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John Engelhardt

John Engelhardt is another of the native sons of Clayton county who stands effectively forward as an able and successful representative of agricultural and livestock industry in this favored section of the Hawkeye State, and through his own energy and well ordered endeavors he has become the owner of one of the well improved and valuable landed estates of his native county, the same comprising two hundred and eighty acres and being situated in sections 23 and 26, Wagner township, and about three-fourths of a mile distant from the village of St. Olaf, which is his postoffice address. Mr. Engelhardt was born in Wagner township, this county, on the 19th of May, 1876, and is a son of Rudolph and Mary (Schmidt) Engelhardt, both of whom were born in Germany. Rudolph Engelhardt was twenty years of age at the time when he numbered himself among the pioneers of Clayton county, and here he devoted the remainder of his life to the great basic industry of agriculture, in connection with which he gained distinctive independence and substantial prosperity. He was one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of this county at the time of his death, which occurred on the 9th of August, 1893, and his widow now maintains her home at Farmersburg, this county. Of the eleven children George and Louis are prosperous farmers of Monona township; John, of this review, was the third in order of birth; Augusta is the wife of William Jones, of Lime Spring, Howard county; Emma is the wife of Jefferson Jones, of Gunder, Clayton county; Martha is the wife of Henry Boler, of Cresco, Howard county; Amelia is the wife of Frederick G. Wilkie, of Reid township, Clayton county; Arthur resides at Bonair, Howard county, and Robert at Farmersburg, Clayton county; Alma is the wife of Edward Olke, of Lee, South Dakota; and the eleventh child, a girl, died in infancy. John Englehardt is indebted to the public schools of Clayton county for his early educational discipline and he was a lad of sixteen years at the time of his father's death. He had in the meanwhile gained his due quota of experience in connection with the work of the home farm and after the death of his father he entered the employ of his oldest brother, as an assistant in the work and management of the latter's farm. In 1900 he gave patent evidence of his ambition and self-reliance by purchasing a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, in Wagner township, and with increasing prosperity he has made judicious investment in other valuable land in this township until he now has a fine domain of two hundred and eighty acres, improved with good buildings and devoted to diversified agriculture and the raising of excellent grades of live stock. Mr. Engelhardt is most loyal to his native county and has here found ample opportunity for the achieving of worthy success in connection with the great fundamental industry under whose influence he was reared. He is liberal and progressive in his civic attitude, is aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party and has been called upon to serve in minor township offices. He is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World and both he and his wife hold membership in the Lutheran church. In 1899 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Engelhardt to Miss Keka Draves, who likewise was born and reared in Clayton county, and of their five children two died in infancy. The surviving children are: Albin, age 9; Harvey, age 7; Philmon, the baby, one year of age.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 110-111
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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