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N.E. INGWERSEN

Oakland Cemetery
Clinton County, Iowa
Uploaded 9/18/2005 by
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Wolfe's History of Clinton County Iowa 1911 p.611 -613 There can be no greater honor or privilege than to conscientiously serve one's country during its days of peril. It requires something more than patriotic zeal for a man, especially if he be foreign born, to forsake home, business, the pleasures of social or public life and voluntarily assume the hardships of the camp and the field, much less risk one's life in the brunt of battle. The younger generation today are apt to not give the respect due the brave "boys in blue" who saved the nation's integrity and did so much for them. The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch is one of those whose name is to be found on the scroll of honor in this connection. But that is not the only reason why he is eligible for mention in this history. He has been a conspicuous figure in the business life of Clinton county for several decades in connection with the lumbering and agricultural industries and he is one of the pioneers here. Nicholas Edward Ingwersen, of No. 222 Fourth street, Lyons, Iowa, was born December 25, 1833, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, a province just south of Denmark. He is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ingwersen, who spent the early part of their lives there and who brought their son, NIcholas Edward, in 1852, to America, he being then twenty-one years of age. The family came west and located on five hundred acres of valuable land in Center township, Clinton county, Iowa. There the father developed an excellent farm and became well established; he farmed there until his death, in 1865, his wife surviving until 1880. They were members of the Lutheran church and were highly respected in their community. Seven children were born to them, named as follows: Paul J. died in Germany; Henry C. died in Lyons, Iowa; B.B. lives in Clinton; Nicholas Edward of this review; C.H. for many years a sheriff, died in Chicago; August died in Lyons, Iowa, in 1905; Helen, who married Doctor Recht, died twenty years ago. Nicholas E. Ingwersen was educated in his native land and grew to maturity there. After coming to this country on the date mentioned above, he worked on his father's farm until the commencement of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company E, Twenty-sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in August, 1862, under Col. Milo Smith. The was ordered to Helena, Arkansas, and was subsequently in the battle of Arkansas Post, also Missionary Ridge, Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain and Atlanta, and in many minor engagements. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea. On the day of Lee's surrender he took the smallpox and was taken to Newbern, South Carolina. After remaining there two months, he was taken to Canton and honorably discharged on June 15, 1865. Although his clothes were frequently pierced by the bullets of the enemy, he was never wounded. According to his comrades, he made a very faithful and gallant soldier, bravely facing the vicissitudes of camp and field, march and hospital. When possible he was always at the front or on the firing line. He was promoted for meritorious service and was sergeant when mustered out. After his military career, Mr. Ingwersen returned to Clinton county and resumed farming. He partly inherited and partly bought the old house place in Center township, and he farmed very successfully up to 1896, then entered the lumber business under the firm name of Ingwersen, Berbeck & Company. He severed his connection with the firm in 1909, and is now president of the E.J. Ingwersen Manufacturing Company, which, under his able and judicious management, has grown to large proportions and its business is rapidly increasing. Politically, he is independent, leaning toward Democracy, and in religious matters he is a Lutheran. Mr. Ingwersen was married in November, 1865, to Lena Rowedder, who was born in 1841 in Holstein, Germany, from which country she came to America in 1852, when eleven years old and here grew to maturity and married Mr. Ingwersen. This union resulted in the birth of seven children, namely: Mark J. lives in Elvira, Center township, this county; August S. lives in Lyons; Tony was the wife of Carl Schoenjan and she died in 1905; Margaret is living at home, as is also Hattie; Freda died in Lyons in 1905.

INGWERSEN NICHOLAS E. 1833 1923 05/19/1923 OAKLAND - CL NEW - A 53 4

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