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Johannes Eggert

Johannes Eggert, who is engaged in farming in Hanover township, is prominent among the young and enterprising agriculturists of Crawford county.

He is a native of this county, born August 24, 1887, and is a son of Adolph and Alvina (Ruberg) Eggert. The father was born in Germany and the mother in Clinton county, Iowa. They were married in Crawford county and Mr. Eggert began farming on rented land, later purchasing one hundred and twenty acres. After five years he sold that farm and bought two hundred acres in Hanover township, which became the family homestead and has been developed into one of the valuable farms of the locality. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Eggert, namely: Johannes, the subject of this review; Henry, who died at the age of two years; and Willie and Fred, both of whom are at home.

Johannes Eggert was reared under the parental roof and attended the district schools, receiving the rudiments of an education which he has now developed by reading and observation. Under his father he became thoroughly acquainted with farm work and he remained at home until 1910, when he began renting land on his own account, being now in charge of one hundred and forty acres, which under his management is highly productive.

On the 23d of March, 1910, Mr. Eggert was united in marriage to Miss Christina Hildebrandt, who was born in Chicago, June 1, 1887, a daughter of John and Sophia (Tegen) Hildebrandt. The parents were both born in Germany and were married in their native land. They came to America and lived in Chicago for twenty years. Mr. Hildebrandt worked on a railroad and then rented a farm for sixteen years, at the end of which time he purchased the place now occupied by the subject of this review. In 1910 he removed to his present beautiful home in Denison. There were five children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrandt, namely: Mary, now the wife of Hans Fierem, of Crawford county; Emma, the wife of Gustave Detlefsen, also of Crawford county; Anna, now Mrs. Ernest Moeller, of Chicago; Rosa, the wife of Emil Jaacks, of Crawford county; and Christina, now Mrs. Johannes Eggert.

Mr. and Mrs. Eggert are stanch believers in the authority and inspiration of the Bible and are earnest members of the German Lutheran church. He has possessed all the advantages of education and training' necessary for a successful start in a business career and his friends confidently prophesy for him an honorable and useful life.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.