Claus Sandersfeld, who has lived in Iowa county for fifty five years and has been long and actively identified
with general agricultural pursuits, owns and operates a well improved farm of three hundred and seventy five acres
on sections 21, 22 and 27, Iowa township. His birth occurred in Oldenburg, Germany, on the 4th of February, 1846,
his parents being Bernard and Anna (Reuver) Sandersfeld, the former an agriculturist by occupation. In 1860 the
family emigrated to the new world and came direct to this county, settling on the place which is now in possession
of our subject. To Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sandersfeld were born seven children, two daughters and five sons, four
of whom survive, namely: Fred, Claus, Bernard and John.
Claus Sandersfeld was a youth of fourteen when he came to Iowa county and has remained within its borders continuously
since. When twenty six years of age he started out as an agriculturist on his own account and has followed farming
throughout his entire business career, now owning three hundred and seventy five acres of valuable land on sections
21, 22 and 27, Iowa township. Success has attended his undertakings, for he utilizes the most practical and modern
methods in the conduct of his farming interests and annually gathers good crops which find a ready sale on the
market. He is a stockholder in the Iowa Hilton Telephone Company and the York Creamery.
In February, 1871, Mr. Sandersfeld was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Busch, her father being Christian Bush, who
came to this county from Indiana. To them have been born eleven children, ten of whom survive, as follows: Bernard,
a farmer of Iowa township, who wedded Miss Louisa Zahn, now deceased; Christian; who wedded Miss Hannah Maas and
is also an agriculturist of Iowa township; Louis, who married Miss Anna Wichman and is likewise engaged in farming
in Iowa township; Anna, who is the wife of George Steiner, an agriculturist of Iowa township, Henry, also an Iowa
county farmer, who married Miss Tillie Maas; George, who wedded Miss Gesina Slemke; Claus, who married Miss Minnie
Milke and lives in Osceola, Iowa; Lizzie, who married Martin Kleinmeyer; August and Evelyn, both at home. Mrs.
Sandersfeld, who was an excellent wife and mother and a most estimable lady, died on the 8th of May, 1915, and
was laid to rest in St. John's cemetery of the German Evangelical church in Iowa township.
Politically Mr. Sandersfeld is a stanch republican and is now ably serving in the capacity of road supervisor.
His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Evangelical Lutheran church, of which he has been
a trustee for several terms. He has many warm friends, who recognize in him the elements that contribute most to
the upbuilding of home and the best interests of the community.
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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