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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John P. Kneip.

John P. Kneip is actively identified with agricultural pursuits as the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres on sections 21 and 22, Grand River township.  His birth occurred in Germany on the 1st of May, 1877, his parents being John and Margaret Kneip, who spent their entire lives in that country.

John P. Kneip acquired his education in the schools of the fatherland and when a youth of sixteen years left the parental roof and began providing for his own support.  In 1902, when a young man of twenty-five years, he crossed the Atlantic to the United States and made his way direct to Adair county, Iowa.  Here he worked for others for four years and then rented a farm which he cultivated for three years.  On the expiration of that period he purchased eighty acres of land in Jackson township but sold the property three years later and bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on Sections 21 and 22, Grand River township, which he has operated continuously and successfully since.  In connection with the production of cereals he devotes considerable attention to the raising of stock of all kinds, this branch of his business proving very remunerative.

In 1906 Mr. Kneip was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Beitz, a native of Adair county, Iowa, and a daughter of Adam and Julia Beitz, both of whom were born in Germany but passed away in this country, the father coming here when still but a boy.  To our subject and his wife have been born five children, namely:  Margaret, Agnes, Cecelia, Gertrude and Ilene.

Mr. Kneip gives his political allegiance3 to the democracy, while his religious faith is that of the Catholic church, of which his wife is also a devout communicant.  He has never had occasion to regret his determination to establish his home in the new world, for here he has won success by dint of industry and perseverance and now enjoys an enviable reputation as a substantial and esteemed citizen of his community.



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