As the name indicates, Fred Baustian comes of German ancestry and the traits of character which ever mark the people
of that nationality are strongly manifest in his life. He is the owner of one hundred and fifty acres of land on
section 4, Pleasant township, and here he is devoting his energies to its further improvement and cultivation.
Mr. Baustian is a native of Fowesliiek county, born in Chester township, July 12, 1872, a son of George and Elizabeth
(Schmidt) Baustian, both of whom were born in Germany, the former in Pashinn, January 26, 1837. He was a young
man of twenty one years when he emigrated to the new world with his parents, the date of their arrival being June
21, 1861. They located in Illinois and it was in Lockport, that state, that George Baustian was married, on the
13th of October, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth Schmidt. He remained in Illinois until the spring of 1866, when he removed
with the family to Jasper county, Iowa, where he made his home for five years. He then came to Poweshiek county
and engaged in farming, in which he continued until in May, 1901, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. He remained
in an invalid condition until his sufferings were terminated by death on the 16th of November, 1906, when he was
in his seventieth year. He was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church and was a member of that denomination
in Malcom. He was an industrious man and led an upright life, his genial spirit and kindly deeds endearing him
to all those with whom he came in contact. His widow, who was born in Germany, May 9, 1835, still survives, and
now makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Appleby, in Chester township. By her marriage she became the mother
of eight children; John, a resident of Rock Rapids, Iowa; George; Henry; Peter; Joseph; Fred; Emma, the wife of
Andrew Appleby, of Chester township; and Sophie, deceased wife of John Baltisberger, of Poweshiek county.
Fred Faustian spent the period of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and was early trained to habits
of industry and economy, which have proved valuable assets in his later life. At the time of his marriage he started
out upon an independent business venture, operating rented land for five years. He then purchased one hundred and
sixty acres of land in Chester township but sold this and bought his present farm of one hundred and fifty acres
in March, 1906, this farm being located on section 4, Pleasant township. He here gives his time and attention to
general farming, and his labors have brought him a gratifying measure of prosperity.
Mr. Baustian was married February 14, 1895, to Miss Henrietta Schultz, who was born in Sheridan township, November
8, 1873, a daughter of Carl Heinrich Martin and Augusta (Blat) Schultz. Her father was born September I, 1843,
in Richtenberg, Pomerania, Prussia, and came with his parents to America in 1855, the family home being established
at Princeton, Illinois. After residing for ten years in that state, the family removed to Poweshiek county, and
here Mr. Schultz followed farming in Sheridan township for many years but the last five years of his life were
spent in Malcom, where he Was called to his final rest, when more than sixty two years of age. His widow still
survives and makes her home in Brooklyn. Their marriage was blessed with seven children but two of the number are
deceased: Minnie and August, who died at the age of fifteen years. Those living are: Lena, the wife of Peter Baustian;
Henrietta, the wife of our subject; Jacob; Theodore F.; and Gertrude. All are residents of Poweshiek county. Unto
Mr. and Mrs. Baustian have been born three children; Alfred, Carrie and Grace.
Mr. Baustian gives his political allegiance to the republican party and his religious faith is indicated by his
membership in the Lutheran church of Malcom. He is a representative young farmer, who rapidly discerns opportunities
of advancement and is working his way to the front among the substantial citizens of Poweshiek county.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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