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.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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