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William E. Kaiser

William E. Kaiser is one of the extensive agriculturists and stock-growers of his native county and is the owner of a fine landed estate of four hundred and forty-four acres, situated in Section 14, Farmersburg township, about 10 miles distant from the village of McGregor, which is his postoffice address. Mr. Kaiser was born on the old homestead of his father, in Garnavillo town ship, this county, on the 10th of December, 1880, and was one in a family of seven children, all of whom are living except one. The parents, John G. and Mary (Wiegmann) Kaiser, were both born in Germany and were children at the time of the immigration of the respective families to America. John G. Kaiser became one of the extensive landowners and representative farmers of Clayton county, where he was an honored and influential citizen and where both he and his wife continued to reside until their death.

He whose name initiates this review is indebted to the public schools of Clayton county for his early educational discipline, which was effectively supplemented by a course in Dixon College, in the city of Dixon, Illinois, an institution which he attended during two successive winters. He thereafter continued to be associated with his father in the latter's extensive farming operations until he had attained to his legal majority, when he rented of his father the farm which he now occupies and which he later purchased, the same comprising four hundred and forty-four acres and being one of the splendid landed domains of Farmersburg township. With the most progressive methods and policies, Mr. Kaiser has taken an advanced stand in connection with agricultural and live-stock industry in his native county and his enterprising spirit has been shown in the excellent improvements that he has made upon his rural estate, including the erection of a commodious and attractive modern house, which was completed in 1916, and which is one of the ideal country homes of this favored section of the state.

In connection with wisely diversified agriculture Mr. Kaiser gives special attention to the breeding and raising of the best types of Jersey and Hereford cattle, and his herds attract much attention by reason of their extent and their manifest superiority. Liberal and public-spirited in his civic attitude, Mr. Kaiser is always ready to lend his influence and practical co-operation in the furtherance of measures projected for the general good of the community, and the year 1916 finds him serving loyally and efficiently not only as township trustee but also as secretary of the school board of his district. He is alert in his association with the varied affairs of general importance in the community and is vice-president of the Clayton County Fair Association, his political allegiance being given to the Democratic party and both he and his wife hold membership in the Lutheran church, the while their unqualified popularity indicates the high estimate placed upon them in their native county, their attractive home being a center of refined and gracious hospitality. Mr. Kaiser has achieved unqualified success in his independent career as a representative of the great basic industries of agriculture and stock-raising and is consistently to be designated as one of the leading farmers of Farmersburg township.

On December 17, 1906, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kaiser to Miss Verone Mohrman, who was born and reared in Clayton county and who is a daughter of William and Amelia (Schumacher) Mohrman, the former a native of Wisconsin and the latter of Iowa, and both still residents of Garnavillo township, the father being a carpenter. Mr. and Mrs. Kaiser are the parents of three children, whose names and respective dates of birth are here entered: Lois K., September 17, 1907; Lloyd W., July 2, 1909; and Bernice L., December 29, 1915.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 203-204
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