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Gerhardt H. W. Niemann

More than sixty years ago, as a lad of about five years, Gerhardt Henry William Niemann accompanied his parents on their immigration to America from Germany and virtually his entire life since that time has been passed on his fine homestead farm, in Jefferson township, where his parents established their home soon after their arrival  in America. The sterling citizen to whom this sketch is dedicated has long been known as one of the representative agriculturists and stock-growers of Jefferson township, has been influential in community affairs of a public order and has so ordered his course as to make his example well worthy of emulation and as to gain and  retain the high regard of those with whom he has come in contact in the varied relations of life.  Though he is nearing the psalmist's span of three score years and ten, he is still vigorous of mind and physical powers and finds satisfaction in giving a general supervision to the work and management of his valuable and extensive farm. 

Mr. Niemann was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, on the 16th of November, 1848, and is a son of Herman and Maria (Enger) Niemann, who were born and reared in Hanover, where they continued their residence until 1853, when they came to America and established their residence on the pioneer farm from which has been developed the fine landed estate now owned and occupied by their son Gerhardt H. W., of this review, he being the elder of their two surviving children, and his sister, Mary, being the wife of Henry Brandt, a well known citizen of Garnavillo.  The father reclaimed his land to cultivation and was one of the sturdy and progressive pioneers who did effective service in connection with the civic and industrial development and upbuilding of Clayton county.  When well advanced in years he and his wife removed to the village of Garnavillo, where they passed the remainder of their lives in the repose and prosperity that properly crowned their earnest and industrious labors of preceding years, both having been zealous communicants of the Lutheran church, in which he served a number of years as trustee. 

Under the conditions and influences of the pioneer farm Gerhardt H. W. Niemann was reared to maturity, and in the meanwhile he attended the schools of the locality and laid the foundation for the broad and practical education which he was later to gain under that wise headmaster--experience.  He continued his association with the work and management of the home farm until he was thirty years of age, when he purchased eighty acres of the same, to which he later added two hundred and thirty acres, so that he now has a splendid landed estate of three hundred and ten acres, upon which he erected the substantial and modern buildings that now mark the farm, and on which he gives his active attention to properly diversified agriculture and to the raising of horses, cattle and swine of excellent grades.  Through his own ability and efforts he has achieved large and worthy prosperity, and the owner of so fine a farm as his is to be considered fortunate indeed.  Taking a loyal interest in all things pertaining to the communal welfare, Mr. Niemann served thirteen years as township trustee and several years as a member of the school board.  His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party and in the Lutheran church, of which both he and his wife have long been active and valued communicants he held for a number of years the office of trustee. 

On the 19th of January, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Niemann to Miss Augusta Schutte, who was born in Jefferson township, this county, on the 8th of January, 1865, and whose parents, Henry and Enga Schutte, there established their home on a pioneer farm upon their immigration to America from Prussia, Germany, in the early '50s, both having here passed the reminder of their lives on the old homestead and both having been lifelong members of the Lutheran church.  Mr. and Mrs. Niemann have six children, Alma, Louis H., Edward and Alvina, who remain at the parental home, and the two older children are Mary and William H., the former being the wife of William Hernish, of Bremer county, and the latter being engaged in farming in Butler county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 301-302

~transcribed by Keith Schrader


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