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Alfred Rissler


West of Ryan, Adams Township


      Alfred Rissler finds a place in a work of this character among the prominent and progressive agriculturists, for he is today owner and proprietor of a valuable piece of land, embracing two hundred and ninety eight and a half acres, lying south and west of Ryan in Adams township. He is a native son of Delaware county, his birth having occurred on the 20th of December, 1864, and is the second in order of birth in a family of three children whose parents were Jacob and Madeline (Schevengruber) Rissler, both of whom were natives of Switzerland. In 1855 they left the land of the Alps and, emigrating to the new world and looking about for a location, decided upon Dubuque county, Iowa, as a desirable place in which to live. However, they did not remain long in that locality, for after seeing more of the country, the opportunities presented in Delaware county appealed more strongly to them, and they then made a permanent location here on a farm in Adams township. The father was thereafter identified with the agricultural interests of the county to the time of his death in 1905. The mother survived but two years, passing away in 1907. Their children were Jacob, Alfred and Emma, but the daughter died in 1886.
      Alfred Rissler was reared on the homestead in Adams township and from an early age was trained to the duties of the home place. However, he was not denied the advantages of an education such as the common schools afforded and therein pursued his studies during the period of his boyhood and early youth. Upon entering business life he decided upon the occupation to which he was reared as being that for which he seemed best fitted. He began in a small way, but his energy and industry soon won him success and as time has passed he has accumulated farm property until his possessions now embrace two hundred ninety eight and a half acres, located in Adams township. He carries on general farming and stock raising, is methodical and accurate as to details and displays splendid judgment in the conduct of his interests.
      In 1897 Mr. Rissler was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Everett, a daughter of John Everett, and their children are, Alfred, Oscar and Everett. He is a man of high ideals and his life might well be emulated by young men seeking the truest success. 


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 235-236. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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