Biography of Christopher Pfeil
Winona County, MN Biographies

CHRISTOPHER PFEIL. farmer, was born near the Rhine river, in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, July 17, 1821. He was accustomed to farming from early youth, but received a good common school education, like all German children. In 1843 he came with his parents to Milwaukee county, Wisconsin. By his own industry he soon secured sufficient means to purchase eighty acres of land from the United States government in the heavy timber of Washington county, which he cleared up alone. This he sold and bought ninety acres in Milwaukee county. He was married at Milwaukee, January 14, 1849, to Elizabeth Wambold, a native of the same locality as himself. In 1860 Mr. Pfeil removed to Minnesota and bought 160 acres of land on Sec. 4, in this town, on which fifty acres were broken. Mr. Pfeil was the first German to settle here. By his attention to the proper tillage of his farm and shrewd business management, he has accumulated a large landed interest. His domain includes 380 acres on Sec. 4 and 9, thirty acres within the city of St. Charles, and 800 acres in the town of Elba. Six hundred acres of this is tilled by Mr. Pfeil, the balance being devoted to pasturing his large stock of horses and cattle. Immense quantities of manure are yearly applied to the enrichment of his farm, which is known as one of the most productive in this region. His farm buildings are the most complete and commodious in St. Charles township, and everything about his premises betokens thrift and care. Mr. Pfeil began life in America with his bare hands, clearing over 100 acres of timber land, and now enjoys the fruits of his early toil. He is independent in religion and politics. His family includes eleven children, all of whom are at home. Their names are Catharine, John, Jacob, George, Elizabeth, Maggie, Eva, William, Lina, Frederick and Caroline.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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