Adam F. Rauscher, for many years engaged in general farming in Jefferson county, but now living retired in Lockridge,
was born in Koenigsbach, Amt Durlach, grand duchy of Baden, Germany, on July 4, 1842. Mr. Rauscher is proud of
the little Baden village in which he first saw the light of this world and wants his children to always keep in
kind regard the place, wherefrom the family sprung, and which was the boyhood home of their father. His parents
were Adam F. and Salme (Frantz) Raunchier, also natives of the fatherland. Adam F. Rauscher, who was a stone mason,
together with his wife and family emigrated to the United States in 1854, arriving here in the month of April.
He located in Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade until October of that year when he removed to Ohio. The
family continued to reside in the Buckeye state until 1857 when they again started westward, Iowa being their destination.
They settled in Story county, the father resuming his trade but as work was scarce he leased a farm, which he operated
one season. He had a fine crop of corn, but the market was over supplied with this product and times were very
hard, so he not only found it impossible to sell his grain but could not trade it. Necessity compelled him to again
change his location, so he and his family went to Des Moines, where he found plenty of work at his trade. They
remained in the capital city until the spring of 1860, when they came to Jefferson county and rented a farm in
Lockridge township. The operation of this land he turned over to his children, while he worked at his trade until
1865 when he had accumulated sufficient capital to enable him to buy a farm on what is now known as "Four
Corners," Lockridge township. Withdrawing from his trade he devoted his entire attention to the cultivation
of his homestead, upon which he resided until 1889, when he retired. For about seven years thereafter he made his
home with his son Adam F., from whose home he went to live with a daughter in Fairfield, where he passed away on
the 19th of December, 1898; the mother's death had occurred previously, in May, 1893.
The life record of Adam F. Rauscher had covered a period of twelve years when he emigrated from Germany to the
United States with his parents. The greater part of his education was acquired in the fatherland, although while
living in Ohio he attended the public school for one winter. He early began assisting his family, either by the
contribution of his small earnings or aiding in the work of the farm. He remained a member of the parental household
until he had attained his majority. At this stage he began for himself by hiring out as a farm hand. After working
for a year in Jefferson county he went to Illinois where he continued to work at the same occupation until 1869.
By means of close application, temperate habits and thrift he had accumulated the money necessary to enable him
to buy ninety acres of land in Lockridge township, adjacent to his father's place. But eight acres of this tract
was cleared, so he diligently applied himself to clearing and placing the remainder under cultivation, after which
he split the rails for a fence about his land. He operated this place in connection with his father's ninety acres
for several years, when he bought out the latter, making his holdings aggregate one hundred and eighty acres. He
disposed of his farm in 1895 and went to Missouri, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres that he cultivated
for eight years. At the expiration of that period he sold out and returned to Jefferson county, settling down in
Lockridge, where he has ever since lived retired.
In August, 1870, Mr. Rauscher was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Kintz, a daughter of Christian and Barbara
(Molis) Kintz, also natives of Germany. The father emigrated to the United States in 1836, first locating in Columbus,
Ohio, where he remained for four years. In 1840 he came to Jefferson county and entered land in Walnut township.
He immediately set about clearing and improving his property, continuing to add to his holdings from time to time,
until he had acquired two hundred and fifteen acres. He continued to operate this place until his death on the
4th of May, 1892. The mother survived for five years thereafter, her demise occurring in September, 1897. Mr. and
Mrs. Rauscher were the parents of eight children, as follows: Frederick William, who is residing in Lockridge;
Ernest Theo, who is engaged in farming in Lockridge township; Martha R., the wife of Henry Achenbach, a farmer
of Iowa county; Henry M., who is an implement dealer in New London, Iowa; Herman R., who is engaged in the same
business in Mount Sterling, Iowa; Karl L., who is a harness dealer in New London, Iowa; Christian A., manager of
the Lumber Company of German Valley, Illinois; and Bertha C., who was born and died in 1877.
In religious faith Mr. and Mrs. Rauscher are German Lutherans, and politically he is a democrat. His untiring energy
and capable management enabled Mr. Rauscher to acquire a comfortable competence and he is now one of the stockholders
and a director of the Lockridge Savings Bank. He is one of the many fine citizens Germany has given the United
States, whose energies have been devoted to the developing and upbuilding of the great middle west.
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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