Fred Christian Kaiser Biography


Fred Christian Kaiser, one of the well remembered old timers of Fall Creek Township, was born February 20, 1832, in Prussia, Germany.  He came to America when a young man and at Quincy October 24, 1860, married Anna M. Struck.

She was born September 24, 1837, in Schleswig Holstein, Germany, and was a young woman when in 1852 she came to the United States.  Her parents were Amos and Elsa Struck, who located in Quincy about 1857.  Her brother John had come to Adams County in 1852, and her sister Katherine, who married Jacob Herleman, was here in 1855.  Her brother Henry is still living in Quincy.  Amos Struck died in 1863 and his wife in 1881.

The day after his marriage Fred Kaiser and his wife located on a farm in the north part of Fall Creek Township.  They lived there over nineteen years, and in 1880 moved to the farm of 291 acres which is still known as the Kaiser homestead.  A hundred sixty acres of this is bottom land.  Mr. Kaiser put up all the buildings and other improvements, and he also owned land in Missouri.

Fred C. Kaiser died February 7, 1896.  He was a member of the Bluff Hall Lutheran Church, a democrat, and served as road commissioner, and was in all respects a model citizen.

Brief reference to the children of Fred C. Kaiser and wife is as follows:  Henry;  Maria M., widow of Henry G. Echternkamp; Catherine, wife of J. M. Wilson, a resident of Quincy and a railway mail clerk; Margaret, widow of Fred Adams of Quincy; Elizabeth, who died at the age of thirteen;  Fred, who lives in Saskatchewan, Canada; and William H., who was born in 1881 and has always made his home on the Kaiser farm, living there with his mother.

Quincy and Adams County History and Representative Men, Volume II, by David Wilcox.  Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1919, pp  1246-1247.

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