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Gottlieb Abby





       GOTTLIEB ABBY, postmaster of Abbyville, Delaware county, Iowa, and one of that county's most successful farmers, is a native of Switzerland. His parents, John and Elizabeth (Buttikofar) Abby, were both natives of Switzerland, the mother dying there in 1844, aged about forty years. These were the parents of four children, all of whom became grown and named as follows: John, Jacob, Gottlieb, our subject, and Elizabeth. Of the above named children, Elizabeth became the wife of Chris Boerki and made her home in St. Louis, Mo., where she died about seven years ago.


     Gottlieb Abby, the subject of this brief sketch, was born in Switzerland in February, 1839. He was reared in his native country until fourteen years of age and received a good common school education. In 1852 the father, with his family, immigrated to the United States and located in St. Louis, Mo., where they remained two years. In 1855 our subject, accompanied by his two brothers, John and Jacob, came to Iowa and entered an eighty  acre tract of raw prairie land on which he settled and which he still retains as his homestead. Here he at once began his improvement, and by industry and good management has been able to add to his original tract of land, until he now owns no less than three hundred and twenty acres, all in a good state of cultivation and well improved. He has also erected a comfortable residence with all necessary out buildings, all of which are surrounded by handsome groves. In addition to agriculture Mr. Abby devotes much time and attention to stock raising and dairying. In 1889 he established a creamery on his farm, his dairy stock consisting of about thirty cows of the best grade. At this he has been very successful, as he is in everything he undertakes, but his success in all things is due to his industry, economy and strict business habits.


     In 1862 he entered the Union army as a private in Company F, Twenty seventh Iowa volunteer infantry. During his service he was in Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas, taking part in all the engagements in which the Twenty seventh participated. He served until the close of the war and received an honorable discharge at Clinton, Iowa, August 7, 1865.


    November 28, 1861, Mr. Abby was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Younie, of Hazel Green township. She is a daughter of Louis and Jane (Maxwell) Younie, natives of Scotland, who settled in this county in 1861, but subsequently moved to Sioux county, Iowa, where they now live. Mrs. Abby is a native of Canada, born January 16, 1852. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Abby has been made happy by the birth of five children, as follows: William, John, Elmer, Lizzie and Louis.


    In politics Mr. Abby is a republican, and is active and energetic in the support of his party. He has been called to fill several local offices, the duties of which he discharged with credit to himself and satisfaction to those concerned, and is now serving as postmaster of Abbyville. He is also an honored member of G. A. K. Post, No. 457, of Coggon, Linn county, Iowa.


    Mr. Abby is an enterprising, public-spirited citizen, and takes great interest in all matters relating to the welfare of his adopted town and county. He and his family are held in high esteem in the community in which they live and their friends are numbered by their acquaintances.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 487-353; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson