Albert D. Le Clere is a farmer residing in
South Fork township, where he is widely known and
highly respected. He was born in Dubuque county, this
state, October 3, 1849, a son of George F. and Louise (Laude) Le Clere. The former's
birth occurred on the 14th of January, 1817, at Dan Pierre, in the district in
France known as D'Audincourt, and the latter was
born May 31,
1818, at Semondans, in the canton of Montbelliard. The father came to America with his
parents in 1828, and the mother came to this country with her parents in 1834.
They were married April 23, 1841, at Mexico, Oswego county,
New York, and thence made their way to Dubuque county, this state, in 1846,
settling on government land. They brought with them their three oldest children,
the others being born in this state. The mother passed away June 1, 1897.
and Mrs. George F. Le Clere were born eight
children. Charles F., whose birth occurred May 19, 1842, at Mexico, New York, is
married and has become the father of fourteen children, thirteen of whom
survive. Eliza C. was born June 30, 1843, at Mexico, New York. She married
Maurice Bebb and they live at Winona Lake, Indiana,
arid have one daughter, Louise, who
after finishing her college course graduated from the Moody Bible Institute and
is now an assistant Presbyterian pastor. George F., who was born October 11,
1845, at Mexico, New York, is a minister and lives at Los Angeles, California.
He married Miss Hattie Booth, who was at one time a teacher at Lenox College,
and they have become the parents of seven children, five of whom survive. Emily,
who was born October 13, 1847, became the wife of Charles Petit and died July
12, 1880. The subject of this review is the next in order of birth. Susan M. was
born December 1, 1851, and died February 17, 1863, in Dubuque county, this state. Henry A., born May 24, 1854, is a
farmer living near Manchester. He married Miss Margaret
Strane and they have nine children, all living, one of whom, Rev. James
Le Clere, is a United Presbyterian minister at St.
Joseph, Missouri. Louise, familiarly known as Lulu, was born July 22, 1856, and
has been twice married. Her first husband was Dwight Smith, by whom she had
three sons. He passed away in July, 1889, and in 1904 she married Edward Le Clere, a cousin.
Le Clere was educated in the public schools of
Dubuque county, and subsequently studied for four
terms at Lenox College. He then worked upon his father's farm for some time,
becoming an efficient agriculturist. In 1880 he went to Miner county, South Dakota, where he remained for ten
years. He then moved to Hamilton county, Iowa, and remained there two
years. In 1892 he purchased the old homestead in Dubuque
county and remained on it until the end of 1899 when he sold out and
purchased land near Hopkinton. He now owns two hundred and forty acres of fine
land which is divided into two tracts, one of one hundred and sixty acres and
one of eighty acres. His property is situated on section 18, South Fork
township, and he is recognized as one of the most progressive and enterprising
agriculturists of his locality. He does mixed farming and as he uses approved
methods and displays good judgment in the management of his business he finds
agriculture a remunerative as well as congenial occupation.
Mr. Le Clere was married on the 3d of September,
1878, to Miss Alice Gray, a daughter of Alexander and Sophia Boyd (Love) Gray.
Her father was born in Scotland, February 17, 1834, but
emigrated to this country when a boy of but fourteen years of age. He
died at Wheaton, Minnesota, October 2, 1914, at the advanced age of eighty
years. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. The mother was born in
Scotland, May 15, 1840, and was brought to this country by her parents when but
three years of age. She passed away August 10, 1910. By her marriage she became
the mother of nine children, six daughters and three sons. Alice, the wife of
the subject of this review, was born at Rockdale, Dubuque
county, this state, October 19, 1858.
Christine Buchanan Davis, a widow with three surviving children, lives at
Wheaton, Minnesota. Edward C., a grain dealer of Rapid City, South Dakota, is
married and has had ten children, of whom nine survive. John, the proprietor of
a steam laundry at Boise City, Idaho, is married and has three children.
Alexander is living retired in Pasadena, California. Elizabeth became the wife
of George W. Freeman and was killed in Missouri by a train. Drusilla is the wife
of J. E. Arnold and they have three children, two sons and one daughter. Sophia
is the wife of August A. Johnson, an electrician at Wheaton, Minnesota, and they
have one daughter. Cora is deceased.
Mrs. Le Clere became the parents of five children.
Luella Jeannette, born September 5, 1879, was graduated from Lenox College in
1903. She has since been a teacher by profession. Westchester Allen, born
October 13, 1881, pursued a commercial course at Lenox College and is now
engaged in farming. He married Miss Bessie Porter and of their two children one
survives. Bessie Louise, born July 4, 1884, has taken a course in stenography
and typewriting in Lenox College. Bertha May, born July 4, 1888, married J. H.
Kirkwood, a prosperous farmer. Frederick Gray was born February 17, 1894, and
died April 29, 1895. The family belong to the
Presbyterian church at Hopkinton, in which Mr. Le Clere
has been ruling elder for six years and trustee for a like period of time. He is
also a teacher in the Sunday school.