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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Christian W. Diers.

Christian W. Diers is one of the excellent citizens whom Germany has given to Adair county and the success which he has achieved is doubly creditable in that he had no capital when he arrived in this country and was also unfamiliar with its language and customs.  He owns an excellent farm on section 2, Jackson township, and derives a good income from his agricultural labors.  His birth occurred in Hanover, Germany, on the 25th of November, 1857, and his parents, Peter N. and Maggie (Strohsal) Diers, passed their entire lives in that country.

Mr. Diers was reared under the parental roof and attended the public schools in the acquirement of his education.  In 1876, when nineteen years of age, he decided to take advantage of the opportunities offered ambitious young men in the United States and accordingly emigrated to this country.  After spending a year in New York city he came to Adair county, Iowa, and for three years worked as a farm hand.  In 1880 he began farming for himself on a small scale, boarding with a farmer from whom he rented land.  In 1882 his marriage occurred and he and his bride began their domestic life upon a farm in Summerset township which Mr. Diers leased.  Subsequently he removed to Jackson township, where he operated rented land until 1902.  By that time his financial circumstances were such that he bought his present farm, which comprises a quarter section of land in Jackson township.  He has since resided there and is devoting his time and thought to the cultivation and improvement of his property.  He has met with gratifying success as a farmer and stock-raiser and by reason of his thrift and good management his resources are steadily increasing.  He also owns stock in the Fontanelle Lumber Company of Fontanelle.

In March, 1882, Mr. Diers married Miss Caroline Hill, who was born in Germany, September 9, 1858, and who came to this country a year or two later than Mr. Diers.  To their union have been born six children:  Minnie, born April 9, 1884, now the wife of Ray Green, of Grove township, this county;  Alda, born January 2, 1886, who married William Echington, of Eureka township;  Chrissie, born July 23, 1890, who is at home;  Ernest, born January 17, 1892, who is assisting his father;  and Emma, born December 23, 1896, who is also at home.

Mr. Diers is a republican in politics and has served acceptably as a member of the school board.  Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Fontanelle Lodge No. 250.  Both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church and its teachings form the guiding principles of their lives.  Mr. Diers has gained the unqualified respect of all who have been brought in contact with him and his many friends hold him in the warmest regard.



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