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Clemens Fangman


Bremen Twp.



   Summit Farm, which is located on sections 33 and 34, Bremen township, is one of the valuable agriculture properties of the locality and the fine condition of its fields and buildings attest the energy and good management of its owner, Clemens Fangman. He was born in New Vienna, Dubuque county, Iowa, March 4, 1870, a son of Frank Joseph and Elizabeth (Kramer) Fangman, both native of Germany. The father came to this country in 1846 and immediately settled in Dubuque county and the mother accompanied her parents from the fatherland to New Vienna, Dubuque county, in 1854. They were married in that county but in 1876 moved to Delaware county and settled upon a farm on section 33, Bremen township. The father operated his land during his active life and his labors yielded him a competence. The mother died in 1891. Of the twelve children born to them four died in childhood. The others were: Mary J., the widow of John Schlickman, of Dyersville, this state, who passed away in 1912; Anna, who married Henry Westemeyer, of New Hampton, Iowa; Minnie the widow of Joseph Feldman, a resident of Dubuque count, who died in 1911; Henry, a farmer of Bremen township, this county; Clemens, of this review; Elizabeth, the wife of Henry Schaefer, of Petersburg, Nebraska; Frances, who married Joseph Westemeyer and passed away in 1888; and Louise, who became the wife of John Feldman and died in 1904.

   Clemens Fangman completed the course in the rural schools of his neighborhood and also attended the high school of Dyersville, Iowa, for two years. He then began farming and as he uses the best methods in his farm work and manages his business affairs well he has prospered as the years have passed and is now owner of two hundred and thirty-five and one half acres of land, all located on sections 33 and 34, Bremen townships. The value of the property has been increased by the many improvements which he has made, including the erection of a good residence and substantial barns. The property is known as Summit Farm and is excellently located, being but four miles from Earlville and an equal distance from Dyersville. He realizes the advantages of mixed farming and raises many head of graded stock, from the sale of which he derives a large proportion of his annual income.      

      On the 24th of October, 1904, Mr. Fangman married Miss Josephine Wuchter, a daughter of Jacob and Josephine (Diekmann) Wuchter, both natives of Germany, who, however, came to the United States many years ago. Mr. Wuchter arrived in 1847, settling first in Buffalo, New York. Later he removed to Dubuque county, Iowa, where he still resides with his wife. Mrs. Wuchter arrived in the United States about 1865 and located in Bremen township, Delaware county, with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Wuchter had five children, four of whom survive, Mrs. Fangman being the oldest. To Mr. and Mrs. Fangman have been born four children: Joseph E., Olivia J., Eulalia B. and Hubert H.

      Mr. Fangman is a democrat in his political allegiance and is serving his second term as township trustee, safeguarding well the interests entrusted to his care. Fraternally he is a member of the Roman Catholic Mutual Protective Association and is popular in that organization. He intelligently directed labors insure him a competence and not only has he won material prosperity but he has gained many friends, who value highly his good will and confidence.     



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 87-88.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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