Fels
surname & burials
Fayette County Iowa

........ 9 [1] FELS, Gustav William
...b: 08 Feb 1817 in Cologne area, Lower Rhine, Germany
...d: 06 Jul 1892 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA
...Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, lot 74, middle of row 5,  Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA.
...Surname analogs; Fels, Fells.
...Given analogs; Gustav, Gustave, Gusta, Agusta, Augustus.
...1848 Germany to farm, 3mi from Milwaukee.WI, with bro. Frederick.
...1850 Gustave & Frederick lost WI land, moved to Dubuque, Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA
...1856 Census; wid, farmhand, with Mohart Buttler fam, Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA.
...Aft. 1850 Gus made all wagon hubs in Dubuque, then windlasses for lead mines.
...Owned interest in lead mines, sold before they failed.
...Made baby carriages, buggy bodies, coffins while conduction undertaking.
...Gus/Fred cabinet makers by trade; Gus owned first turning lathe in Dubuque.
...Jun 1863 Bro Fred reg. for draft in Dubuque.Co.IA, Gustav not listed.
...Bef. 1870 Bought 40a, moved to Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA; farmed, joiner, wagon maker.
...1870 Census; Augustus Fells 53Ger, joiner, Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA.
...1880 Census; farmer, Auburn village area, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA.
...1880 Gustav63, Henreitta52, Martin21farm, Henry19storeclerk, Gustave17, AnneE11.
...1885 Census; 68Germ, wheelwright, bk10, Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA, wf Henretta58Germ
...Age at death; 75y4m26d.
 


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Oak Ridge Cemetery, Auburn.Twp, Fayette.Co.Iowa, 2010

FELS burials
 in Fayette Co, Iowa

Surname First, Middle Maiden Spouse or Parents Birth Death/Burial Cemetery City/Twp Notes

 


