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Date: 3/24/2009 at 19:39:27

GEORGE WIEDERRECHT is pleasantly situated on a farm four miles from Wapello, on section 29, Jefferson Township. He was born in Baden, Germany, in 1825, and is a son of Philip and Catherine (Anthony) Wiederrecht, who were natives of Germany, and the parents of ten children, of whom our subject was second in order of birth. The parents lived and died in their native land, the mother departing this life in 1888, and the father in 1842. At the age of twenty-two years our subject took passage in an American sailing-vessel, the "Independent," and after a pleasant voyage of thirty days landed in New York City. Going direct[ly] to Buffalo he was engaged at various labors in and around that city for eight years. On the 9th of January, 1853, at Buffalo, N. Y., he led to the marriage altar Miss Saloma Sulzberger. a native of Baden, Germany, of which place her parents, Jacob and Lizzie (Schaefer) Sulzberger, were also natives. Her father was a ropemaker by trade, and both parents died in the Fatherland. Mrs. Wiederrecht made the trip to America alone, and settled for a short time near Buffalo, N. Y.

In the month of November, 1854, our subject emigrated to Louisa County, Iowa, where he rented a farm in Port Louisa Township for eight years. At the expiration of that time he purchased forty acres of unbroken land, which he immediately began to clear, and from which he developed a fine farm. By perseverance and industry Mr. Wiederrecht was enabled to add to this until he now has 379 acres of well-cultivated land. He has some pasture land which is stocked with Durham cattle, Poland-China hogs, and a good grade of horses. In his political views our subject votes with the Republican party. He has been School Director for a number of terms, and is a friend to all educational institutions. He and his wife are members of the Congregational Church at Grand View. To Mr. and Mrs. Wiederrecht have been born six children: George is married, and resides in Jefferson Township, this county; Saloma, now Mrs. Lieberknecht,lives in Grand View Township; Louis is married, and resides near the home farm; Elizabeth is the wife of Mr. Kreiner; and Frederick and Katherine are still under the parental roof.

Source: Portraits and Biographies copyrighted by Chapman Bros. 1885


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