Philip Holl, a prosperous farmer residing on section 4, Pilot township, was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany,
on the 4th of July, 1864, a son of Ernest F. and Catherine (Holl) Holl. The father was killed in the battle of
Sedan four hours before peace was declared, and in 1877 the mother, who had two brothers living in the United States,
emigrated to this country with her two children and her mother. They located in the Amana settlement in Iowa county,
Iowa. Mrs. Holly subsequently married John Waters and they took up their residence on a farm in Iowa township.
Philip Holl was thirteen years of age when brought to this country and received the latter part of his education
in the public schools of Iowa county. Upon reaching mature years he decided to make farming his life work and purchased
one hundred and three acres of fine land in Marengo township, where he resided for nine years. At the end of that
time he removed to his present farm on section 4, Pilot township, and has since devoted his energies to its cultivation
and improvement. He raises the usual crops and also raises some stock and in both phases of his business is meeting
with gratifying success.
On the 17th of March, 1915, Mr. Holl married Mrs. Adolph Steffen, who was in her maidenhood Miss Adaline Fetzer
and is a daughter of Michael Fetzer, a prominent early settler of Iowa county, more extended mention of whom appears
elsewhere in this work. By her first marriage Mrs. Holly has two children: August L. Steffen, a farmer of Pilot
township, this county; and Ella H., the wife of Charles Diedrich, a farmer of Lincoln township. Following the demise
of her first husband Mrs. Holl had entire charge of the estate and proved a very capable business woman, purchasing
additional land which increased her holdings to four hundred acres of as fine land as there is in Iowa county.
The democratic party finds in Mr. Holly a stalwart supporter, and both he and his wife are loyal members of the
Lutheran church. He is a capable farmer and is also a public spirited citizen, being at all times ready to assist
in promoting the interests of his community along material and moral lines.
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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