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.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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