Michael Christ Sr Life
Homo Michael Christ s. irrnts resii' a family ot '•I'llilivn. upright iiwl thrifty, with"lit with"lit U'ing able tn pi-nvlile them'with imirli O f n . financ'inl start. Other liai-ontH leave !L I>| K estate for their '•lilldrcn who nro without training on ho\v to take cure of It. Again sonic parents rear a small family and Rive the children n start In the world with both money and training, This mention is of a citizen o( Lakota. who has reared a family of ten yowl citizens, every one a tor. mer, and him at the same tlm« built up itn estate out of which eacV of tlio ten children was provldec with capital with which to add to tlio prestige of the family. The head ot this family, Mlchae Christ, came to America from Ober ampbrach, county of Fuhtwangen Bavaria, In 18S5. He was always and Is todnv, of rugged health, anc has been weighing more than 22 In these later years. Mr. Christ brought ?500 with him from the old country, enough Hugo <ota, Advance Ledyard, camo same mother 480 neighborhood. from was her from The February Hugo, December the saved litters wived called acres bushels good get married on soon after he came Laler and to begin fanning with. His bride was Katherine Ebert, wno came from the same part of Bavaria at about the same time. The couple were married July 20, 1.885. All of the children were born on the old home farm east of Lakota and grew to manhood or womanhood there, ] and nil live and farm within a few miles of the old home place. The names of the children, as en. tered In the family Bible, are Leon ard, married and lives at the north- cast edge of Lakota on ISO acres of his own land, a well Improved farm; Ernest, second eldest, who Is farm Ing his own 180 acres east of La kota; F. August, also on his own 150 acres, just across the road from the old home farm; M. Karoline now Mrs. A. Poppe, who with her husband owns and farms 160 acres northeast of Lakota; A. Marie, now Mrs. H. J. Boettcher, who with he husband has a well improved 15' ncre farm east of Lakota; F. W Michael, farming his own 160 acres a little way north; R. F. Bertha, now Mrs. Otto Engelbarts, farming northeast of Ledyard, 240 acres, which she and her husband own; A. Karl, farming 150 acres of his own east of Lakota; A. Frederick, who has the old home farm of his father-in-law, father-in-law, August Bauman; and A. George, who has the old Christ home farm. Each of the ten children, except George and Fredrick, has reached or passed age 30, and lias been given $10,000. George and Frederick will be similarly treated when they have reached that age. Dad Christ still owns the old home farm, also a well Improved 150 acres rented to Fred Laabs, just north of Lakota. He has owned as high as 1,000 acres, but he gradually sold it hack to his children as they became old enough to take It over. In this connection it might be mentioned that the Christ boys and girls have been up against the same problem that many others faced af- ;er the land boom period. Those who _ into their Inheritance when and prices were high bought high- priced land, and later saw its value decline. Mother Christ died December 11, 1918, and August's wife died in January, January, 1924. These sad dates are also entered In the old bible. One son, Lakota now even .he 'arm •180 this good In than boys two A. Michael, died in Infancy. With the exception of the $500 an'd also tho E. of a which Mr. Christ-brought over from Germany and about $1200 inherited by Mrs. Christ later, the fortunes of the whole family were made right at Lakota. Cheap land was bought and shrewdly operated, and the boys and girls were all reared to be good farmers and good citizens, satisfied satisfied with their life and proud of their homes. We called at the home of the eldest eldest son Leonard one evening a little late, and found that Dad Christ, who Is 75 and now lives with this son, had retired for the night. Leonard said that his father, before he gave up farming and came to live with him, raised 200 hogs a year, fatted a car of home-grown cattle, and kept 15 to 20 milk cows. He was for years a director of the Citizens Savings Savings bank, Lakota, and Is etill consulted consulted on matters of business by Lakota Lakota pepole who have found him honest'and of good judgment. He has lived to see 1,644 acres of good Iowa land farmed by his family, and also to see 23 grandchildren growing up around his knee.