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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John Weinheimer.

Among the progressive and well-to-do farmers of Prussia township is John Weinheimer, who owns two hundred acres of excellent land on section 26.  He was born in Bureau county, Illinois, on the 17th of May, 1879, and is the son of Fritz and Elizabeth (Decker) Weinheimer.  The father, who was born in Germany, emigrated to the United States when seventeen years of age and made his way to Bureau county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming until 1884.  In that year he came to Adair county, Iowa, and in the spring purchased two hundred acres of land in Prussia township.  Later he added one hundred and twenty acres to his holdings and for a number of years operated the entire three hundred and twenty acres, all of which he brought to a high state of cultivation.  At length he retired from active life and he and his wife took up their residence in Fontanelle, where he passed away April 1, 1912, at the age of seventy-two years.  Mrs. Weinheimer now makes her home with her daughter.

John Weinheimer received his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof, assisting his father until he was twenty-four years of age.  In 1903 he began his independent business career and purchased the two hundred acre farm on section 26, Prussia township, where he has since resided.  The place is well improved and the land is naturally productive and is in a high state of cultivation.  He grows the usual crops and also raises cattle and hogs for the market.  He is energetic and progressive and is meeting with a gratifying measure of success in his chosen occupation.

Mr. Weinheimer was married February 24, 1904, to Miss Matilda Leuthauser, a daughter of John Nicholas and Annie M. (Wedemeyer) Leuthauser, both natives of central Germany.  The father was born on the 5th of December, 1853, and in 1868, when about fifteen years of age, emigrated to America.  He first located in Bureau county, Illinois, whence he removed to Prussia township, Adair county, Iowa, where he still lives.  His wife came to America with her parents, Jacob and Katharine (Ernest) Wedemeyer, in 1869.  The family located in Guthrie county, Iowa, but later removed to Audubon county, where Mr. and Mrs. Wedemeyer passed away.  Their daughter, Mrs. Leuthauser, is still living.  Mr. and Mrs. Weinheimer have two children:  Edward, who was born June 20, 1907;  and Florence, whose birth occurred May 21,1913.

Mr. Weinheimer gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and manifests a commendable interest in public affairs but is not an office seeker.  Both he and his wife hold membership in the German Lutheran church and take an active part in its work.  He is well known throughout the county and those who have been most intimately associated with him are his sincerest friends, which is proof of his genuine worth.



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