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August H. Jansen
Born February 5, 1859
The agricultural interests of Jones county find a worthy and successful representative in August H. Jansen, who now makes his home in Wyoming township. He was born in Germany on the 5th of February, 1859, a son of Peter and Cecilia Jansen, who crossed the Atlantic to the United States in the year 1882. They took up their abode in Jones county, Iowa, and here spent their remaining days. They had a family of nine children, five of whom still survive, as follows: Hans, a resident of Chicago, Illinois; John, living in Wyoming, Jones county; Johanna, who likewise makes her home in this county; August H., of this review; and Peter, the cashier of the Wyoming Bank.
August H. Jansen attended school in his native land but had only limited opportunities in that direction. He accompanied his parents on their emigration to the new world and remained at home until he had attained his thirtieth year, when he was united in marriage to Mrs. Melvina Reimer. Subsequently he rented a farm in Clinton county, Iowa, and was successfully engaged in its operation for ten years. He made a specialty of buying, feeding and shipping stock and handled as many as thirty carloads a year, this branch of his business proving very remunerative. In 1899 he returned to Jones county and bought a farm in Madison township, residing thereon until 1908, when he disposed of the property. He then bought a farm of seventy-two acres in Wyoming township, adjoining the village of Wyoming, and has since devoted his time and energies to its cultivation and improvement. He likewise owns six hundred and forty acres of land in Canada, all of which is now under cultivation and three hundred and twenty acres of which was planted to wheat in 1909. Though empty handed when he started out in life on his own account, he has made good use of his opportunities and as the years have gone by has prospered as the result of his unfaltering industry and capable management.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Jansen have been born three children, namely: Peter C., who is a graduate of the Wyoming high school; Albert H., who has likewise completed his studies in that institution; and Arthur M. The three sons are still under the parental roof.
Mr. Jansen gives his political allegiance to the men and measures of the democracy, but the honors and emoluments of office have no attraction for him. The hope that led him to leave his native land and seek a home in America has been more than realized. He found the opportunities he sought—which, by the way, are always open to the ambitious, energetic man—and making the best of these he has steadily worked his way upward. He possesses the resolution, perseverance and reliability so characteristic of his nation, and his name is now enrolled among the best citizens of Jones county.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 181.


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