Ben and Sarag (Schifferer) Feucht Family

Ben is the son of Carl and Emma (Knobloch) Feucht, born February 8, 1907 south of Lester. At the age of 7 days his mother passed away due to complications from childbirth. Later his father married his aunt, Pauline Knobloch.

He farmed with his brothers and married Sarah Schifferer of Elgin, Illinois, on August 24, 1939. In 1940 they moved to Elgin and Ben worked at the Elgin Casket Company and became inspector. The company had to close because they couldn’t get material due to war time. Then he worked for Kellenberger’s Garage Service as a mechanic.

A daughter Judith Kay was born April 7, 1942 at Elgin. In the fall of 1942 they decided to move back to Lester and farm again. In 1944 they farmed 1 mile west, 2 miles south and 3/4 mile west of Lester and Ben enjoyed working with horses and had a team of work horses until the 1950s. In 1962, they bought a farm 1 mile north and 1 mile east and mile north of Lester and remained there until retirement. They moved to their home south of the Lester water tower in January of 1972. They attend the Apostolic Christian Church of Lester, Iowa.

Also to this union was born on May 31, 1947 a son Lonnie Lee at the Rock Rapids Hospital. Lonnie was killed in an auto accident on May 11, 1969 near Rowena, South Dakota.

Some of Ben's special memories of Lester are playing pool, dances (Lawrence Welk), selling cattle to Sioux City and Chicago by rail and that it was a busy town, especially on Saturday night. Things Ben enjoys telling and talking about is picking corn by hand, threshing, butchering and the fun they had being together.