Among the thrifty German farmers who have established homes in Long Lake township, Watonwan county, is Frederick
Abel, who was born in Germany, September 19, 1850. He is a son of Michael and Anna (Huske) Abel, both natives of
Germany, where they grew up, were married and established their home. There the father spent his life, but after
his death the mother immigrated to America, in 1883, spending the rest of her life in DeWitt county, Illinois.
Frederick Abel grew up in the country, his father being a farm foreman, and he received a limited common school
education in his native land. When twenty two years old he set sail for the new world, landing in Baltimore, Jtine
29, 1872. He spent two years at Annapolis, that state, then came to Chicago, where he spent two years, and for
eighteen years he worked in Cook and DeWitt counties, Illinois, coming to Watonwan county, Minnesota, in 1892,
locating on the farm where he still lives, in St. James and Long Lake townships, where he owns a fine farm of three
hundred and twenty three acres, which he has placed under a high state of improvement and cultivation, carrying
on general farming and stock raising most successfully.
Mr. Abel was married on February 25, 1873, in Annapolis, Maryland, to Emilia Golz, a native of Germany, w'ho came
to America in 1871, with other members of her family, her parents, Henry and Eva Golz, coining in 1872. Later they
came on to Chicago, where he died. The mother's death occurred about twenty eight miles from Chicago. Mr. Golz
served several years in the German army. He devoted his active life to farming.
The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Abel: Tillie, deceased; William, living; Ernilia and Anna,
both deceased; Daniel, living; Fred, deceased; Gustav and Hulcia, all three deceased; John and Henry, both living;
Mary, deceased; Fred, living; Herman, deceased; Selma, Lydia, both living; Minnie and Alma, both deceased.
Politically, Mr. Abel is a Republican, sometimes voting independently. He is active in the affairs of his community,
is now serving his second term as justice of the peace, and for twelve years was school director, filling these
offices most ably and acceptably. He and family are members of the Lutheran church of St. James, of which he has
been a trustee for twenty years and an active worker.
Emma Abel, the seven year old daughter of Gustav Abel (deceased), son of subject, is now living with Frederick
Abel and wife. She goes. to school.
History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties
Their People, Industries and Institutions
John A. Brown, Editor in Chief
B. F. Bowen and Company, Inc.
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies
Also see Railway Officials in America 1906