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John Rodenberg

John Rodenberg is the owner of one of the large and well improved farms of Jefferson township and his prominence and success as a representative of agricultural and live-stock industry in his native county are the more interesting to contemplate in view of the fact that a portion of his present landed estate was the pioneer farm on which his paternal grandfather settled upon coming to this county more than sixty years ago.

Mr. Rodenberg was born in Jefferson township on the 11th of August, 1872, a scion of the third generation of the family in Clayton county. He is a son of William and Annie (Kaiser) Rodenberg, both natives of Germany, the father having been born in the kingdom of Hanover and the mother in the province of Mechlenburg. William Rodenberg accompanied his parents on their immigration to America, about the year 1840, and after remaining about two years in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, the family came to Clayton county and established a home on a pioneer farm in Jefferson township. The founder of the family in this county was Christopher Rodenberg, and he and his wife here passed the residue of their lives on their old homestead, a part of the splendid rural domain now owned and occupied by their grandson, John, subject of this sketch. William Rodenberg was a boy at the time of the family immigration to the United States and was reared to manhood in Clayton county, where he availed himself of the advantages of the pioneer schools and where he eventually purchased the old homestead and became one of the representative farmers of the county. For about a decade prior to his death he lived virtually retired, and he was one of the substantial and honored citizens of the county when he was summoned to eternal rest, on the 22d of November, 1914, his widow still remaining with her son, John, in whose home she is accorded the deepest filial solicitude, her birth having occurred November 19, 1839. She is a devout communicant of the German Lutheran church, as was also her husband, and Mr. Rodenberg was a loyal supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, his loyal interest in local affairs of a public order having been shown by his service as township trustee, as township assessor for ten years and as constable for one term.

Concerning the children the following brief record is consistently entered at this juncture: August is a resident of Guttenberg, this county; Catherine is the wife of John Hill, of Honey Creek, Wis.; Mrs. Annie Hendrickson resides in Minnesota, where her husband is a prosperous farmer; Caroline is the wife of Henry Friedlein, of Guttenberg; William is a progressive farmer of Jefferson township; Emma is the wife of John Schorg, of Spencer, South Dakota; John, of this sketch, was the next in order of birth ; Minnie is the wife of Henry Morarend, of Jefferson township; Bessie is the wife of John Brandtman, of Crown Point, Ind.; and Sophia died in childhood.

John Rodenberg is indebted to the schools of his native township for his early educational discipline and he continued his active association with the work and management of the old homestead farm until he was properly fortified for the purchasing of the property, which comprised two hundred and sixteen acres. He has since added one hundred and twenty acres to his valuable landed estate, and upon the place he has made many excellent improvements, including the erection of modern buildings. His attention is given energetically and with marked success to well ordered agriculture and to the raising of high-grade cattle and swine, with preference given to the Hereford type of cattle. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party, and he is serving as school director of his district. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church at Guttenberg, which village is their postoffice address.

On the 23d of August, 1900, Mr. Rodenberg wedded Miss Dora Lindemann, who was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of William and Mary Lindemann, now residing at Elkader, the county seat. Mr. and Mrs. Rodenberg have five children— Minnie, Albert, Henry and Clara and Elmer.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 354-355

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