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Fels John Henry Fels Linder Hattie 1866/IA-?/?, 1st hust; 2nd, John Bachman. 13 Jan 1861 19 Dec 1897 Long Grove Maynard Lot 77, Sec 3.  Son of Gustave Wm. Fells 1817/Ger-1892/Auburn.IA & Henriette Schwantes 1827/Ger-1914/Auburn.IA.
Fels Emil Hermann  Fels Fels son of Gustave Wm. No date 6 Apr 1867 Oak Ridge Auburn Twp Lot 74. Age 2yr, 10dy.  Son of Gustave Wm. Fells 1817/Ger-1892/Auburn.IA & Henriette Schwantes 1827/Ger-1914/Auburn.IA.  Unmarried?
Fels Ernest Paul Frels Fels son of Martin Gustav No date 10 Mar 1893 Oak Ridge Auburn Twp Age 6m2y14d.  Son of Martin Gustav Fels 1859/Dubuque.IA-1918/West.Union.area.  & Harriet Adaline Addie Soward 1861/Bethel.Twp01909/Fay.Co.IA.
Fels Gustav John William Fels Fels son of Gustave Wm. 17 Jan 1863 2 Mar 1883 Oak Ridge Auburn Twp Lot 74.  Son of Gustav Wm. Fells 1817/Ger-1892/Auburn.IA & Henriette Schwantes 1827/Ger-1914/Auburn.IA.  Unmarried?
Fels Gustav William Fels Schwantes Henrietta 1827/Germ-1914/Auburn.IA. 8 Feb 1817 6 Jul 1892 Oak Ridge Auburn Twp Lot 74.  Age 75y4m26d.  Son of Johann Hermann Fels 1782-1862, Germ. & Anna Maria Wansleben ?-?, Germ. Ch;  Martin Gustav, John Henry, Gustave John Wm, Emil Hermann, Anna Emelia.
Fels Henriette Schwantes Gustave W 21 Jan 1827 22 Jan 1914 Oak Ridge Auburn Twp Lot 74.  Dau of  Johann & Charlotte Schwantes of Germany.  Ch;  Martin Gustav, John Henry, Gustav John Wm, Emil Hermann, Anna Emelia.
Fels Henry G. Fels Fels son of Martin Gustav Oct 2, 1885 22 Sep 1898 Oak Ridge Auburn Twp Age 12y11m20d.  Son of Martin Gustav Fels 1859/Dubuque.IA-1918/? & Harriet Adaline Addie Soward 1861/Bethel.Twp01909/Fay.Co.IA.
Fels Addie Harriet Adaline Soward Fels Martin Gustav 1859/Dubuque.IA-1918/West.Union.area. 18 Feb 1861 23 Jul 1958 West Union West Union Dau of Charles Steward Soward 1835/OH-1909/Stockton.MO & mary Jane Umbarger 1835/PA-1863/Fay.Co.IA.  Ch; Henry G, Ernest Paul, Carl Emil, Ray Steward, Vergie E.
Fels Carl Emil Fels Wolf Eva Rosina Rosie 1888/Ft.Atkinson.IA-1971/West.Union.IA 4 Feb 1891 21 Apr 1949 West Union West Union Son of Martin Gustav Fels 1859/Dubuque.IA-1918/West.Union.IA & Harriet Adaline Addie Soward 1861/Bethel.Twp01909/West.Union.IA. Ch: Vera, Charles Martin, Irene Mae, two others.
Fels Charlene Marie Fels Fels dua of Charles Martin1918 30 Jan 1950 5 Feb 1963 West Union West Union Dau of Charles Martin Fels 1918-1983, West.Union.area & Mildred E. Bruening 1923-1994, West.Union.area.
Fels Charles Martin Fels Burening Mildred E. 1923-1994, West.Union.area. 2 Apr 1918 10 May 1983 West Union West Union Son of Carl Emil Fels 1891/Auburn.IA-1949/West.Union.area & Eva Rosina Rosie Wolf, 1888/Ft.Akinson.IA-1971/West.Union.area.  CMI US Navy, WWIICh: Charlene, Roger, Jean, Robert, Jeff.
Fels Martin Gustav Fels Soward Addie Harriet Adaline 1861/Bethel.Twp-1909/West.Union.area. 1 Feb 1859 16 Sep 1918 West Union West Union Son of Gustave Wm. Fells 1817/Ger-1892/Auburn.IA & Henriette Schwantes 1827/Ger-1914/Auburn.IA.  Ch; Henry G, Ernest Paul, Carl Emil, Ray Steward, Vergie E.
Fels Mildred E Bruening Fels Charles Martin 1918-1983, West.Union.area 26 Feb 1923 4 Dec 1994 West Union West Union Ch: Charlene Marie, Roger, Jean, Robert, Jeff
Fels Ray Steward Fels Crawford 1898-1992, West.Union.area. 12 Apr 1894 30 Dec 1979 West Union West Union Son of Martin Gustav Fels 1859/Dubuque.IA-1918/West.Union.area.  & Harriet Adaline Addie Soward 1861/Bethel.Twp01909/Fay.Co.IA.  Ch; Leslie R.
Fels Roger Fels Fels son of Charles Martion1918. 1953 1994 West Union West Union Son of Charles Martin Fels 1918-1983, West.Union.area & Mildred E. Bruening 1923-1994, West.Union.area.
Fels Rosie Eva Rosina Wolf Fels Carl Emil 1891/Auburn.IA-1949/West.Union.IIA 15 Feb 1888 1 Dec 1971 West Union West Union Dau of  Charles Wolf 1858/Ft.Atkinson.IA-1944/Eldorado.IA & Anna Trap 1861-1935, Eldorado.IA. Ch: Vera, Charles Martin, Irene Mae, two others.
Fels Ruth Rosalya Crawford Fels Ray Steward 1894-1979, West.Union.area. Mar 9, 1898 May 6, 1992 West Union West Union Dau of Elwell John Crawford 1861/OH-1901/Calmar.IA & Mable Percy Doty 1863/Windsor.Twp-1943/West.Union.area.  Ch; Leslie R.

