Otto Tielebein is the owner of a well developed farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 3, Newton township,
and is also manager of the implement business of Buckley Brothers at Kiene. He was born in Dubuque county, this
state, March 3, 1863, a son of Frederick C. and Catherine E. (Fisher) Tielebein, both of whom were natives of Germany.
In 1853 the father came to America and, making his way into the interior of the country, settled in Dubuque county,
where he purchased land and carried on general farming until 1865. He then came to Buchanan county, where he purchased
one hundred and sixty acres in Newton township, and again his persistency of purpose and careful management were
soon manifest in the improved appearance of his place, which he cultivated throughout his remaining days. He passed
away in March, 1901, and his wife died in November, 1908.
Otto Tielebein was but two years of age when his parents came to Buchanan county and he has since remained here,
a witness of its growth and development and an active factor in its business affairs. He is indebted to the public
school system for the educational opportunities which he enjoyed, and he remained upon the home farm with his parents
until they were called to their final rest. The father's land was then divided and Otto Tielebein purchased the
interests of some of the other heirs in the property, so that he now owns one hundred and twenty acres of arable
and productive land on section 3, Newton township, adjoining the town of Kiene. In fact, lie gave the land for
the town site and the right of way for the railroad. He is engaged in farming upon his place and his labors are
attended with good results. He practices the rotation of crops and modern scientific methods of farming and annually
gathers good harvests. At the same time he capably manages the implement business of Buckley Brothers at Kiene,
where he was formerly engaged in the hardware business but sold out. He is also a stockholder in a general store
Mr. Tielebein exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the democratic party and he
is identified with several fraternal organizations, including the Masons, the Modern Woodmen of America and the
Modern Brotherhood of America. He has filled several local offices, serving for four years as township clerk, as
a member of the election board for fifteen years and for twenty years as a member of the school board, of which
he is now the secretary. He was also township trustee for three years and he has ever been loyal to the office,
discharging his duties with promptness and fidelity and thus furthering the best interests of the public.
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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