Biography of Frederick Jordan
Marion County, IA Biographies





FREDERICK JORDAN.
Through the years of his connection with Marion county Frederick Jordan, now deceased, ranked with the leading and representative farmers, owning a valuable property of two hundred and sixty acres on sections 7 and 8, Knoxville township. He was born in Brunswick, Germany, November 9, 1826, and was there reared to manhood. He learned the cabinetmaker's trade in his youth and guided by the laudable desire to make the best possible use of his time and opportunities, he came to the new world, believing that he would have better advantages on this side of the Atlantic. It was in 1847 that he made the voyage and soon afterward he became a resident of Madison, Wisconsin, where he followed various business pursuits during a period of eighteen months. At the end of that time he went to Fort Madison, Iowa, where he continued until 1852, and in the fall of that year he started for California, attracted by the discoveries of gold on the Pacific coast. Four and a half years were devoted to mining in that state, after which he returned to Fort Madison, where he lived until 1860, when he came to Marion county, here making'his home until his death.

Throughout the period of his residence here Mr. Jordan carried on general agricultural pursuits and was very successful in the development of his fields and the improvement of his property. He was well known as a man of thrift, of energy and of determination, and his labors were soon evidenced in the substantial improvements which he placed upon his farm. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he was extensively engaged in stock raising and won substantial success as the years passed on, becoming eventually the owner of a splendid farm property of two hundred and sixty acres in Knoxville township.

In April, 1878, Mr. Jordan was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Brennaka, a native of Germany, and they became the parents of fifteen children: Christina, George, Louis, Emma, John, Charles, Albert, Anna, Henry and Mandy, all of whom are yet living; and August, Willie, Clara, Minnie and Mary, who have passed away. Mr. Jordan was devoted to the welfare of his family and his greatest pleasure in his success came from the fact that it enabled him to provide a good home for his wife and children. He passed away in March, 1901, and his death was the occasion of deep and widespread regret among those who knew him. He had never had occasion to feel sorry that he came to America on attaining his majority, for in this country he found the opportunities which he sought and in their improvement gradually worked his way upward, ever proving a loyal citizen of his adopted land.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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