Biography of Fred W. Spoerry
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Fred William Spoerry is a wide awake and enterprising farmer, owning one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land in Washington township, and there, in addition to raising cereals, he is engaged in raising high grade stock and poultry. He was born February 14, 1878, a son of William F. and Caroline (Conrad) Spoerry. The father was a native of Switzerland and, coming to America at the age of seventeen years, settled in Chicago, where he was employed in connection with the big packing houses of that city until after the fire of 1871, when he removed to Davenport. He afterward worked on cattle ranches and ultimately removed from Iowa City to Marengo, where he established a meat market. At the present time, however, he is occupying a farm in this county. His wife, who was born in Germany, came to the United States in her girlhood with her father, who was a wagon maker by trade. After remaining for a time in New York he brought his family to Iowa, living first in Dubuque, later in Iowa City and then in Marengo. It was after the arrival of the family in the last named place that Caroline Conrad formed the acquaintance of William F. Spoerry, and they were married. They became the parents of six sons and two daughters: Fred William, Henry, John Christian, George Peter, Louise Caroline, Charles Edward, Mary Elizabeth and Adolph Herman.

Fred W. Spoerry acquired his education in the local schools and at twenty seven years of age he rented a farm of his wife's grandfather, living thereon for six years. On the expiration of that period he purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Marengo township, on which he resided for four years, but in the spring of 1915 he sold that place and bought one hundred and twenty acres in Washington township, where he now lives. As the weeks and months pass on he carefully tills the soil and improves the property, which he is converting into one of the excellent farms of the district. He raises the crops best adapted to soil and climatic conditions and also makes a specialty of raising Shropshire sheep and White Rock poultry, having won more than local fame in that connection.

On the 8th of February, 1915, Mr. Spoerry was united in marriage to Miss Arminta Misel, of Marengo, a daughter of Joseph and Mary E (Shriver) Misel. Her father, who devoted his life to farming, has passed away, but the mother still survives at the age of fifty eight years. In their family were twelve children. Mr. and Mrs. Spoerry have one child, Milford Orlo, born June 1, 1908.

The parents attend the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Spoerry gives his political allegiance to the democratic party where national issues are involved but casts an independent local ballot. He belongs to Marengo Lodge, No. 148, I O. O. F., and is most loyal to the teachings of the organization. He has always lived in Iowa county and many substantial traits of character have gained for him a creditable and enviable position in the regard of his fellow townsmen.

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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