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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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August Ferber.

Among those who are successfully engaged in general farming and stock-raising in Prussia township is August Ferber, who owns and operates an excellent farm on section 14.  A native of Iowa, his birth occurred in Guthrie county on the 16th of August, 1875, and his parents are William and Wilhelmina (Blohm) Ferber, both natives of Germany.  They emigrated to America in 1875 and settled in Guthrie county, where the father, who was by occupation a farmer, rented land for a time.  In 1880 they came to Adair county and located on an eighty acre tract in Prussia township which the father purchased.  He has added to his holdings from time to time and now owns two hundred and eighty acres in that township, on which he and his wife still reside.

August Ferber attended the public schools of Prussia township in the acquirement of his education and remained at home, giving his father the benefit of his labor, until he was twenty-seven years of age.  He then purchased eighty acres near the homestead and cultivated his land for five years, after which he sold that place and removed to his present farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on sections 14 and 23, Prussia township.  He gives his entire attention to agricultural work and his energy and practical methods insure him of a good annual return from the land.

On the 5th of November, 1902, occurred the marriage of Mr. Ferber and Miss Lucy Hofmann, a daughter of Nicklas and Barbara Hofmann, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work.  To Mr. and Mrs. Ferber have been born six children:  Harley, born February 13, 1905;  Louis, born June 19, 1906;  Harry, whose birth occurred on the 13th of December, 1908;  Ida, born October 14, 1909;  Oscar, July 21, 1911;  and Edna, January 3, 1913.

Mr. Ferber is a democrat in his political belief and for two terms served as school director of district No. 1, of Prussia township.  His religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church, of which he is a member and whose teachings form the guiding principles of his life.  His genuine worth has gained him the sincere respect of those who have come in contact with him, and he has made and held many warm personal friends.



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