Biography of Frank W. Cordes
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Frederick W. Cordes, farmer, was born in this county April 4, 1847. His parents, Casper and Mary (Martin) Cordes, were natives of Prussia, emigrated in 1835 and located where they still reside, in this tp. Mr. Cordes was married in Kent county in 1876 to Rosa, daughter of August and Frances Meyer (the former born in Switzerland, the latter in Canada). Mrs. Cordes was born in Canada, Aug. 31, 1856. Mr. Cordes has a farm of 80 acres on sec. 26. Both himself and wife are members of the Catholic church. William Cordis is a native of Prussia, born Feb. 2, 1839. He is a son of Anthony and Elizabeth Cordis, and came to this country in 1836, He went to California in 1850, where he spent a year mining, and made $2,000. He was married in 1856 to Catharine Hoffman, born in 1834. They have had seven children, of whom six are living, Josephine, Adelaide (Mrs. Henry Steinbrecher), Francisca, Albert F., Elizabeth and Emma, Richard is deceased. Mr. Cordes has a fine farm of 160 acres, situated on sec. 26. He is one of the earliest settlers in Alpine. P. O., Grand Rapids.

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