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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.

  
 

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Benjamin Funke.

Benjamin Funke is a representative farmer of Prussia township, cultivating two hundred and six acres of land on section 34, belonging to his father.  He was born in this township, January 7, 1872, a son of Ernst and Katherine (Erbis) Funke, whose record appears elsewhere in this work.

Benjamin Funke was reared on the farm which he now operates, while his education was acquired in the rural schools near by.  He remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-five years of age and was subsequently employed by others at farm labor for one year.  He then rented the home place comprising two hundred and six acres in Prussia township and to its cultivation he has since given his undivided attention.  He also annually feeds a carload of cattle for shipment.  He is industrious and energetic and his labors are bringing him rich returns annually.

On the 2d of January, 1899, Mr. Funke was united in marriage to Miss Marie Bretchsneider, a native of Germany who with her mother emigrated to the United Sates in 1890, the father having died in his native country in 1875.  The mother resided on a farm in Adair county until 1908, since which time she has lived on a farm in North Dakota.  To Mr. and Mrs. Funke have been born eight children:  Sophia, Lizzie, Katie, Gladys, Velma, Ernest, Andrew and Florence M.

In political faith Mr. Funke is a republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Lutheran church.  He has learned well life's lessons and has put them to practical account.  His success has come as the result of energy, labor and perseverance, directed by an evenly balanced mind and guided by honorable business principles.

 

 

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