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Lewis E. Sperring


Bremen Township



      Lewis E. Sperring resides upon a farm of one hundred and sixty eight acres located on section 32, Bremen township, and is meeting with well deserved success in his agricultural activities. He was born in New Vienna township, Dubuque county, Iowa, May 6, 1866, a son of Sylvester and Ellen (Day) Sperring, the former a native of England.

      After completing his common school education Lewis E. Sperring attended the Dyersville high school. Since starting out in life for himself he has concentrated his energies upon farming and is now operating one hundred and sixty eight acres of fine land situated upon section 32, Bremen township, three miles east of Earlville. His labors are intelligently directed and the farm annually produces excellent crops which bring good prices upon the market. In addition to the cultivation of the fields he raises considerable live stock as he realizes that this method of farming insures the least waste.

     On the 12th of March, 1890, Mr. Sperring was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Hunt, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gibbs) Hunt, both natives of England. The father was brought to this country by his parents when a lad of seven years and the family home was maintained in Ohio for a few years, after which a removal was made to Delaware county. The mother, who was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bun) Gibbs, accompanied her parents to the new world when but eight years of age. Mr. Hunt passed away February 16, 1889, and his widow subsequently married Thomas Cousins, who has also passed away. Mrs. Cousins resides in Earlville, where she is greatly respected by all who know her. To Mr. and Mrs. Sperring six children were born but only four are living, namely: Alice E., Winnie May and Rosie Belle, all of whom were born in Delaware county; and Earl Lewis, whose birth occurred in Winnebago county, this state.

    Mr. Sperring is a member of King Lodge, No. 592, I. O. O. F., at Thompson, Winnebago county, Iowa, and also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. Politically he gives his allegiance to the republican party and has served acceptably as road supervisor. He has many friends, who value his goodwill highly as they know him to be a man of integrity and honor.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 232-233. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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