Biography of Conrad Gabriel
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Conrad Gabriel is the owner of an excellent farm of two hundred and forty acres, situated in Lincoln and Dayton townships. In its midst stands a modern residence, attractive in its style of achitecture and in its equipment and commanding a fine view of the farm, which stretches in undulating fields that, carefully cultivated, are bringing to the owner a golden return for the care and labor which he bestows upon them.

Mr. Gabriel has always lived in Iowa, his birth having occurred in Muscatine county, April 9, 1857, his parents being Adam and Eliza (Gleisner) Gabriel, both of whom were natives of Hesse-Cassel, Germany, and in that country were reared, educated and married. The interesting tales which they heard concerning the new world and its opportunities led to a decision to try their fortune on this side of the Atlantic and in 1856 they bade adieu to friends and fatherland and sailed for the United States, making their way at once to Muscatine county, Iowa, where for twelve years the father followed the occupation of farming. At the end of that time they removed to Iowa county, where their remaining days were passed, the father's death occurring in October, 1905, when he had reached the very venerable age of eighty eight years, while his wife died in 1878. They were the parents of six children, two sons and four daughters: Martha, who is married and lives in Utah; Anna. who died at the age of fifteen years; James, a farmer of Dayton township; Eliza, living in Grinnell, Iowa; Conrad, of this review; and Mary, who is married and lives in Pasadena, California.

Conrad Gabriel was about ten or eleven years of age when his parents removed from Muscatine to Iowa county, where he has since remained. In his boyhood he attended the public schools and divided his time between the work of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the labors of the fields. He had practical training in the work of tilling the soil and caring for the crops so that his experience was of much value to him when he started out in life on his own account. He has always followed farming and is now the owner of two hundred and forty acres of rich and productive land, which he has brought under a high state of cultivation. His farm is neat and thrifty in appearance and in its midst stands an attractive modern residence, while upon the place are good barns and outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. Mr. Gabriel makes good use of his time and energies and in the management of his property displays sound judgment and keen sagacity.

Mr. Gabriel has been married twice. In 1883 he wedded Miss Elizabeth Fish, with whom he traveled life's journey for about a decade, when in 1893 she was called to her final rest. They were the parents of four children. Leo A., who was born April 8, 1885, and is now a resident farmer of Deep River township, wedded Mary Thomas and they have one child, Orville Lynn. Eva, born December 3, 1887, is the wife of Charles Bale, of Marengo. Their only child is deceased. Mabel, born February 22, 1890, is the wife of Clarence Jordan, of Fresno, California. Pearl, born April 8, 1892, is the youngest child of the first marriage. After losing his first wife Mr. Gabriel married Margaret Dougherty, of Poweshiek county, a daughter of John A. and Mary (Reynolds) Dougherty. She was born March 13, 1871, and was one of ten children, six sons and four daughters. For seven years prior to her marriage she was a successful teacher in the country schools and on the 20th of March, 1895, she became the wife of Conrad Gabriel. They attend the Methodist Protestant church and are interested in the material, intellectual and moral welfare of the community, giving active aid to many measures which are of direct benefit to the county. As the years have gone by Mr. Gabriel has so directed his energies as to win substantial success and is now one of the representative farmers of Dayton township.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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