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Charles A. Strien

Charles A. Strien has been a resident of Clayton County since 1894, and here has achieved through his own energy and well ordered efforts a large measure of success in connection with the basic industries of agriculture and stock-growing. He is now the owner of one of the fine farms of the county, the same comprising one hundred and one acres and being eligibly situated in Sections 7 and 8, Farmersburg township.

Mr. Strien was born in Germany on the 31st of December 1863, and is a son of Henry and Wilhelmina (Schade) Strien, who maintained their home in their fatherland until 1871, when the family came to the United States. The father first established a home in Nebraska, but two years later he moved to Missouri, where he continued his residence four years. He then returned to Nebraska, where he became a successful farmer and where his loved and devoted wife passed to the eternal life seventeen years ago. He now maintains his residence in Nebraska, where he is living practically retired. Of the six children, four are still living.

Charles A. Strien acquired his rudimentary education in his native land and was a lad of about eight years at the time of the family emigration to America. He continued his studies in the schools of Nebraska and Missouri and early learned also the lessons of practical industry. He continued to be identified with agricultural pursuits in the state of Nebraska until 1894, when he came to Iowa and established his permanent residence in Clayton county. Here he rented a farm for one year, at the expiration of which he purchased his present place of 101 acres in Sections 7 and 8, Farmersburg township, whic he has developed into one of the fine farms of Farmersburg township and upon which he has made substantial improvements, including the erection of good buildings. The farm gives patent evidence of the energy and thrift that have been brought to bear in its management, and the substantial success of the owner has been achieved by close application and worthy methods and policies. Mr. Strien gives his close attentionn to the supervision of his farm, but is also a director in a stock company at Farmersburg. In addition to his home farm he is the owner also of a well improved farm of eighty acres in Wagner township. All these accumulations represent the result of his own efforts and he is to be commended for his achievement as well as his sterling character.

He and his wife are zealous communicants of the Lutheran church at Farmersburg and he is serving as one of its trustees. Though he has been animated by no desire for political office, he accords a staunch support to the cause of the Democratic party and is loyal to all civic duties and responsibilities.

In 1887 Mr. Strien wedded Miss Alvena Radloff, who was born in Germany, one of nine children of Fred and Marie (Henning) Radloff, who came to the United States in 1881 and established their home in Clayton county, where the father passed the remainder of his life and where the venerable mother still resides. Mr. and Mrs. Strien became the parents of nine children, concerning whom brief record is entered in conclusion of this review: Alvena E. is deceased; Lena M. is the wife of Eldo Kurdelmeier; Fred is a prosperous young farmer of this county; Minnie was graduated from high school and in Decorah College, and is now a successful and popular teacher in the schools of her home county; Herbert and Alice remain at the parental home; the next child died in infancy; and CArl H. and Marie S. are the youngest members of the home circle.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 401-402
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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