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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.

  
 

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Fritz Rudolph Kellenberg.

Fritz R. Kellenberg and Family

Fritz Rudolph Kellenberg, who is successfully engaged in farming and stockraising on section 2, Prussia township, was born in Hanover, Germany, October 2, 1846.  His parents, Frederick Wilhelm and Frieda (Grimm) Kellenberg, were also natives of the fatherland and both passed away in that country.  The father was by occupation a laborer.

Fritz Rudolph Kellenberg attended school in his native land and worked as a farm hand there until he was twenty-seven years of age, when he emigrated to this country.  He made his was immediately to Adair county, Iowa, where he farmed rented land for eight years.  In the meantime he carefully saved his money and at the end of that time purchased an eighty acre tract on section 2, Prussia township, where he still resides.  Later he bought an additional eighty acres across the road from his first purchase and, together with his son, he operates the one hundred and sixty acres.  They grow considerable grain and also raise stock, feeding hogs for the market.

Mr. Kellenberg was married in 1880 to Miss Lizzie Molln, a daughter of Joachim and Lena (Smith) Molln, both natives of Germany, whence, in 1859, they emigrated to America.  They first located in Bureau county, Illinois, but in 1868 came to Adair county, Iowa, and settled near Fontanelle.  The father is now living with our subject, but the mother passed away on the 8th of January, 1914.  Mrs. Kellenberg was born in Bureau county, Illinois, on the 30th of May, 1861, and by her marriage she has become the mother of eight children, as follows:  William Max, who is farming east of Greenfield and who married Miss Emma Sieg;  John Frederick, a farmer of this county, who married Miss Ida Eckert, by whom he has a daughter, Pearl;  Annie, the wife of Eli Lundy, who is farming in Madison county;  Henrietta, who died when twenty-one years of age;  John Henry, who is farming east of Greenfield and who married Miss Annie Sieg, by whom he has a son Edward;  Hannah, and Minnie, both at home;  and Rudolph, who is assisting with the operation of the homestead.

Mr. Kellenberg is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than the party.  For one term he served as road superintendent and he has at all times manifested a commendable interest in public affairs.  Both he and his wife hold membership in the German Lutheran church.  He is recognized as a capable farmer, a good citizen and a man of unquestioned integrity.

 

 

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