John Feulner is another of the
sterling sons of the great German Empire who came to
America in the period of aspiring youth and who has found
in Clayton county the opportunities through which he has
worked his way to a position of definite independence and
prosperity. His finely improved farm of ninety acres lies
adjacent to the corporate limits of the village of
Strawberry Point, and is one of the valuable places of
Cass township. Here he gives special attention to the
raising of excellent grades of cattle and swine, and he
has developed a prosperous dairy business in connection
with the agricultural department of his farm enterprise.
Further evidence of the success which he has won through
his own ability and application is that given in his
ownership of a half interest in a tract of two hundred
and twenty acres of good land in the State of Oklahoma.
Mr. Feulner was born in Germany, on the 21st of December,
1873, a member of a family of nine children, of whom
seven are living-all save one of the number being now
residents of the United States. He is a son of Wolfgang
and Lena Feulner, who passed their entire lives in
Germany. In the excellent schools of his native land Mr.
Feulner gained his early education and in 1891, when a
youth of seventeen years, he severed the home ties and,
set forth to seek his fortunes in America. He came with
slender finacial resources but with a full measure of
energy and indomitable ambition, so that he was well
fortified for the task which be set to himself, that of
winning his way to the goal of prosperity.
Soon after landing in the port of New York city Mr.
Feulner came to Clayton county and obtained employment on
a farm in Cass township. Advancement was his resolute
purpose and he proved judicious in his use of the
facilities at hand. Finally he rented a farm, and after
there continuing his indefatigable activities for a
period of three years he found himself so placed as to
justify his purchase of a farm and he has owned various
farms in this vicinity, always disposing of them, until
he secured his present home, upon which he has made
numerous improvements and in connection with which he has
proved himself a resourceful and successful agriculturist
and stock-grower. It is much to have come as a stranger
in a strange land and to have won through personal effort
such a large measure of success as stands to the credit
of this popular and loyal citizen of Clayton county. His
political proclivities are indicated by his staunch
support of the cause of the Republican party and both he
and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church.
On April 22, 1897, Mr. Feulner wedded Miss Frederica
Opperman, who was born and reared in this county, and
they have one daughter, Alice Mary, who is, in 1916, a
student in the high school at Strawberry Point.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to
the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 118-119
-submitted by S. Ferrall