Vullgraff, who is a practical and progressive
agriculturist and one of the popular citizens of Read
Township, Clayton county, resides on section 9, and is a
native of Germany. He was born in Mecklenburg June 20,
1825, and is the son of William and Zema Vullgraff. They
were the parents of six children: Henry, our subject;
Fritz, who came to this county with his brother Henry and
lived in Farmersburg Township, this county, dying about
1870; Sophia, Rickoff, Mary and Catherine. The last four
named still make their home in Germany. The parents of
our subject never left the Fatherland, but spent their
entire lives on a farm in that country; both passed away
in the same year, 1874.
In 1852 our subject emigrated to this country, landing in
New Orleans, and as he knew a few people in Clayton
County, he decided to come here. He bought one hundred
and twenty acres of wild land and immediately set about
clearing and cultivating the same. In a short time he
purchased eighty acres more and now has a fine farm of
two hundred acres all well stocked and improved.
In the year 1859 Mr. Vullgraff was married to Miss Dorris
Henning. She was a native of Germany and came to America
alone in 1855, her parents having died in their native
land some time before. Mrs. Vullgraff was one of four
children. Two of her brothers came to this country. Henry
is living on a farm in Nebraska, and John is in
Garnavillo Township, this county. George, her youngest
brother, is still in Germany.
Our subject and his wife are the parents of five
children, three boys and two girls. Henry married Miss
Brooks and is living on a farm in Farmersburg Township.
They have one child living and two dead. William married
Mary Drends and they make their home in Farmersburg, this
county. Charley, who is not married, lives at home and
assists his father on the farm. Lena, the wife of F.W.
Vogt, lives on section 16, Read Township. Louisa is now
Mrs. Fritz Teues, also of Read Township.
Mr. Vullgraff has held many offices of honor and trust.
He filled the office of Supervisor for one year and
served as School Director for the same length of time.
Mr. and Mrs. Vullgraff have long been members of the
Lutheran church at Clayton Centre. He has always voted
the Democratic ticket, and is widely known as a liberal
spirited man, generous and ever ready to do his full
share in all matters of general welfare.