CHARLES H. KRUMM.
No citizen in Allamakee county has achieved greater success as a general agriculturist and stock raiser than Charles
H. Krumm, whose attractive homestead lies in Post township and comprises one hundred and eight acres of land. He
was born in Mechlenberg, Germany, September 6, 1860, and is a son of John and Caroline (Freil) Krumm, natives of
the same locality, where the mother died in 1870. Eight years later the father crossed the Atlantic to America,
joining his son who had located in Iowa some years before. He settled on a farm south of Garnavillo, where he remained
for seven years, retiring from active life at the end of that time and making his home with his sons until his
death in 1885. In Germany he had served in the regular army, having begun his term of enlistment in 1848. He never
neglected any of the duties which fell to his lot as a man and as a citizen, and his death was widely and deeply
regretted in the community where his many sterling traits of character had become well known.
Charles H. Krumm acquired his education in the public schools of Germany and when he was eighteen years of age
accompanied his father to America, settling in Clayton county, Iowa, where for a number of years he engaged in
farming in the employ of others. He was ambitious, industrious and energetic and by the time he was twenty two
had accumulated enough money to rent land, following farming as a renter until he purchased his present property
of one hundred and thirteen acres in Allamakee county. Upon this he has since made substantial improvements, erecting
modern buildings, installing the neccessary equipment and steadily carrying forward the work of development along
practical and progressive lines. In addition to this property he owns a five acre timber 'tract two miles north
of his farm and a large amount of stock in the Postville Clay Products Company and in the Cooperative Creamery.
Most of his attention is, however, given to his stock raising interests, which have continually increased in volume
and importance and which now form one of the most profitable sources of his income. He makes a specialty of breeding
and raising full blooded Poland China hogs and his shipping business has expanded rapidly, his markets last year
covering fourteen different states. For a number of years he bred cattle on an extensive scale but he has since
discontinued this branch of his business and now raises only milch cows for dairy purposes. His business interests
are always carefully and capably conducted, gaining him a gratifying measure of success and a place among the representative
farmers and stock raisers in this vicinity.
On the 16th of January, 1882, Mr. Krumm married Miss Minnie Schierholz, who was born in Garnavillo township, Clayton
county, November 11, 1856, a daughter of Herman and Anna (Taugeman) Schierholz, natives of Germany, the father
born in Oldenburg in 1805 and the mother in the province of Hanover in 1816. Mr. Schierholz came to America when
he was twenty eight years of age, spending three months on the Atlantic. Landing in New Orleans, he walked from
that city to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and there secured employment as a cabinet maker and carpenter, trades
which he had learned in the fatherland. Later he removed to Ohio, settling on a farm near New Bremen, whereon he
resided until 1845, when he came as a pioneer into Iowa, taking up a grant of government land in Garnavillo township,
Clayton county. He steadily carried forward its improvement and cultivation until 1890, when he retired from active
life and moved into Garnaville where he passed away in 1897, at the remarkable age of ninety one years, nine months
and thirteen days. His wife had died in 1891. He was one of the first settlers in Garnavillo township and no man
was more familiar with pioneer conditions in that section of the state than he, for he made his first settlement
there when it was a mere frontier district and when the Indians were yet numerous on the prairies. He witnessd
the great government round up of three thousand Indians at Garnavillo and he bought the first reaper ever used
in this part of Iowa. In his death, Clayton county lost one of her honored pioneer citizens and his passing was
sincerely regretted by all who were fortunate enough to come within the close circle of his friendship.
Mr. and Mrs. Krumm became the parents of six children, three of whom are deceased. Those living are: Alice, who
was born March 13, 1887, and who married H. F. Schmidt, superintendent for the Johnson Brothers Manufacturing Company
at Madison, Wisconsin; Minnie Elizabeth, who was born August 27, 1888, and resides at home; and Effie Roselea,
whose birth occurred on the 5th of November, 1894
Fraternally Mr. Krumm is affiliated with the Masonic order, holding membership in Brotherly Love Lodge at Postville,
the chapter at Elgin, the commandery at West Union and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Cedar Rapids. He is identified
also with the Modern Brotherhood, the Yeoman and the Turner Society. His religious views are in accord with the
doctrines of the German Lutheran church and politically he is independent, voting according to his personal convictions
without regard to party lines. Although he has never sought nor desired public office he was for a number of years
treasurer of the school board and during that time did a great deal of important work in school affairs. He is
a progressive, enterprising and loyal citizen and, having thoroughly identified his interests with those of this
part of Iowa, has made substantial and lasting contributions to its agricultural growth and progress.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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