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Michael Feulner

Michael Feulner was born and reared in Germany and soon after attaining to his legal majority he came to the United States and established his residence in Fayette county. Here he remained about five years and then came to Clayton county, where he has so directed his powers and energies as to achieve distinctive and worthy success as one of the substantial farmers of the county and to win for himself secure place in popular confidence and esteem.

He arrived in Clayton county with his negative financial resources represented in an indebtedness of three dollars, and under these conditions he found employment as a farm hand at a stipend of twelve dollars a month. Much is signified in his advancement from such status to the ownership of one of the finely improved and valuable farms of the county, and it is gratifying to pay in this review a tribute to his energy and resourceful ambition.

Michael Feulner was born in Germany on the 29th of December, 1862, and is one of the seven surviving children of Wolfgang and Lena Feulner, who passed their entire lives in Germany, all but one of their children being now residents of the United States. Michael Feulner duly profited by the advantages afforded in the excellent schools of his native land, but his youthful ambition and self-reliance finally prompted him to seek in the United States better opportunities for the winning of independence and prosperity through individual effort. In 1884, when twenty-two years of age, he came to America and established his residence first in Fayette county and later in Clayton county, which has been the stage of his earnest endeavors during the long intervening years. For the first five years he was employed as a farm hand, and for the ensuing nine years he farmed on rented land. His energy and good judgment enabled him to make substantial advancement toward the goal of financial independence, and finally he effected the purchase of his present fine homestead farm, which comprises 140 acres and which is eligibly situated in Sections 16 and 21, Cass township. He has made many high-grade improvements on the farm, including the erection of modern buildings, the planting of a well-selected orchard and an attractive grove of shade trees about his pleasant home. Though he has proved specially successful in connection with his operations in diversified agriculture, Mr. Feulner has made a specialty of raising and feeding high-grade cattle and swine and has developed also a prosperous dairy business on his farm.

He gives his support to the Republican party and while he has had no ambition for public office he has shown his civic loyalty by effective service in the office of township trustee. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church at Strawberry Point, from which village their home receives service on rural mail route No, 3,

On February 21st, 1889, Mr. Feulner wedded Miss Mary Oppermann, who was born and reared in "this county, where her parents settled in the pioneer days, upon their immigration to America from Germany. She is a daughter of Henry and Mary Oppermann, the former of whom is deceased and the latter of whom still resides in this country. Mr. and Mrs. Feulner have four children: Otto, Lydia, Esther and Alfred. Esther was graduated in the high school at Strawberry Point and the year 1916 finds her successfully engaged in teaching in the district schools of her native county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 119-120
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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