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Frederick W. Kann

Frederick W. & Dina Berns Kann

Frederick W. Kann is a scion of the third generation of the Kann family in Clayton county, where his paternal grandfather established his home about three-fourths of a century ago, and the family name has been most effectively concerned with the record of civic and industrial development and progress in this section of the Hawkeye state, with Frederick William Kann holding such status as a loyal and honored citizen and representative farmer as to well uphold the prestige of the name which he bears.

He was born in Jefferson township, this county, on the 12th of September, 1849, and is a son of William and Mary Kann, both natives of Germany — the father having been born in Prussia and the mother in the Kingdom of Hanover, and their marriage having been solemnized in Clayton county. William Kann came with his parents to America in the early '40s, and his father, Gottfried Kann, became one of the very early settlers in Jefferson township, Clayton county, where he reclaimed a farm and where he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives. William was reared and educated in his native land and was a young man at the time of the immigration to America. After coming to Clayton county he entered claim to one hundred and sixty acres of government land, in what is now Jefferson township, and he rose to prominence and influence as one of the substantial farmers and sterling citizens of this county, where he died about 1908 at a venerable age, his devoted wife having been summoned to eternal rest on the 16th of May, 1898, and both having been life-long communicants of the Catholic church.

Of their children, the subject of this review is the eldest; Henry, Catherine, Mary and Mary (second of the name) are deceased; Joseph is a resident of Minot, North Dakota; Annie is the wife of William Uriell, of Read township, Clayton county; and Huburt maintains his home in the state of Oklahoma.

Frederick W. Kann gained his early education in the pioneer school of district No. 6, Jefferson township, and continued to assist in the work of his father's farm until he had attained to the age of twenty-eight years. For two years thereafter he farmed on rented land, and he then purchased a farm of his own, but he later sold this property. From that time forward he continued operations on a rented farm until he purchased his present fine landed estate, which comprises three hundred and thirty acres, and which constitutes one of the model farms of Jefferson township. The place is equipped with permanent improvements of the best order, and a number of the buildings have been erected by the present energetic and progressive owner, the farm being given over to wisely ordered operations in the line of diversified agriculture and the raising of excellent grades of horses, cattle and swine.

Like his honored father, Mr. Kann is found aligned as a loyal supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, and both he and his wife are earnest communicants of the Catholic church.

May 16, 1878, recorded the marriage of Mr. Kann to Miss Dina Berns, who was born in Jefferson township, this county, on the 16th of December, 1853, and whose early education was acquired in the Catholic parochial schools at Guttenberg. She is a daughter of Henry and Annie (Knueber) Berns, who were sterling pioneers of Jefferson township. The father was born at Hoghlar, Bezirf, Miinster, Germany, on the 20th of September, 1817, and the mother at Hillen Regierungsbezirk, Miinster, in Westphalen, on the 17th of January, 1819. The parents of Mrs. Kann were married in their native land and immigrated to the United States in 1847. Shortly after their arrival in America they came to Iowa and became pioneer settlers of Jefferson township, Clayton county, where they passed the residue of their long and worthy lives, the father having passed to eternal rest on the 29th of May, 1889, and the mother having been vener able in years at the time of her death, which occurred June 26, 1900. Both were devout communicants of the Catholic church and in politics Mr. Berns was a Democrat. Of their children, the eldest is Mary, who resides in Garnavillo township and who is the widow of Xavier Schaefers; Henrietta, Theodore and Herman are deceased; Mathilda has consecrated her life to service as a member of one of the gracious sisterhoods of the Catholic church and is known as Sister Constantine, her place of residence being the city of Chicago; Henry is deceased; and Elizabeth, the widow of John Wolter, resides in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In conclusion is entered brief record concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Kann: Edward died in childhood; Arthur H. remains at the parental home and is associated in the work of the farm; Richard J. is a representative of agricultural industry in Jefferson township; Amanda is the wife of Edward Griffin, of Freeport, Illinois, and they have two children, Bernice and Stanley; Rose is the wife of Edward C. Meier, of Osterdock, Clayton county, and they have two children, Jerome and Dolores; Hubert H. and Gregory X. are associated in the work of their father's farm; and Stella is the wife of Andrew Matt, of Vermillion, S. D., their one child being a son, Wayland Paul.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 204-206
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