. Respected and admired in the neighborhood where he lived, he left at the time of his death besides his widow and children a large number of friends to mourn his loss in this community.
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. 619-620.