Alfred Bender, who is busily engaged in developing and improving his farm on section 29, Dayton township, and
who also has other important business connections, belongs to that class of representative citizens who while promoting
individual interests contribute also to the general prosperity. He was born April 28, 1873, in the township in
which he still makes his home. The father, A. C. Bender, was a native of Germany and when four years of age was
brought by his parents to the new world, the family home being established in Pennsylvania, where he was reared
and educated. In that state he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Sheridan and on removing westward to Iowa settled
in Iowa county, where he purchased a farm of eighty acres from a man of the name of Waltz. Taking possession of
the property, he at once bent his energies to its further development and improvement and the result of his labors
was soon seen in highly cultivated fields, producing excellent crops. He also added substantial improvements to
the place and thereon resided until 1899, when he put aside the active work of the farm and removed to Victor,
where his remaining days were passed in well earned rest, his death occurring in July, 1914, when he had reached
the age of sixty seven years. His wife, who was born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and there remained up to
the time of her marriage, is still living in Victor at the age of sixty two years. They had a family of eight children,
W. A., Mary, Alfred, John, Joseph, Clarence, Frances and Christina. Of these Joseph was killed in an accident when
sixteen years of age.
Alfred Bender spent the period of his minority upon the old home farm and at the usual age entered the public schools,
therein pursuing his education. He also attended the Shenandoah Normal College, pursuing a commercial course. He
had excellent business training under the direction of his father and became his associate in different enterprises
and undertakings. He lived at home until he reached hips majority, at which time he was married and took charge
of the old homestead. It was on the 7th of February, 1899, that he wedded Miss Theresa Hurd, of Keokuk county,
Iowa, a daughter of J. W. Hurd, a farmer. Mrs. Bender is one of a family of eight children, five sons and three
daughters, and by her marriage has become the mother of eight children: Albert, who was born April 26, Iwo; Harold,
born September 12, 1901; Clement, December 22, 1902; Lawrence, September 5, 1904; Marie, September 18, 1906; Francis,
August 5, 1908; William, who was born February 9, 1912, and died at the age of two years and six months; and Martha,
born April 28, 1914.
Following his marriage Mr. Bender took up his abode upon the farm where he has since lived, situated on section
29, Dayton township. He has carefully cultivated his fields and cared for his crops and with equal thoroughness
and ability has managed his live stock interests, which he makes a special feature of his place. He raises a good
grade of stock and his annual sales return to him a gratifying income. Both he and his father, however, branched
out in business life, the former becoming president of the Victor Savings Bank, while the latter is now president
of the Farmers Savings Bank at Keswick. The father and son were interested in the organization of these banks and
Alfred Bender is now a director in the Farmers Lumber Company of Keswick. He recognizes opportunities in the business
world that others pass heedlessly by. His plans are well formulated and carried forward to successful completion
and his energy will permit of no recognition of the word failure. When obstacles and difficulties bar his path
they seem to call forth renewed application and enterprise and the years have chronicled substantial success as
the result of his efforts.
The family are communicants of the Catholic church and Mr. Bender is a democrat in his political views. He keeps
well informed on the questions and issues of the day and does not hesitate to support a measure in which he believes.
In a word he has always been loyal to what he has believed to be right and this has been manifest in his business
connections as well as in other relations of life.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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