Lewis Achenbach, well known as a prosperous representative of the agricultural interests of Jefferson county,
was born on the farm which he now operates, May 23, 1865. His parents, Ludwig and Margaret (Theophel) Achenbach,
were natives of Germany. His father, on his arrival in this country, in 1849, located in Ohio, but soon went farther
west, choosing Jefferson county, Iowa, for his home. Here, he located near the town of Lockridge and secured employment
with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, which was then constructing its road through this region. He
continued at this work for several years, when he bought forty acres of land in Lockridge township and engaged
in farming. From time to time, he bought more land, increasing the size of his farm, until it comprised one hundred
and seventy acres. He cultivated this land till eight or ten years before his death, when he rented it to his sons,
and retired to live free from responsibilities thenceforth. His death occurred in July, 1898. His wife passed away
many years earlier, in December, 1882.
Lewis Achenbach was brought up at home. He was sent to the Lockridge township schools, where he was educated in
the common branches of learning. After concluding his schooling, he assisted with the work on the home farm. When
he came of age, he rented land and began to farm for himself, living with his parents, however, with whom he remained
until their death. On this occasion, the home farm came into his possession; and to the cultivation of this tract
of one hundred and seventy acres he has given his whole energies ever since. He is a practical farmer, and progressive
in his methods; believing in the best possible equipment for a farm, in order to attain the most satisfactory results.
The buildings, all erected by himself, are well constructed and modern in detail. He raises on an average sixty
head of hogs a year; he keeps twenty five head of cattle and ten horses.
On January 17, 1892, Mr. Achenbach was united in marriage to Mary L. Graf, a daughter of John and Louisa (Snyder)
Graf. Her parents too, were natives of Germany, having came to this country with the incoming tide of foreign population,
during the middle of the nineteenth century. When her father was old enough, he began to farm, buying for this
purpose a farm in Lockridge township. Here he remained till death claimed him in May, 1911. His widow survives
him and is now in her seventieth year.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Achenbach. Their names are: Clara E., aged eighteen; Herman H., aged fifteen;
Bertha A. died in 1900; Ruth M., aged eight; and William Henry, aged five. Mr. Achenbach is a republican, and was
elected by the members of his party to serve three terms as trustee and as secretary of his township. He was secretary
of the school board for fourteen years. In his religious faith, he and his family give their support to the Lutheran
church. Mr. Achenbach is a man of high moral character, and responsive to every appeal for the advancement of his
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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