August L. Steffen, who is farming successfully on section 8, Pilot township, was born in Sumner township, this
county, on the 4th of June, 1885, of the marriage of Adolph J. and Adaline (Fetzer) Steffen. The mother is a native
of Iowa county and is a daughter of Michael Fetzer, mention of whom occurs in the sketch of Edward F. Fetzer. The
father was a native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and resided there until he was a lad of twelve years, when
he and his father came to this country, his mother having previously passed to her reward. The father and son located
in Davenport, Iowa, and subsequently removed to Sumner township, Iowa county, where Adolph J. Steffen grew to manhood.
There his marriage occurred and he became the father of two children: August L.; and Ella H., the wife of Charles
Diedrich, a farmer of Lincoln township, this county. Following his marriage he located in Pilot township, where
he resided until his death, which occurred in 1889. His widow subsequently married Philip Holl and continued to
reside on a farm in Pilot township.
August L. Steffen was reared under the parental roof and received his education in the district schools. He assisted
his stepfather with the farm work until his marriage, which occurred when he was in his twenty sixth year. For
two years thereafter he operated the home farm for his mother and in 1913 he rented the place, which he is still
farming. In all that he does he is timely and energetic, and his labors yield him a good return.
On the 22d of February, 1911, Mr. Steffen married Miss Lithe Schwertfeger, a daughter of Charles Schwertfeger,
a prominent farmer of Pilot township. Mr. and Mrs. Steffen have a son, Arnold E.
Mr. Steffen is a democrat but has never had time to take an active part in politics. He and his wife are both influential
members of the German Reformed church and their lives are forces for good in their community. He is not only very
successful as a farmer but is connected with local industrial enterprises as a stockholder of the Genoa Bluff Creamery
Company. His entire life has been spent in Iowa county and there is no better proof of his sterling worth than
in the fact that those who have known him intimately since boyhood are his stanchest friends.
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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