From the fatherland have come many thrifty and enterprising agriculturists to this state, among them being Conrad
Lins, whose birth occurred in Corhessen, Germany, now Prussia, August r6, 1833, a son of John and Elizabeth (Andreas)
Lins. His father remained in his native land, where he followed fanning until his death in 1886, and his mother
also stayed within the borders of her own country, where she entered into rest. They reared a family of three children:
Conrad; Gertrude, who departed this life in her seventh year; and Margaret Elizabeth, who resides in Germany.
On the farm operated by his father, Conrad Lins was reared, acquiring his education in the government schools during
his boyhood, and with his parents he lived until he was twenty years of age. Hearing of the opportunities afforded
in the United States along all lines, he then embarked for this country, and after a voyage of forty six days arrived
in New York city. He proceeded at once to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he stayed for a short time and then
went to Butler county, Pennsylvania. There he engaged in farming for eleven years and, deciding to come west, he
reached Washington county, Iowa, April 6, 1865, and located in Washington township, where he purchased the land
upon which he now resides. It contains one hundred and sixty acres of land, all of which is highly improved, and
his premises being provided with substantial buildings and his grounds being well kept and in fine condition, his
farm is one of the most desirable in the county. In his early life Mr. Lins dealt in live stock on a large scale
and acquired quite a reputation as a breeder of blooded cattle and Percheron horses, but for several years past
he has devoted his attention exclusively to producing general crops.
In 1858 Mr. Lins wedded Miss Mary A. Scheidcmantel, a native of Germany, born May 19, 1838, who came to the United
States in 1848 with her parents, locating in Butler county, Pennsylvania. To this marriage were born ten children,
namely: Edward N., who died at the age of seventeen years; Margaret E., wife of Frank Shanefelt, of Estherville,
Iowa; Caroline L., who died at the age of seven years; Lucy, wife of D. C. Wells, a painter and paper hanger of
Estherville, Iowa.; Mary, who is a trained nurse residing at home; George J., at home; C. W. and Edwin R., both
of whom are engaged in farming in Washington township; Leta, wife of Dr. Cadwallader, a general practitioner of
Millersburg, Iowa; and Lavina, at home.
Mr. Lins gives his support to the republican party, and during his active career, having taken considerable interest
in local affairs, he has served as school director and has also held the office of township treasurer of school
funds since 1878. He is a charter member of the Iowa Legion of Honor, meeting with the lodge at the town of Washington.
At the age of fourteen years he united with the German Reformed church in Germany, and Mrs. Lins united with the
German Lutheran church while residing in Pennsylvania, at the age of sixteen, but they now attend the Baptist church,
to which he is a liberal contributor. His conduct has always been such as to command the respect and confidence
of his neighbors, and in every particular he deserves mention as a substantial farmer and representative citizen
of the township.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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