Biography of Henry Lenz
Allamakee County, IA Biographies





Henry Lenz owns and operates a fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 4, Center township, a property upon which he was born, and his genuine personal worth and excellent business qualifications entitle him to mention with the representative citizens of the community. Moreover, he is one of the successful stock raisers in this section of the state and his interests along this line are extensive and important. He was born August 22, 1855, and is a son of Fred Lenz, a native of Prussia, Germany. The father served for three years in the German army, taking part in the revolution of 1848, and afterwards came to America, making his first location in Waverly, Ohio. After three years in that city he came to Allamakee county and purchased from the government one hundred and twenty acres upon which the subject of this review now makes his home. Papers show that this land was filed June 15, 1854. Fred Lenz became a successful and prominent farmer, winning a place among the substantial residents of this section. In the early days he erected log buildings upon his property and some of these are still standing. He afterward added one hundred and sixty acres to his holdings but the farm has now been reduced to its original proportions. He died upon this farm August 18, 1894. He had married at Waverly, Ohio, Miss Barbara Vogler, a native of Bavaria, Germany, who passed away April 20, 1911. Both were members of the German Methodist Episcopal church. They became the parents of six children, two of whom are now living, namely: Henry, the subject of this review; Mrs. Emma Engeihorn, of Spokane, Washington. Those deceased were: Katie, who died at the age of twelve; Mary, who passed away when she was six years of age; John, who died at the age of four; and William, whose death occurred when he was two years of age.

Henry Lenz acquired his education in the district schools of Center township and afterward attended the Methodist Episcopal Church College at Galena, Illinois. He made his home with his parents as long as they lived and after their deaths purchased the old home place, upon which he has resided during his entire life. Upon it he has made substantial improvements and it is today a valuable and productive property, worthy of comparison with the best farms in Allamakee county. For the past twenty years Mr. Lenz has dealt extensively in registered pure blooded Poland China hogs which he breeds and raises, and it is said that he has done more than any other man to improve the breed of hogs in this locality He has exhibited at state fairs in Wisconsin and Iowa and has disposed of some fine animals at excellent prices. All of his business interests are capably conducted and his success places him among the men of affluence in this community.

In Allamakee county, in 1876, Mr. Lenz married Miss Mary Gramlich, a daughter of Ernst Gramlich, of whom more extended mention is made elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Lenz are the parents of eight children: Emma, who married William Parks, of Gillette, Wyoming; William, who resides in Church, Iowa; Nettie, the wife of Charles Vahnke, of Kkmme, Iowa; Theodore, who is engaged in farming at Eagle Bend, Minnesota; Ed, who is following agricultural pursuits at Eagle Bend, Minnesota; Clara, the wife of Fremont Bauman, of Lansing township; and Harry and Edna, who live at home. The parents are members of the German Methodist Episcopal church.

Until the election of 1912 Mr. Lenz gave his political allegiance to the republican party but at that time he allied his interests with the new progressive party. He has always been active and interested in public affairs and has held various responsible official positions, including those of township assessor, school director, and treasurer and secretary of the school board. He is a man of genial nature, broadly educated, well informed and an interesting and fluent talker, and he has gained an enviable place in the favorable regard of his fellow citizens, among whom his entire life has been passed.

From:
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.
Chiago 1913


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