Lindow, Gustav  (b. 1854)







----Source: HISTORY OF CLARK COUNTY, 1918 pages 326 - 327



Gustav Lindow, an early settler in Fremont Township, where he now has an excellent farm that he developed from the wilderness, was born in Lomira, Dodge County, Wis., Dec. 8, 1854, son of Fred and _____ (Bussloff) Lindow. His mother died when he was a young child, and never knew his mother or her name. The father after coming to Wisconsin, contracted a second marriage with Eliza Sanders Niemburg. Fred Lindow and his first and second wife were all natives of Germany, he being born in Brandenberg, where he learned the trade of linen weaver. In the early fifties he set out for the United States with his first wife and two children, Gusta and William, locating at Lomira, Dodge County, Wis. There the wife died at the age of about 30 years, and Mr. Lindow subsequently married a second time, as above recorded. The family removed to Fond du Lac County, and from there, in 1861, to Calumet county, where Fred Lindow took land - some forty acres - put up a log dwelling and began the work of improvement, which he continued until his death at the age of 60 years, in 1881. Long before that time, however, he had increased the size of his farm by the purchase of an additional tract of eighty acres, and later another tract of twenty acres.


He was a member of the Evangelical Church, and services in early days were held in his log cabin. Gustav Lindow attended school but a short time, as he was obliged to help his father from an early age, and remained with him until he was 23 years old, after which he worked for himself. In 1880 he bought forty acres of wild land in Section 27, Fremont Township, paying 6 an acres for it. The surrounding country was mostly a wilderness and there were no roads to his place. In the same year he married Rosa Jansch and began domestic life. She was a native of Germany, who had come to the United States with her parents, William and Caroline Jansch, locating in Waukesha County, Wis., whence they removed seven years later to Calumet County. There her father cleared a farm and he and his wife still reside there. He is 87 years old and his wife is 88 years old. The family were members of the Evangelical Church.


On beginning the work of improvement, Mr. Lindow built a shanty across the road from his place, to serve as a temporary residence until he could erect a substantial log house, which, when completed. contained two rooms and an attic, and measured 18 by 24 feet. He also built a log barn of good size. He and his wife started farming here with one cow, and it was two years before he secured a pair of steers for a team. After making some progress with the clearing of this farm, Mr. Lindow bought forty acres more, and still later another tract of the same size, all of which he cleared with the help of his family, the original forty-acre tract, however, being cleared entirely by himself. In time, continuing to prosper, he put up a brick house of eleven rooms, with halls also a basement barn, 40 by 106 feet in size a silo 12 by 32 feet., and an automobile shed and granary. In the early days he and his family drove to church with their ox team, being members of the Evangelical Church in Fremont Township. Mr. Lindow is a member of the Farmers' Equity Association. He and his wife have been the parents of six children: Laura, who died at the age of 9 years Bertha, who married Rev. August Happe, a minister of the Evangelical Church, and has two children, Lorena and Esther Charles, who married Lucy Happe, and has two children, Helen and Marion Albert, residing in Fremont Township, who married Irene Happe, and has one child, Lorma Lydia, who is the widow of Edwin Happe, and the mother of once child, Verna and William, who resides at home.





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