This is an age in which the farmer stands
pre-eminently above any other class as a producer of wealth. He simply
takes advantage of the winds, the warm air, bright sunshine and refreshing
rains and, applying his own hands to nature's gifts he produces the
necessaries of life. The commercial world has come to recognize his
importance and has surrounded him with many conveniences not thought of
one hundred years ago. And the farmer has not been slow to take advantage
of the aids thus offered. Among the up-to-date farmers of Fayette County
is Edward EITEL, who operates a highly improved farm in Center township,
and who is entitled to be numbered among the progressive and enterprising
farmers of the community.
Mr. Eitel was born in Green county, Wisconsin, on October 15, 1859, and is
a son of John G. and Lena (FISHER) Eitel, both of whom were natives of
Wurtemberg, Germany. They came to America in 1849, settling in the state
of Vermont. Two years later they removed to Green county, Wisconsin, where
the father engaged in farming up to the time of his death, which occurred
in 1898. His wife died in 1887. Of the seven children born to them, six
are living. Politically, John G. Eitel was a Republican, though not an
office seeker, while in religion he was a member of the Lutheran church,
his wife being a Catholic.
The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, with the work of which he
became familiar at an early age. He is indebted to the common schools for
his educational training, which has been liberally supplemented during the
subsequent years by observation and experience of a practical nature. In
1887 Mr. Eitel came to Fayette county, Iowa, and rented a farm in Windsor
township, to the cultivation of which he applied himself for three years.
At the end of that period, in 1890, he bought the splendid farm in Center
township which he now owns. This farm, which comprises two hundred and
forty acres, is up to date in every respect, and Mr. Eitel has made a
number of permanent and substantial improvements, having built an
attractive, well-arranged and comfortable residence, commodious barn and
other necessary outbuildings, all of which bespeak him as a man of sound
ideas and practical methods. In addition to carrying on general farming
operations, Mr. Eitel has met with much success as a dairyman and as a
breeder and raiser of of Holstein cattle. He has been a hard working man
and to his own personal efforts is attributable the success which he has
Politically, Mr. Eitel gives an earnest support to the Republican party
and has rendered efficient service as a trustee of his township. His
fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen of America, the
Brotherhood of American Yeomen and the Mystic Workers.
On January 25, 1885, Mr. Eitel was united in marriage to Rosa ZELMER, who
was born in Green county, Wisconsin, on January 14, 1863, the daughter of
William and Sophia (BECKMAN) ZELMER. These parents, who were natives of
Germany, came to America, locating in Green county, Wisconsin, in an early
day, and there the mother died in 1901. Mr. Zelmer, who was farmer of
vocation, is now retired and is living in Monroe, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs.
Eitel have become the parents of one son, Arthur Lewis, who was born on
January 30, 1888, in this county. The latter received a good common school
education, which he supplemented by two years' attendance in Upper Iowa
University, and he is now at home assisting in the operation of the farm.
He is a Young man of fine personal qualities and is well-liked by all who
know him. Mr. Eitel is known as a man of industry, honesty and loyalty to
right principles, and because of his estimable personal qualities he
enjoys an enviable standing in the community."