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One of the most extensive farmers in Greeley township, Audubon county, Iowa, who is at present engaged in farming three hundred and twenty acres of land, comprising the home farm of his father, and who makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred Norman horses, is Fred J. Wahlert, Jr., who was born on December 18, 1875, in Hancock county, Illinois. He is the son of Fred, Sr., and Amy (Polm) Wahlert, natives of Germany, who came from the province of Holstein.

Fred Wahlert, Sr., who was born on March 29, 1840, is the son of John and Arsby (Starmonn) Wahlert, natives of Schleswig-Holstein. He came to America at the age of twenty-six years in 1866 and, after working at various occupations in the state of Illinois, where he farmed for twelve years, he came to Audubon county in 1881 and purchased two hundred and forty acres of land. He was married to Amy Palm, August 18, 1862. Five children were born to this marriage, of whom Fred, Jr., is the eldest.

When the Wahlert family came to Audubon county, Fred J., Jr., was six years old. On March 16, 1897, he was married in Audubon county, Iowa, to Clara Porter, who was born on June 27, 1878, in Washington countv, Iowa. She is the daughter of John and Jennie (Godel) Porter, natives of Ireland and Illinois, respectively, who came to Audubon county about 1883.

To Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Wahlert, Jr., have been born five children: Clarence A., born on January 11, 1898; Elva V., September 7, 1900; Thelma V., March 16, 1903; Randall P., January 17, 1906, and Raymond F., September 8, 1912.

Mr. Wahlert is independent in politics and declines to be attached permanently to any party. He has never held office. Mrs. Wahlert is a member of the Congregational church and is active in the affairs of this congregation.

The Wahlert family is one of the very oldest in this section and Fred J. Wahlert, Jr., is a young man peculiarly equipped to uphold the traditions of the family. He is enterprising, industrious and popular in the community--a young man who, in every way, is entitled to bear the name of his venerable father.

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. 495-496.
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