Herman Paeper, who is carrying on farming on section 33, Hartford township, was born in Scott county, Iowa,
on the 28th of December, 1866, a son of John and Fredericka Pamper, both natives of Germany. In the early '50s
they emigrated to America and first located in Scott county, Iowa, where the father farmed rented land until 1872.
In that year the family removed to Iowa county and here he purchased a farm two years later. Both he and his wife
are deceased. Three of their six children survive, namely: Emma, the wife of William Herschberger; Charles, of
Victor; and Herman.
The last named attended the district schools in the acquirement of an education and through assisting his father
early became familiar with practical methods of farming. He remained at home until he was of age and then was for
two years employed as a hired hand. At the end of that time he rented a farm but a year later bought eighty acres
on section 33, Hartford township, which he has since cultivated. He has made a number of improvements upon his
farm and keeps everything in splendid condition. He specializes in stock raising but also grows the usual crops.
Mr. Paeper was married in 1914 to Mrs. Nettie (Best) Kinzler. She was born in this county and is a daughter of
Alexander and Martha (Furney) Best, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Ohio. They were among the early settlers
of Iowa county and here their marriage occurred. The father has passed away but the mother is still living. Mrs.
Paeper is one of two children and by her first marriage she has two children: Alva, who is married and resides
at Kinross, Iowa; and Roy, of Belle Plaine, Kansas.
Mr. Paeper is a republican but has never desired to hold office. He belongs to the Lutheran church and his wife
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Both are highly esteemed in their community, and the respect in
which they are uniformly held is well deserved.
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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