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Peter C. Hollander

Among the energetic young business men who have been active factors in the commercial development of Schleswig must be numbered Peter C. Hollander, who for the past four years has been conducting a men's furnishing goods store here.

He is a native of Iowa, having been born in Hamilton county on the 22d of June, 1879, and is a son of L. A. and Annie (Simsen) Hollander. The parents were natives of Germany but emigrated to the United States and located in Clinton county, Iowa, in 1877. The wife and mother passed away in 1907, but the father is still living and makes his home in Schleswig.

Unto them were born the following children: Amos, who lives in Nebraska; Peter C., our subject; Mattie, who became the wife of Henry M. Kolls, of Nebraska; August, deceased; Thomas, who is a resident of Ida county; Annie, who is at home; Laura, the wife of William Stegemann, of Schleswig; Bernhart, residing in Ida county; Celia. deceased; and Lilly, who is at home.

Peter C. Hollander obtained his education in the common schools of Iowa, and when he had acquired such knowledge as he deemed essential to enable him to enter the commercial world he laid aside his text-books to assume the heavier responsibilities of life. At the age of twenty-seven years he entered a lumberyard in Schleswig, with which concern he was identified for three years, but at the end of that period he decided to go into business for himself and opened a men's clothing and furnishing goods store. The large patronage which he has enjoyed proves conclusively that his choice was a most excellent one. He carries a large and well selected stock of goods, the quality of which is always commensurate with the price, while the treatment accorded patrons is such as to invite their return without further solicitation. His is one of the promising businesses of the town and his friends feel assured of his success in the vocation which he has elected to follow.

Mr. Hollander chose for his wife Miss Adeline Lorenzen, a daughter of A. B. and Hannah (Christensen) Lorenzen, of Denison. Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzen are the parents of five children, who are as follows: Annie, the wife of John Weise, of Denison; Ida, who married Louis Evers, also of Denison; Laurence, who resides in Gilmore City; Adeline, the wife of P. C. Hollander; and Andrew, living in Denison.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Hollander are communicants of the Lutheran church. Ever since acquiring the full rights of citizenship he has taken a most active interest in all local political issues and has been elected to various offices of the municipality. He always gives his support to the candidates and principles of the democratic party, feeling that its policy best subserves the interests of the majority. He is now serving as treasurer of the village, which position he has held for the past two years, and he is also secretary of the fire department, both of which he is filling in a manner which is meeting with the general satisfaction of the community.

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