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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Paul Queck.

Paul Queck, a prosperous and enterprising agriculturist of Adair county who has lived on his present place in Summerset township for the past twenty-two years, is now the owner of six hundred and twenty acres of valuable land in the county.  His birth occurred in Germany on the 20th of May, 1863, his parents being Frank and Barbara Queck, who spent their entire lives in that country.  To them were born five children, four of whom survive.

Paul Queck acquired his education in the schools of his native land and there spent the first twenty-one years of his life.  On attaining his majority, having determined to test the truth of the many favorable reports which had reached him concerning the opportunities of the new world, he crossed the Atlantic to America and took up his abode in La Salle county, Illinois, where he followed farming for four years.  In 1893 he came to Adair county, Iowa, and purchased a tract of eighty acres in Summerset township on which he has resided continuously to the present time.  As the years have passed and prosperity has attended his undertakings, he has augmented his holdings by additional purchase until he now owns six hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land within the borders of the county.  He has improved the property by the erection of commodious and substantial buildings for the shelter of grain and stock and has enhanced its value in considerable degree.  In connection with the cultivation of cereals he is also engaged in dairying and likewise makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock, these branches of his business adding materially to his annual income.

While still living in the fatherland Mr. Queck was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Bruckner, a native of Germany and a daughter of Frederick and Margaret Bruckner, who were also born in that country.  The father died in Germany, but the mother still survives and is now eighty-three years of age.  To Mr. and Mrs. Queck have been born eleven children, as follows:  Lena, who is the wife of A. H. Schroder;  Charles;  Frederick;  Emma, who gave her hand in marriage to Edward Freeman;  Rose, the wife of Adolph Sieg;  Lilly, who is the wife of Paul Baudler;  Freda, at home;  Henry;  Paul and August, twins;  and Ernest.

Mr. Queck exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and has ably served in the capacities of school director and road commissioner for several years.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Lutheran church, to which his wife also belongs.  The hope that led him to leave his native land and seek a home in America has been more than realized.  He found the opportunities he sought,---which, by the way, are always open to the ambitious, energetic man,---and making the best of these he has steadily worked his way upward.  He possesses the resolution, perseverance and reliability so characteristic of his nation, and he is considered one of the best citizens of Adair county.



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