Through well directed business activity and enterprise Carl Wilke has gained recognition as one of the prosperous
farmers of Allamakee county. He owns and operates a highly improved tract of land of one hundred and forty six
and one quarter acres near Postville. Since 1860 he has lived in this county, during which time his labors have
not only contributed to his on prosperity but have proven effective forces in the advancement of the general welfare.
Mr. Wilke was born in Germany, December 18, 1860, and is a son of John and Louisa Wilke, natives of Mecklenburg.
They never came to America, the father spending his active life working in the factories of his native province.
Carl Wilke acquired his education in the public schools of Germany and as a young man obtained work as a farm laborer
in Mecklenburg, retaining that position until he crossed the Atlantic to America in 1880. Coming immediately to
Iowa, he worked as a farm hand near Postville for five years and then bought a farm in Franklin township, this
county, upon which he resided for eleven years. He eventually sold that property and bought one hundred and forty
six and one quarter acres near Postville, upon which he still resides. He has made substantial improvements upon
the property and upon it carries on general farming and stock raising, both branches of his activities being well
directed and profitable. In addition to his homestead Mr. Wilke owns one hundred and twenty acres in Franklin township,
which is operated by his son.
On the 18th of November, 1887, Mr. Wilke married Miss Louisa Schultz, a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, born February
10, 1864. She is a daughter of John and Louisa Schultz, both of whom have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Wilke have
six children: William, who is married and engages in farming in Franklin township; and Ella, Nora, Bertha, Edna
and Thelma, all of whom live at home.
Mr. Wilke is a member of the Lutheran church in Postville. He gives his political allegiance to the democratic
party and although he has never sought nor desired public office, has in the promotion of his individual prosperity
contributed in substantial measure to the progress and development of this section. He has depended upon no outside
aid or influence but has wrought out his own success along well defined lines of labor and achieved his prosperity
by industry and perseverance.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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