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Emil C. Maier, Biography

from Memoirs of Clayton County, Iowa

Emil C. Maier owns and resides upon the fine old homestead farm which figures as the place of his nativity and which is eligibly situated in section 19, Volga township. He has proved specially progressive and resourceful in his independent operations as an agriculturist and practical dairy farmer and he is one of the popular and influential citizens of his native township, with an abiding
loyalty to the county that has represented his home from the time of his birth. Emil Charles Maier was born on his present homestead farm, on the 21st of November, 1870, and is a son of Jacob and Mary (Lundt) Maier, both of whom were born in Germany and both of whom are honored pioneer citizens of this county, the father having celebrated in 1916 his eighty-third birthday anniversary.  Of the children the eldest is Frederick, who is now a resident of Wadena, Fayette county ; Anna is the wife of John Stoecker, of Charles City, Floyd county; Emil C, of this review, was the next in order of birth ; Mary is deceased, and Alvina and Lucy reside at Rockford, Floyd county. Emil C. Maier was reared to the sturdy discipline of the home farm and in the meanwhile made
good use of the advantages afforded in the excellent public schools of his native county. At the age of thirty-two years he rented the home farm from his father, and eleven years later he purchased the property, which comprises one hundred and forty-eight acres of fertile land, equipped with good improvements of a permanent order and maintained as one of the really model farms of this section
of the state. Mr. Maier carries forward with energy and discrimination his operations along the line of diversified agriculture and is making the dairy department of his farm enterprise one of important and profitable order. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party, and he served six years as a member of the school board of his district. He is secretary and treasurer of the Volga Valley Telephone Company, which gives to its numerous subscribers the best of service, and both he and his wife are earnest communicants of the German Lutheran church at Littleport, in which he serves as usher. In the year 1902 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Maier to Miss Anna Schaub, who likewise was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of Traugott and Mannie (Nielbecker) Schaub. Mr. and Mrs. Maier have eight children, namely: Alma, Viola, Pearl, lona, Florence, Marvin, Verda and Grace. All of the children remain members of the parental home circle, and this attractive family home is known for its gracious and unostentatious hospitality.

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