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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Henry W. Stelling

Henry W. Stelling, who is meeting with gratifying success as a farmer and who owns a quarter section of excellent land in Prussia township, is a native of Germany.  He was born on the 10th of September, 1848, and is a son of Henry and Catherine (Rehm) Stelling, also natives of the fatherland.  The father followed agricultural pursuits.  He passed away in Germany in 1868 but the mother survived until 1885.

Henry W. Stelling was reared in his native land and there received his education.  He worked as a farm hand for some time, but when twenty-two years old, or in 1870, emigrated to the United States.  For eight years he resided in New York city and there worked in the employ of the street car company.  At the end of that time he made his way westward and located in Adair county, Iowa.  He worked for others for a year after coming to this county, but at the expiration of that period purchased eighty acres of land on section 2, Prussia township, which he operated for about twenty-eight years.  He then sold that place and purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 11, Prussia township, which he has since improved and developed.  He is energetic and industrious and his well directed labors yield him a good income annually.

On the 17th of October, 1881, Mr. Stelling was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Motschmann, a daughter of John and Dorothy Motschmann, who passed their entire lives in Germany.  The mother died in 1895.  To Mr. and Mrs. Stelling have been born eight children, namely:  Maggie, who died in 1908;  John and Dora, at home;  Lizzie, who died in 1910;  William, who is farming in this county;  and Mary, Lena and Fred, at home.

Mr. Stelling supports the democratic party at the polls and is a loyal worker in its behalf.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church and all movements seeking the moral betterment of his community receive his hearty cooperation.



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