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Theodore Berns Jr.

Theodore Berns became the owner of the fine old homestead on which he was born, in Jefferson township, and long held precedence as one of the representative agriculturists and stock-growers of his native county. He still retains possession of his fine landed estate, but since 1910 he has lived virtually retired in the little city of Guttenberg, where he erected a fine brick residence which has since been his place of abode and which is one of the most modern and attractive homes in this part of the county.

Mr. Berns was born in Jefferson township on the 6th of November, 1860, and is a son of Theodore and Mary Berns, who were born in Prussia and who became sterling pioneers of Clayton county, Iowa, where they continued to reside on their old homestead farm until their death, both having been zealous communicants of the Catholic church and the father having been a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party. Theodore Berns was reared and educated in his native land and came to the United States and to Clayton county, Iowa, about the year 1845. He purchased a small tract of land in Jefferson township and by his indefatigable energy and excellent business ability he achieved substantial success, as indicated in his accumulation of one of the large and valuable landed estates of Jefferson township. Of the children the eldest two, Herman and Peter, now reside at Garnavillo, this county; Mary is deceased; Theodore, Jr., of this review, was the fourth child; Joseph resides at National, this county; Henry is a substantial farmer of Jefferson township; and Yetta is deceased.

Theodore Berns, Jr., was favored in having the advantages not only of the district schools of Jefferson township but also those of the excellent Catholic parochial schools at Guttenberg. His entire active career was marked by close association with the work and management of the old homestead farm upon which he was born and into the ownership of which he came when he was about 14 years of age, by purchasing the interests of the other heirs. This fine rural domain comprises seven hundred and ten acres and is one of the more extensive and valuable farm properties of Clayton county, with permanent improvements of an order that mark it as a veritable model. While on the farm Mr. Berns gave special attention to the raising of high-grade live stock, including Shorthorn cattle and Poland-China swine. He was known for his distinctive energy, progressiveness and good judgment and made himself known as one of the representative agriculturists and stock-growers of this section of the Hawkeye state, the while his well ordered enterprise gained to him large and substantial prosperity. He has always taken loyal interest in community affairs of a public order, is a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party but he has never been deflected from his course by aught of ambition for political office.

Both he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church, as was also his first wife, and he is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, as a member of a splendid lodge in the city of Dubuque. April 16, 1887, recorded the marriage of Mr. Bern to Miss Mary Lueck, daughter of Henry and Mary Lueck, of Guttenberg, and she survived her marriage by only four years, as she passed to the life eternal on the 8th of October, 1891. Mary, the one child of this marriage, is now the wife of John Hoeger, of Jefferson township. On the 16th of February, 1894, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Berns to Miss Clara Lueck, daughter of Benjamin Lueck, of New Union, Iowa, and of the six children of this union all remain at the parental home except the youngest, Elizabeth, who died in childhood. The names of the children of
the attractive home circle are here designated in respective order of birth; Edward, Hilda, Raymond, Melania and Eugenia

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 45-47

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