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John G. Reidel

John G. Reidel

John G. Reidel has been a resident of Clayton county from the days of his childhood and is another of the native sons of Iowa who have achieved marked success and prestige as representatives of agricultural industry in this county, his fine landed estate of two hundred acres being situated in Giard township and constituting one of the model farmsteads of this section of the Hawkeye State.

Mr Reidel was born in Linton township Allamakee county Iowa on the 1st of September, 1856, but within a short time thereafter he was brought to the old homestead farm in Giard township, Clayton county, where he has continued his residence during the long intervening period of half a century. He is a son of Charles and Catherine (Hoch) Reidel, both of whom were born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, the former on the 10th of November, 1825, and the latter on October 10th, 1824. The parents were reared and educated in their native land and there their marriage was solemnized in the year 1849. In 1852 with high aspirations and the courage begotten of earnest ambition to achieve independence and worthy prosperity, they severed the ties that bound them to the Fatherland and set forth for America. They remained for a time in the city of Buffalo, N.Y., and then came to the West and established their residence at Wheeling, Ill., where Mr. Reidel identified himself with the meat market business, in which he had gained experience in his native land. In 1855 he came to Iowa and purchased a tract of wild land in Giard township, though the family were in Allamakee county at the time of the birth of the subject of this review. Charles Reidel reclaimed his land in effective cultivation and became one of the successful farmers of Clayton county, where he ever stood exponent of sterling integrity and utmost civic loyalty. He finally retired from active labors in the early '80s, and he passed the gracious evening of his life in the home of his son, John, of this review, where he died on the 6th of January, 1913, the wife of his youth having passed away on the 24th of December, 1874, and both having been earnest and consistent members of the religious organization designated as the Evangelical Association.

The eldest of their children is Henry J., who is a resident of Albion, Marshall county; Elizabeth died in childhood, as did also Charles, Jr.; John G., of this sketch, was the next in order of birth; and Elizabeth, second of the name, is the wife of Philip Ulish, of Monona, this county.

John G. Reidel is indebted to the schools of Giard township for his early educational discipline and in the meanwhile he gained equally valuable experience through his association with the work of the home farm. Soon after attaining to his legal majority he rented the old homestead, and about the year 1895 he purchased the property, to the area of which he has since added until he now has a valuable landed domain of three hundred and ten acres in this and Allamakee counties, upon which he has made many modern improvements and virtually all of which is available for effective cultivation. He also owns a half section of land in Polk county, Minnesota. As an agriculturist and stock raiser, Mr Reidel has exemplified not only progressiveness and energy, but has also availed himself of methods and appurtenances that are of the best modern order and that have marked him as a farmer of distinctive thrift and ability.

He has become specially well and widely known throughout this section of the State, and this has resulted largely from the demands placed upon him in his capacity of public auctioneer, in which line he has gained marked success and popularity. Mr Reidel is unwavering in his allegiance to the Republican party, is influential in community affairs and has served seven years in the office of township trustee, his long incumbency of this important position indicating the high estimate placed upon him in his home township. He is now (1916) the nominee for sheriff of Clayton county on the Republican ticket. In the village of Monona he is affiliated with the organizations of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America, and both he and his wife are attendants of the Evangelical Church.

May 23, 1880 recorded the marriage of Mr. Reidel to Miss Mary K. Sautter, who was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of George and Frederica (Heilman) Sautter, early and honored settlers of Mendon township. Concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Reidel the following brief data are entered in conclusion of this article: Lillian is the wife of Albert C. Pingle, of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; Charles C., who is associated in the work and management of his father's large farm, is married and has one son, Howard T.; Mabel A.F. is the wife of Guy Walk, a prosperous farmer of Allamakee county; and John J. is a successful farmer in Monona township, he and his wife having on daughter Marion.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 341-343

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