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Frederick John STELLPFLUG

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Frederick John STELLPFLUG

Posted: 27 Mar 2001 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 13 Jan 2004 6:10AM GMT
Surnames: STELLPFLUG, SHONAT, WILLIAMSON, SCHMIDT
Frederick John Stellpflug, proprietor of Walnut Grove Stock farm, who for a number of years has been engaged in farming and stock raising in sections 29 and 32, Gale Township, though recently retired,was born on the same farm Dec. 6, 1866, son of John Alois and Sarah Frances (Shonat) Stellpflug. The father was born in Westphalia, Germany Sept. 28, 1838, and came to the United States in 1847, locating at Milwaukee, where he resided for about seven years. While there he assisted in building the first railroad to enter that city and also aided in filling the marsh. Later he engaged in farming at West Bend, Washington County. In 1860 he came to Trempealeau County and settled on land in sections 29 and 32, which now constitutes the farm of his son Frederick J., and which land he purchased from the Government. Here he remained until his death June 30, 1907, developing the farm, on which he made most of the improvements. He was a stockholder in the Arctic Springs Creamery, which he helped to organize, and of which he was vice-president and director for many years. In early days he was also a member of the township board. His wife, Sarah Frances, who was born in Oswego County, New York, Sept. 4, 1850, is still living on the home farm. Frederick J. Stellpflug was the eldest of 14 children. He acquired the elements of knowledge in the Grant schoolhouse and has always resided on the family homestead, the management of which came into his hands when he was 25 years old. The estate contains 200 acres of land and is well supplied with good buildings and all necessary equipment. Here Mr. Stellpflug carried on general farming for a number of years, also breeding Holstein cattle. He has lately, however, retired from active farm work and rented the farm, though still residing upon it. Aside from his interests in this connection, he is a stockholder in the Arctic Springs Creamery, of which he is vice-president, a directory and stockholder in the Farmers and Merchants Bank, directory in the Farmers Elevator Company, and a stockholder in the Independent Harvester Company of Plano, Ill., the La Crosse Packing and the Ettrick Telephone Companies. He is now serving in his twentieth year as clerk of the school board and was township treasurer three years. In politics he is independent. June 19, 1912, Mr. Stellpflug was married to Elizabeth Williamson, who was born in Gale township, near Galesville, Oct. 11, 1891, daughter of Richard Ellis and Christina (Schmidt) Williamson. Her father, who was born in Little Tamarack, this township, in 1864, has always been a farmer and is still in active life, now residing about two and a half miles from Galesville. His wife was born in this township, Nov. 16, 1866. They had five chidren, of whom their daughter Elizabeth was the eldest. Mr. and Mrs. Stellpflug are the parents of two children: Frederick Joseph, who was born July 2, 1913, and Cecelia Elizabeth, born Sept. 2, 1915. The family are members of the Catholic church. Mr. Stellpflug also belongs to the Foresters, being recording secretary of his lodge, and to the Woodmen's Accident Assurance Company. It is his present intention to continue his residence on the farm.
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nancesampson4... 27 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT 
rebholzgary 18 Apr 2013 5:48PM GMT 
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