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Nicholas C. Holst
Born October 6, 1881
Nicholas C. Holst is a well known and successful agriculturist of Scotch Grove township and in association with his brother, Cornelius M., owns and operates a highly improved and valuable farm of three hundred and seventy-five acres. His birth occurred in Clinton county, Iowa, on the 6th of October, 1881, his parents being Nicholas and Sabina (Hansen) Holst, both of whom were natives of Germany.
When a young man of eighteen years the father crossed the Atlantic to the United States, locating in Clinton county, Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand until the outbreak of the Civil war. Joining the army, he loyally fought for the interests of the Union during a period of four years, participating in many hotly contested engagements. When hostilities had ceased he returned to Clinton county, where he purchased a tract of forty acres of timber land, while later he bought one hundred and twenty acres, more, making his home thereon until 1884. In that year he disposed of the property and came to Jones county, purchasing a farm of three hundred and seventy-five acres in Scotch Grove township, to the cultivation and improvement of which he devoted his attention throughout the remainder of his life. He also became the owner of another tract of four hundred and eighty acres and was widely recognized as one of the most extensive landowners and prosperous agriculturists of the county. His demise occurred on the 25th of November, 1906, and his wife had been called to her final rest on the 24th of April of the same year. Their children were three in number, as follows: Anna, the wife of John H. Reimers, of Jones county; Nicholas C., of this review; and Cornelius M., who is in partnership with his brother.
Nicholas C. Holst and his brother, Cornelius M. both obtained their education in the common schools and when not busy with their text-books assisted in the work of the home place, thus early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. They now own and operate the old homestead farm of three hundred and seventy-five acres in Scotch Grove township and in addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate, they also make a specialty of raising and feeding stock of all kinds, both branches of their business proving a gratifying source of remuneration to them.
On the 29th of April, 1908, Nicholas C. Holst was united in marriage to Miss Toni M. Rohwedder, a native of Madison township, this county, and a daughter of John H. Rohwedder, who is mentioned on another page of this volume.
Politically the Holst brothers are stalwart advocates of the democratic party. They are young men of enterprise, unfaltering energy and good business ability and have a wide and favorable acquaintance throughout the county in which they have spent practically their entire lives.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 522.


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