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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 275 - 276.


"Nicholas SALTZMANN, one of the first settlers of Ringgold County, and an active and enterprising farmer and stock-raiser of Poe Township, where he resides, on section 23, is a native of France, born in the year 1829, and a son of Nicholas and Barbara (Garber) Saltzmann.

The parents lived in their native land, France, until March 1, 1853, when they embarked with their family in a sailing vessel, at Havre, and after a voyage of twenty-eight days landed in New York. From that city they proceeded to Buffalo, where they waited twenty-one days for a steamer to take them to Sandusky, Ohio, thence to Findlay, Ohio, where they remained two and a half years.

In November, 1855, Nicholas Saltzmann, Jr., and four of his brothers came to Ringgold County, Iowa, when he located on his present farm, which, at that time, was an unbroken tract of prairie land. The parents subsequently came to Ringgold County, where the mother died November 9, 1867, aged sixty-four years. The father still makes his home in Ringgold County with his children.

Nicholas Saltzmann, our subject, was married in 1859, to Miss Anna Egley, a native of France, and to this union have been born seven children - Ellen C., wife of H. C. Smith, of Poe Township; Jacob, Simon, Nicholas, Clara, Margaret and Noah.

After marriage Mr. Saltzmann remained on what is known as the old homestead. He has been very successful in his agricultural pursuits, and by his industry and good management he has accumulated 650 acres, all of which is now under fine cultivation, with a good residence and commodious barn, and out-buildings for the convenience of his stock.

He is quite extensively engaged in stock-raising in connection with his general farming, and is making a specialty of Norman horses and high-grade cattle, having at present 100 head of cattle on his farm. He is a thorough, practical farmer, and is classed among the substantial and self-made men of his township, having commenced life entirely without capital."

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