Conrad Wendel is the owner of a valuable farm property of
four hundred and twenty five acres, the greater part of which
lies in Honey Creek township. He makes a specialty of dairying
and stock raising and is justly numbered among the leading
farmers of Delaware county. A native of Germany, he was born
February 12, 1851, of the marriage of Casper and Katherine Wendel,
who were also born in the fatherland. Coming to America in 1853,
they settled first in Bureau county, Illinois, and after a
residence there of twenty years removed to Delaware county, Iowa,
in 1873, a location being made in Honey Creek township, upon the
farm now owned and occupied by Conrad Wendel. Upon that place the
father remained until his death and, carefully tilling his
fields, brought the farm to a high state of cultivation. To him
and his wife were born eight children, but six of the number have
passed away, so that but two survive: Minnie, who is the widow of
David Hilsenbeck and who lives in Greeley; and Conrad.
The latter was but two years of age when brought
to the new world and was a young man of twenty two at the time of
the removal to this county. On starting in life on his own
account he began cultivating the old homestead, which he
afterward purchased. Today his landed possessions aggregate four
hundred and twenty five acres in Honey Creek and Delaware
townships. Mr. Wendel has greatly improved his farm through the
erection of fine buildings as well as in the careful cultivation
of the fields, which annually bring forth golden harvests as a
reward for the care and labor he bestows upon his land. He is
also engaged successfully in dairying and stock raising, making
those lines a special feature of his business.
In 1873 Mr. Wendel was united in marriage to Miss
Christina Whitman, who was born in Germany, a daughter of
Wolfgang and Margaret Whitman, who were likewise natives of that
country and have now passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Wendel became the
parents of six children: Fred W., on one of his father's farms;
Elizabeth, the wife of R. D. Hooker; Minnie K., the wife of W. J.
Hann; Henry E., who remains at home and is filling the office of
township assessor; George E., at home; and Edward D., on one of
his father's farms.
The wife and mother passed away July 5, 1894, and
was laid to rest in the Manchester cemetery. Her death was the
occasion of deep regret not only to her immediate family but also
to many friends.
In his political views Mr. Wendel is an earnest
republican and has long supported the party. He served for six
years as assessor and has been township trustee, school director
and school trustee, the cause of education finding in him a
stalwart champion who believes that the public-school system is
the bulwark of the nation. His religious faith is that of the
Methodist Episcopal church, and his life has been guided by the
teachings of that organization.