|Peter C. Levsen
Born October 23 1858
|Peter C. Levsen, the owner of an excellent and highly improved farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Madison township, is widely recognized as one of the most extensive and successful cattle feeders in the county. His birth occurred near Hustim, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, on the 23d of October, 1858. His parents being Edlef H. and Elsabe (Jansen) Levsen, who were also natives of that country. In the year 1869 they crossed the Atlantic to the United States, locating in Clinton county, Iowa, where the father became identified with general agricultural pursuits as a renter. Seven years later, in 1876, he came to Jones county, purchasing the farm of two hundred and forty acres in Madison township which is now In the possession of his son, Peter C. Here he made his home until the time of his demise, devoting his energies to the work of farming with excellent success. He passed away in 1888, at the age of seventy-seven years, while his wife was called to her final rest in 1902, when eighty-three years of age. They were both devoted and faithful members of the German Lutheran church.
Peter C. Levsen, who was a lad of eleven years when he accompanied his parents on their emigration to the new world, supplemented his early education, obtained in the schools of his native land, by a course of study in the public schools of this state. He was twenty years of age when his elder brother, Hans, was married and left the parental roof and thereafter the management of the home farm devolved upon him. Subsequent to his father's death he bought the interest of the other heirs in the property and thus came into possession of one of the most valuable and highly improved farms in the entire county. He has since extended its boundaries by additional purchase until it now embraces three hundred and twenty acres, and he likewise owns a half section of valuable land in the Saskatchewan district in Canada. For years he has dealt in stock on an extensive scale and is today one of the heaviest cattle feeders in Jones county, feeding from eight to ten carloads annually. He has been very successful in both his farming and live-stock interests and has long been numbered among the most prosperous, enterprising and progressive citizens of the community.
In 1890 Mr. Levsen was united in marriage to Miss Louisa H. Rick, of Sabula, Iowa. They are now the parents of four children, namely: Paul, who is a graduate of the Wyoming high school; Hettie, a high-school student; and Emil and Marvin, who are attending the public schools.
Politically Mr. Levsen is a stalwart advocate of the principles of the democracy but at local elections supports the candidate whom he believes best qualified for office, regardless of party affiliation. His business interests have been carefully conducted, his duties of citizenship capably performed, and at all times he has been true to the obligations and responsibilities that has devolved upon him in every relation of life, so that he well merits the esteem and good will which are uniformly accorded him.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 179.
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