Christof Sander, carrying on general farming and stock raising upon two hundred acres of land in Post township,
comprising one of the finest agricultural properties in the locality, is numbered among the earlier settlers in
Iowa, his residence here dating from 1870. He was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 16th of January, 1849, and is
a son of Juergen and Dora (Sander) Sander, also natives of that province. They never came to America. The father
engaged in farming in his native country during all of his active life, owning a fine property of one hundred and
sixty acres in Hanover.
Christof Sander spent his early childhood in the fatherland and attended school there for eight years. When he
was sixteen years of age he turned his attention to farming, working at that occupation in the employ of others
until 1867, when he left Germany and came to America, landing in New York, May 1 of that year. He pushed immediately
westward to Wisconsin and located in Sac county, where he worked upon farms for three years, coming at the end
of that time to Clayton county, Iowa, near Postville. His capital at that time consisted of seven dollars. He obtained
work as a farm laborer and as such continued for four years, after which he rented land for twelve years. During
that time by the exercise of unremitting industry and practical economy he saved enough money to purchase a farm
of eighty acres and to this he has since added from time to time, the place now comprising two hundred acres, all
under a high state of cultivation. Success has steadily rewarded his well directed labors and his farm is today
one of the finest in this section of Iowa, well equipped with modern buildings and machinery and reflecting in
its excellent condition his many years of care and labor. Mr. Sander engages in general farming and stock raising
on an extensive scale, keeping hogs, cattle, sheep and horses. He is also interested in chicken raising and is
a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Store of Postville.
On the 16th of April, 1875, Mr. Sander was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Schultz, who was born in Mecklenburg,
Germany. on the 30th of January, 1859, a daughter of Jochen and Katherine (Miller) Schultz, who came as pioneers
to Clayton county, Iowa, but later removed to Winneshiek county, the father following farming. Both have passed
away. Mr. and Airs. Sander became the parents of eleven children: George, who was born on the 24th of May, 1876,
and is now engaged in farming in Franklin township; Emma, whose birth occurred February 13, 1878, and who married
John Dederick, a farmer of Winneshiek county; Ida, who was born on the 12th of April, 1880, and is the wife of
Charles Schute, a farmer in Clayton county; Otto, who was born September 14, 1882, and is a carpenter in Postville;
Carl, who was born December 27, 1885, and is also engaged in carpentering in that city; and Konrad, born April
23, 1888; Walter, August 3o, 1892; Esther, October 14, 1895; Mahala, January 5, 1897; Eldo, January 6, woo; and
Caroline, May 25, 1904.
Fraternally, Mr. Sander is affiliated with the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Modern Brotherhood of America.
A resident of this part of Iowa for cver forty years, he is well and favorably known, his business integrity, loyalty
in citizenship and sterling qualities of character having gained for him the respect, confidence and esteem of
all his associates. He is one of Allamakee county's successful men and his prosperity is the more creditable to
him since it has been gained entirely through his own energy, hard work and unremitting industry and is the result
of many years of well directed and practical labor.
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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