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Among the eminently successful men in agricultural
life of Fayette county, the subject of this brief review holds a high
place. Mr. Henry Lauer was born in Winneshiek county, Iowa, on January 23,
1863, being the son of Philip Lauer. He has had unusual educational
advantages. After having completed the common school course at the
district school near his father's home in Winneshiek county, he attended
the German parochial school at Eldorado, Iowa. Entering into active life,
he became a clerk in the hardware store of Olie S. Thompson at Ossian,
Iowa. After holding this position for more than a year, he devoted his
energies to other lines, but returned from time to time to his duties in
the store. Later, he attended the Decorah Business College for some
months. After his course of study at this college, he returned to his home
and assisted his father in farming.
In March, 1886, Mr. Lauer was united in marriage to Margaret Poetting, who
was born in New York City, and had come with her parents to live in Iowa.
Mr. Lauer now determined to devote his energies exclusively to farming,
with very remarkable results. He took up this work on a fine one hundred
and seventy-acre place, where he still lives. His progressive, energetic
and intelligent efforts in this line have resulted in his home place being
equipped with new and excellent buildings, among them a tasteful and
substantial house, with pleasant and agreeable surroundings, and with the
entire farm equipped with every modern improvement and equipment that will
help to bring the best results. About eighteen years ago he named his
home, "Sunny Slope Farm" and it is one of the well known places in that
Mr. Lauer early recognized the advantages to be gained from specialization
and has, since 1890, devoted himself particularly to the breeding of fine
hogs, in addition to general farming. He is now widely known a a breeder
of full blood, Poland China hogs. His attention to this line of work has
won him many prizes at county and other fairs, in 1908 he having the
satisfaction of displaying the largest hog, which tipped the scales at
eight hundred and twenty-five pounds. He also devotes much time and
attention to the breeding and raising of cattle.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauer are the parents of eight children, all of whom are
living: Ida, Augusta, Dora, Grant, Willie, Philip, Clarence and Henry D.
The family are members of the Lutheran church. Politically, Mr. Lauer is a
Republican; for eight years he was township clerk and for fifteen years he
was secretary of the township school board. Aside from his agricultural
productivities, which would tax most men's capacity to the utmost, he has
found time to interest himself in commercial life, and has been secretary
of the German Mutual Fire Insurance Company for the past eight years.