 


FELS
Basic descendent trees of the major surname lines in Fayette Co, Iowa.
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Descendants of Rutger Veldes Fels
1 FELS, Rutger Veldes b: in Germany d: in Germany Note 1: 30 Sep 2011 Fels last reviewed; Barry Zbornik Hannibal MO iowaz@hotmail.com
2 FELS, Henrich Veldes b: in Germany d: 07 Oct 1645 in Germany
3 FELS, Gerhard Veldes b: in Germany d: 17 Jan 1654/55 in Germany
...... +HOLLER, Johanna Ten b: in Germany d: in Germany
. 4 FELS, Bernhard Henrich Vels b: in Germany d: Feb 1722/23 in Anholt, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany
....... +UNKNOWN, Elizabeth b: in Germany d: in Germany
... 5 FELS, Gerhard Vels b: in Germany d: in Germany
......... +WEHLING, Fenneken b: in Germany d: in Germany
.... 6 FELS, Bernhard Henrich Veltz b: in Germany d: 25 May 1782 in Anholt, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany
.......... +BENSEL, Helena Ten b: in Germany
..... 7 FELS, Johann Gerhard b: in Germany d: 20 May 1804 in Anholt, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany
........... +BOVENKERK, Wilwlmina
....... 8 FELS, Johann Hermann b: 27 Jan 1782 in Anholt, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany d: 29 Apr 1862 in Millingen, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Note 8: 1857
............. +WANSLEBEN, Anna Maria
........ 9 [1] FELS, Gustav William b: 08 Feb 1817 in Cologne area, Lower Rhine, Germany d: 06 Jul 1892 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, lot 74, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 3: Surname analogs; Fels, Fells. Note 4: Given analogs; Gustav, Gustave, Gusta, Agusta, Augustus. Note 6: 1848 Germany to farm, 3mi from Milwaukee.WI, with bro. Frederick. Note 7: 1850 Gustave & Frederick lost WI land, moved to Dubuque, Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA Note 8: 1856 Census; wid, farmhand, with Mohart Buttler fam, Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA. Note 9: Aft. 1850 Gus made all wagon hubs in Dubuque, then windlasses for lead mines. Note 10: Owned interest in lead mines, sold before they failed. Note 11: Made baby carriages, buggy bodies, coffins while conduction undertaking. Note 14: Gus/Fred cabinet makers by trade; Gus owned first turning lathe in Dubuque. Note 15: Jun 1863 Bro Fred reg. for draft in Dubuque.Co.IA, Gustav not listed. Note 17: Bef. 1870 Bought 40a, moved to Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA; farmed, joiner, wagon maker. Note 18: 1870 Census; Augustus Fells 53Ger, joiner, Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA. Note 21: 1880 Census; farmer, Auburn village area, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 22: 1880 Gustav63, Henreitta52, Martin21farm, Henry19storeclerk, Gustave17, AnneE11. Note 24: 1885 Census; 68Germ, wheelwright, bk10, Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA, wf Henretta58Germ Note 28: Age at death; 75y4m26d. Note 29: Oak Ridge Cem; Fels burials about middle of row 5 from west side gate, bz/2009.
.............. +UNKNOWN d: Bef. 1856 in Germany or Dubuque.Co.IA m: Bef. 1855
........ *2nd Wife of [1] FELS, Gustav William:
.............. +SCHWANTES, Henriette Swantes
b: 21 Jan 1827 in Pomeria, Germany d: 22 Jan 1914 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, lot 74, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. m: Abt. 1858 in Dubuque, Dubuque.Co.IA Father: Johann Swantes SCHWANTES Mother: Charlotte UNKNOWN Note 11: Germany to Dubuque, Dubuque.Co.IA, with parents. Note 18: Aft. 1892 Lived with son Martin Gustav after hust died.
......... 10 FELS, Martin Gustav b: 01 Feb 1859 in Dubuque, Dubuque.Co.IA d: 16 Sep 1918 in West Union, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA Note 8: Bef. 1892 Remained with father in Dubuque.IA then Auburn.IA until he father died. Note 10: Aft. 1892 Bought 20a/sec25 & 32a/sec35, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Added 324a, sec 15, 34, 35, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.ia. Note 13: Jan 1909 Bought 68a containing Falling Srping & McCreery's Cave. Note 15: Lived on Vine St in West Union, on Co. Bd. of Supervisors for yrs. Note 16: Very successful general and stock farm, horses a specialty. Note 22: Build two story home and farmstead in sec 35. Note 23: Active in county politics, republican.
............... +SOWARD, Harriet Adaline Addie b: 18 Feb 1861 in Bethel.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 1909 in West Union, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA m: 26 Nov 1884 in Fay.Co.IA Father: Charles Steward SOWARD Mother: Mary Jane UMBARGER
