One of the progressive and successful farmers and stock-raisers of Crawford county, a man who represents the best interests of the community in which he resides is Edward Langer, a native of Denison township, born June 5, 1887, his parents being August and Jennie (Weiland) Langer.
The birth of both his parents occurred in Germany, where the father's youth was spent. About 1870 he came to the United States and for the following two years engaged in railroading, after which he came to Crawford county and purchased land, which at the present time comprises the home farm. Here he married Miss Weiland and to them were born the following ten children: Kate, who became the wife of William Piper, of South Dakota, and is now deceased; Mary, who lives at home; George, who resides in Lincoln county, Idaho; Lizzie, the wife of T. R. Beers, of Vale, Oregon; Minnie, who married Sam Bichler, of Fullerton, North Dakota; August, deceased; Frances, who lives in Idaho; Edward, our subject; Anna and Alice, both of whom are living at home.
In his youth Edward Langer attended the public schools of Crawford county, supplementing the knowledge obtained there by a year's course in the college at Denison. He then returned to the home farm, to which he has since given his entire time and attention. Having studied the science of agriculture, his labors, perseverance and energy have succeeded in bringing his fields to a high state of cultivation and his live stock comprises the best class of animals obtainable. His possessions, all told, amount to two hundred acres of rich farming and grazing land. Mr. Langer is one of the youngest as well as the most energetic farmers in his community and enjoys the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens, who are glad to count him among their friends.
In politics he adheres to the precepts of the democratic party and takes an active interest in all affairs in which the welfare of his county is concerned. Although in religion his parents were of the Catholic faith, several of their children deviated in their views and became affiliated with the Presbyterian church, and to this and other local churches Mr. Langer gives his cordial support.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.