Albert Bandow, a successful and enterprising agriculturist of East Boyer township, is the owner of a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres.
His birth occurred on Canal street in Chicago, Illinois, on the 23d of June, 1875, his parents being Christ and Frederica (Witenberg) Bandow, who were born, reared and married in Germany. The father, who worked as a farm hand in Germany, crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1870, locating in Chicago, Illinois, where he was employed in a tanning establishment for six years. On the expiration of that period, in 1876, he removed to Carroll county, Iowa, taking up his abode in Washington township, where he made his home until called to his final rest in 1900.
His widow, who still survives, now makes her home with one of her sons in East Boyer township, Crawford county. They were the parents of eleven children, seven daughters and four sons, namely: Mary, the wife of William Jensen, of Arcadia, Iowa; Lena, the wife of George Kellen, of Garden, Michigan; Sophia, the wife of Henry Precht, of Jennings, Louisiana; Anna, the wife of Charles Segbert, of East Boyer township; Bertha, the wife of Nels Bredahl, of Adair county, Iowa; Emma, the wife of Hans Bredahl, of Adair County, Iowa; Albert, of this review; Amelia, who is deceased; Lewis, living in East Boyer township; Julius, who is with his brothers; and Charles, who is likewise a resident of East Boyer township.
Albert Bandow acquired his education in the district schools and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. At that time he started out as an agriculturist on his own account and in connection with the tilling of the soil also engaged in threshing. His present farm of one hundred and sixty acres in East Boyer township was his original and only purchase of land and is now under a high state of cultivation and improvement. He keeps good graded stock and in both his farming and live stock interests has won a gratifying measure of success.
On the 8th of September, 1899, Mr. Bandow was united in marriage to Miss Frieda Jager, a native of Clayton county, Iowa, born May 16, 1881, and a daughter of Lewis and, Minnie (Lapel) Jager. Her father, a native of Germany, emigrated to America in 1867 and passed away March 24, 1898. The mother of Mrs. Bandow died November 7, 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Jager were the parents of five children, as follows: Herman and Lewis, both of whom are deceased; Mrs. Albert Bandow; Adella, the wife of Lewis Bandow, of East Boyer township; and Ella, who has also passed away. Unto our subject and his wife have been born three children: Lewis, Carl and Herbert, all at home.
Mr. Bandow gives his political allegiance to the republican party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government. In religious faith be is a Lutheran, both he and his wife belonging to the church of that denomination. His salient characteristics are such as make for good citizenship in any community and which win the esteem, confidence and good-will of all.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.