F. X. Kasparbauer, the owner of a productive tract of land comprising two hundred and forty acres on section 17, Eden Township, devotes his time and energies to the pursuits of farming and stock-raising with excellent results. His birth occurred in Bavaria, Germany, in November 1858, his father being Sebastian Kasparbauer, who spent his entire life in that country. He attended the common schools of his native land in the acquirement of an education and when a lad of twelve purchased an English dictionary in order to learn the language, for at that early age he had al-ready determined that his future home should be America. He made an attempt to emigrate when a youth of seventeen but was sent back for military service. He had been reared to the work of the farm and subsequently operated a tract of land which he had received from his uncle until 1890, which year saw the fulfillment of his long cherished plan. Disposing of his property in the fatherland, he set sail for the United States and after landing on American shores made his way direct to Carroll county, Iowa. In 1891 he located on a farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 17, Eden Township, whereon he has resided continuously since. In connection with the tilling of the soil he has also devoted considerable attention to the raising of shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs, meeting with a gratifying measure of success in both branches of his business. He likewise owns a farm of one hundred and ninety-six acres in Newton Township, which is being operated by his son Paul. Mr. Kasparbauer is a director in the Farmers Bank of Templeton and also in the Farmers Elevator Company.

In 1882, while still a resident of Germany, Mr. Kasparbauer was united in marriage to Miss Frances Pfeffer, a daughter of Wolfgang Pfeffer, who was an agriculturist by occupation and spent his entire life in the father-land. Unto our subject and his wife were born thirteen children, namely: Frances, who gave her hand in marriage to Frank Sturm, a farmer by occupation; Frank, who died in Germany while still but an infant; Joseph, who also died in infancy; Paul, who. is married and has one child and who follows farming at Dedham in Newton township; and Rupert, Boniface, Herman, Sylvester, John, Frank, Peter, W. Alfred and Elenora, all at home.

Mr. Kasparbauer is a democrat in his political views but usually casts an independent ballot, supporting men and measures rather than party. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Catholic Church. The hope that led him to leave his native land and seek a home m America has been more than realized. He found the opportunities he sought,—which, by the way, are always open to the ambitious, energetic man, and making the best of these he has steadily worked his way upward. He possesses the resolution, perseverance and reliability so characteristic of his nation, and his name is now enrolled among the representative citizens of Carroll County.

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