Claus J. Grube, a well known retired farmer now living in Manning. was born in the province of SchleswigHolstein, Germany, on the 24th Of February, 1845. He is a son of Detleff and Anna (Miller) Grube, native of the same province. the father having been born in 1817 and the mother in 1813 The father, who was a laborer, emigrated to the United States with his wife and family in 1865, locating in Davenport, Iowa where he died the same year. The mother continued to make her home there until 1873 when she accompanied her son Christian to Carroll county, where she was residing at the time of her demise in 1878. The parents were both members of the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Grube were the parent, of the following children: Christian, who was born in the province of SchleswigHolstein on the 18th of March, 1842, now a resident of Manning Claus J., our subject; Henry, who is deceased; Mary, also deceased: and Sophia, the wife of William Kusel, of Manning. Claus J. Grube, who was a young man of twenty years when he set foot in the United States, acquired his education in the common schools of his native province. During the early years of his residence in Iowa he worked as a farm hand in the vicinity of Davenport, during which time he managed to save sufficient capital to enable him to set out for himself, so he rented a farm which he operated for several years. In 1874 he went to Crawford county, purchasing some land which he cultivated until his retirement in 1888, since which time he has made his home in Manning.
The 20th of September, 1867, was the wedding day of Mr. Grube and Miss Catherine Struve, a daughter of Hans and Margaret Dorothea (Kuehl) Struve. Mrs. Grube was born in SchleswigHolstein on the 22nd of January, 1850, and there she was also reared and educated. Her parents passed their entire lives in that province, where the father followed the trade of wheelwright in connection with which he farmed, his entire attention being given to the latter activity during the later years of his life.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Grube hold membership in the Lutheran church, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Ever since granted the right of franchise by naturalization Mr. Grube has given his support to the men and measures of the democratic party, and has held various township offices. He and his wife are now enjoy in the evening of life the ease and comfort which is the well merited reward of their earlier toil and selfdenial, by which means they acquired a competence which now provides them with all of the necessities and many of the luxuries of life.