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Julius Christoleit

Julius Christoleit has effectively demonstrated his energy and ambitious purpose during the period of his residence in Clayton county, for he came here about twenty years ago and set himself vigorously to the winning of independence and prosperity through his own endeavors. That he is successful needs no further voucher than the statement that he is now the owner of one of the well improved and valuable farms, of this county and that he stands exponent of civic and industrial loyalty and progressiveness, with deep and abiding appreciation of the opportunities that have been afforded to him in the land of his adoption.

Mr. Christoleit was born in Germany, on the 8th of May, 1866, and is a son of Charles and Rosa Christoleit, who passed their entire lives in their Fatherland, and of whose nine children only three are now living.

Julius Christoleit was reared and educated in his native land, and there was solemnized his marriage to Miss Amelia Suttkous, who, with their two children, accompanied him on his immigration to the United States in 1895. Soon after his arrival in America Mr. Christoleit came with his family to Clayton county, where he found employment by the month as a farm hand until he purchased his present well improved farm, which comprises three hundred and twelve acres. He has erected a modern house and other buildings on the place and is known as one of the substantial and enterprising agriculturist and stock-raisers of the county, in which he arrived with a cash capital of only twenty dollars and in which he has won advancement to his present secure position of independence and generous prosperity.

He and his wife became the parents of eight children, of whom six were born after the removal to America. Charles is deceased; Frederick C. and William H. assist in the owrk and management of the home farm; Pauline is now in the State of Wisconsin; Anna and Gustave remain in the parental home; Emma is deceased; and Julius Jr., is the youngest member of the home circle.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 67
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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