Paul Steger, who owns and operates one hundred and ninety
acres of land situated on section 21, Bremen township, is a
native son of that township, born November 22, 1873. His parents,
Paul and Margaret (Nackmann) Steger, were both born in Germany.
The father was a young man of twenty one when he emigrated to the
United States, and located first in Dubuque county, where he
remained about ten years, after which he came to this county and
bought the farm which is now in the possession of his son Paul.
The mother accompanied her parents to America when a girl about
fifteen years of age and became a resident of Delaware county,
where the family home was established. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Steger,
Sr., were married in Dubuque and to them were born eleven
children, one of whom died in infancy. The others were: Andrew,
who resides in Bremen township; John, who died July 26, 1913;
Joseph, whose home is in Minnesota; Theresa, the wife of A.
Sheyer, of Dyersville, this state; Verona, who married Henry
Hense, of Dubuque; Paul, of this review; Herman, who lives in
Bremen township; Elizabeth, who resides in Dubuque with her
sister, Mrs. Hense; Frank of Bremen township; and Margaret, the
wife of Frank Trumm, of Bremen township. The father died in
March, 1903, and the mother survived until February, 1906.
Paul Steger received his education in the
common schools of his home neighborhood and as soon as large
enough began assisting his father with the work of the homestead,
thus becoming familiar with practical agriculture. Since coming
to mature years he has continued in the occupation to which he
was reared and now owns the home farm, which consists of one
hundred and ninety acres and is located on section 21, Bremen
township. It was well improved when it came into his possession
but he has still further developed it until it is one of the
valuable places of his locality. He follows general farming and
pays considerable attention to the raising of graded stock and as
sound judgment and industry are among his salient characteristics
his activities yield him a good annual income.
On the 28th of February, 1905, Mr. Steger
was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Schlickmann, a
daughter of John and Mary J. (Fangmann) Schlickmann. To Mr. and
Mrs. Steger was born a son, Richard, whose natal day was January
6, 1906. The mother was called from this life on January 15th of
the same year.
Mr. Steger gives his political allegiance
to the democratic party and takes a laudable interest in
everything pertaining to the public welfare. His entire life has
been passed in this county and those who have known him
intimately from boyhood esteem him highly as a man of honor and
strict adherence to principles of right and justice.