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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Henry Roos.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roos

Henry Roos is one of the excellent citizens whom Germany has given to this country.  He carries on stock-raising on four hundred and eighty acres of splendid land on section 29, Jackson township, and is financially independent.  He was born on the 25th of December, 1851, a son of Henry and Philippina (Boehler) Roos, both natives of Germany, who in 1855 emigrated with their family to the United States.  They located in Henry county, Illinois, where the father died in 1872.  The mother also passed away in that county.  Four of their five children are still living.

Henry Roos remained under the parental roof until his father's demise and then found employment as a farm hand.  In 1874, however, he came to Adair county and purchased his present home farm in Jackson township, where he took up his residence in 1881.  He has erected a number of substantial and well designed buildings and has also improved his place by planting trees.  As his capital increased he invested in more land and now owns four hundred and eighty acres on section 29, Jackson township.  He has found stock-raising very profitable and devotes the greater part of his attention to raising cattle and hogs.  He understands all phases of the business and his stock seldom fails to bring a good price upon the market.

In 1877 Mr. Roos married Miss Mary Bruning, who was born in Mason county, Illinois, a daughter of J. G. and M. A. (Speckman) Bruning, both natives of Germany, who located in that county on emigrating to America.  Both passed their last days there.  Mrs. Roos is one of a family of five children and by her marriage has become the mother of nine children:  Lilly M., deceased; one who died in infancy;  Della C., the wife of Edward Jones, of this county;  Oscar G. and Katie M., both at home;  Gustave A., deceased;  Reuben H., at home;  Bena M., now Mrs. E. W. Glade;  and Henry A., who has passed away.

Mr. Roos casts his ballot in support of the candidates and measures of the republican party but has never aspired to hold political office, although he has served as school director.  Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and guide their lives by the teachings of that organization.  Mr. Roos has been quick to recognize opportunities, has planned his work well and has been energetic in the execution of his plans, with the result that he is now one of the men of affluence of this county.



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