Biography of Chris Gleerup
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Chris Gleerup, a resident farmer of Liberty township, his home being on section 20, was born at Jylland, Denmark, in 1848, his parents being Jens Jensen and Mary (Matson) Gleerup, who were also natives of Denmark, both born in 1814. In early life the father took up the occupation of farming, but afterward learned and followed the potter's trade, owning and conducting quite an extensive establishment for the manufacture of pottery. He also owned a fair sized farm in Denmark. He served in the Danish German war of 1848 and he was a very active man in connection with public affairs in his community, holding various offices of responsibility in his town. He led a busy, active and useful life and never came to the United States, devoting his life to the management of his individual interests in his native country.

Chris Gleerup, who was one of a family of twelve children attended school in Denmark and in early life learned the baker's trade, which he followed for six years, beginning his apprenticeship when a youth of sixteen and continuing until he reached the age of twenty two. He afterward served for sixteen months in the Danish army in accordance with the laws of the country and then made preparations for coming to the United States. Having crossed the Atlantic, he journeyed to the middle west, reaching Buchanan county, Iowa, in 1874. Immediately afterward he began farming in Liberty township, but after a brief period devoted to agricultural pursuits there he removed to Independence and for two years was connected with a confectionery store. He next went to Cedar Falls, where he was engaged in the furniture business. He then sold out and returned to Buchanan county, where he purchased land and was again engaged in farming, but after a brief period was appointed steward of the county home, which position he occupied for five years. He is today the owner of one hundred and forty acres of land on section 20, Liberty township, and largely concentrates his energies upon the development and improvement of his farm, which indicates his careful, practical and progressive management in its excellent appearance.

Mr. Gleerup was united in marriage to Miss Anna Maria Nelson, a niece of Charles Nelson, who was the pioneer of the Danish settlement in Liberty township. Her parent, Nels and Margaret (Rasmussen) Nelson, were natives of Denmark. In early life the father followed farming in that country and he, too, served in the war of 1848. He came to the United States in 1875, settling in Buchanan county, where he owned a small tract of land but never became active in affairs here. In religious faith he was a Seventh Day Adventist. To Mr. and Mrs. Gleerup has been born a daughter, Ella, now the wife of Chris Johnson, a resident farmer of Liberty township, and they have three children, Evan, Leta M. and Paul Weyler.

Mr. Gleerup votes with the republican party, but has never been ambitious to hold office. He has been officially connected with the schools, however, serving as one of the directors for more than twenty years. He has been particularly active as a factor in the Danish settlement and has freely given helpful advice and counsel to all who have come to him, his opinions being much sought. For the past thirty six years he has been identified with the Danish Baptist church and has held all of its offices, including those of Sunday school superintendent, steward, trustee, etc. He is never too busy to find time to devote to church work and has done much to further the moral development of the people of his community He is very popular and well liked by all who know him, for it is recognized that he is an honorable, upright man and he has social qualities which find expression in friendliness, sympathy and kindness.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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