Benjamin Felling, who is operating one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 23, Sumner township, was born
on the farm where he still resides on the 18th of August, 1873, a son of Nicholas and Matto (Weselo) Felling. The
mother was a native of Germany, born September 1, 1843. Nicholas Felling was born in New Jersey and as a boy accompanied
his parents on their removal to the state of New York. About 1860, when a young man, he came west and located in
Yankton, South Dakota. On the 29th of October, 1862, he enlisted for service in the Civil war as a member of Company
A, First Squadron, Dakota Cavalry, and was with the army until the close of hostilities, being honorably discharged
on the 9th of November, 1865. His regiment was chiefly employed in fighting Indians in the western country. Not
long after the restoration of peace he came to Iowa and after living for a year or two in Dubuque he removed to
this county and purchased the land now in the possessidn of his son. He bought it from the original settler and
the land has been in the possession of the Felling family continuously from the time of its purchase by Nicholas
Felling in 1867. He continued to reside upon his farm until about 1899, when he retired from active life and removed
to Marengo, where he passed away on the 3d of June, 1906. He was married four times, the mother of our subject
being his second wife. They were married on the 26th of April, 1868, and were the parents of four children, three
of whom survive: Sophia, the wife of John Tromershauer, of Laredo, Missouri; Elizabeth, who married Henry Langlas,
of Sumner township; and Benjamin, of this review. One child of the first marriage of Nicholas Felling survives,
Catherine, who gave her hand in marriage to Charles Keesecker, of Dubuque, Iowa.
Benjamin Felling passed the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and attended the public schools
in the acquirement of his education. He was married when twenty two years of age and the year following assumed
charge of the home farm, which he operated for three years. He then purchased the homestead, which comprises one
hundred and sixty acres, and in 1913 he built one of the most modern country homes in the county, as it is equipped
with hot water heat, bath, electric lights and all other conveniences of the twentieth century. It is needless
to say that he has prospered as an agriculturist. He is progressive in all that he does, seeking to benefit by
the discoveries of investigators along agricultural lines.
On the 18th of April, 1895, Mr. Felling married Miss Emma Myer, a daughter of John Myer, a native of Germany, who
became one of the early settlers of Iowa county. To this union have been born two children, Leon N. and Lewis E.
Mr. Felling is a republican but has always refused to accept office, although he keeps well informed as to public
affairs. His wife is a member of the Congregational church, in the work of which she takes a helpful interest.
He owns stock in the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company and is recognized as one of the able and substantial
men of his township.
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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