........... 11 FELS, Henry G. b: 02 Oct 1885 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 22 Sep 1898 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, lot 74, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Age at death; 12y11m20d.
........... 11 FELS, Ernest Paul b: 24 Dec 1886 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 10 Mar 1893 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Age at death; 6y2m14d.
........... 11 FELS, Carl Emil b: 04 Feb 1891 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 21 Apr 1949 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA Note 11: Lived on father's farm after marriage. Note 14: Farmed in NE Windsor.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 16: Jul 1920 Lost most of farmstead, spontaneous hay fire.
................. +WOLF, Eva Rosina Rosie b: 15 Feb 1888 in Winneshiek.Co.IA d: 01 Dec 1971 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA m: Feb 1915 in Ellsworth Church, Fay.Co.IA Father: Charles WOLF Mother: Anna TRAP
............ 12 FELS, Unknown One
............ 12 FELS, Unknown Twp
............ 12 FELS, Vera
............ 12 FELS, Charles Martin b: 02 Apr 1918 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 10 May 1983 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Note 11: Abt. 1944 WWII, CMI US Navy.
.................. +BRUENING, Mildred E. b: 26 Feb 1923 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 04 Dec 1994 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA
............. 13 FELS, Charlene Marie b: 30 Jan 1950 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 05 Feb 1963 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA
............. 13 FELS, Roger b: 1953 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 1994 Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA
............. 13 FELS, Jean b: in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA
............. 13 FELS, Robert b: in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA
............. 13 FELS, Jeff b: in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA
............ 12 FELS, Irene Mae b: 18 Sep 1919 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 24 Jun 2010 in West Union, Fay.Co.IA
........... 11 FELS, Ray Steward b: 19 Apr 1894 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 30 Dec 1979 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA
................. +CRAWFORD, Ruth Rosalya b: 09 Mar 1898 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 06 May 1992 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA Father: Elwell John CRAWFORD Mother: Mable Percy DOTY
............ 12 FELS, Leslie R. b: 26 Jul 1922 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 03 Nov 2008 in Dover, DE
.................. +MERRY, Unknown m: 03 Dec 1945 in Evanston, Cook.Co.IL
........... 11 FELS, Vergie E. b: 12 Apr 1901
......... 10 FELS, John Henry b: 13 Jan 1861 in Dubuque, Dubuque.Co.IA d: 19 Dec 1897 in Oelwein area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Long Grove Cem, sec 3, lot 77, Maynard, Harlan.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 8: 1880 Census; store clerk, with parents in Auburn village, Fay.Co.IA. Note 9: 1885 Census; dry goods clerk, living in hotel, Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: 1895 Census; Oelwein, Fay.Co.IA.
............... +LINDER, Hattie E. b: 24 Aug 1866 in Clayton.Co.IA m: Aft. 1885 in Oelwein or Maynard, Fay.Co.IA. Father: Thomas LINDER Mother: Mary MCCALLUM
......... 10 FELS, Gustav John William b: 17 Jan 1863 in Dubuque, Dubuque.Co.IA d: 02 Mar 1883 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, lot 74, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 3: Surname analogs; Fels, Fells. Note 4: Given analogs; Gustav, Gustave, Gusta, Agusta, Augustus.
......... 10 FELS, Emil Hermann b: 27 Mar 1865 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 06 Apr 1867 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Age at death; 2y10d.
......... 10 FELS, Anna Emelia b: Oct 1867 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA
............... +SUTORIOUS, Charles Karl Gottlieb b: 1866 in Germany
........... 11 SUTORIOUS, Martin Luther b: 22 Jul 1906 in San Antonio, Bexar.Co.TX d: 02 Apr 1974 in San Antonio, Bexar.Co.TX
........... 11 SUTORIOUS, Seven More b: in San Antonio, Bexar.Co.TX
........ 9 FELS, Frederick Fells b: 1820 in Cologne area, Lower Rhine, Germany d: 1870 in Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA Note 7: 1850 Lost farm, moved to Julien (lead mining area), Dubuque.Co.IA, with Gus. Note 8: Gus/Fred cabinet makers by trade; Gus owned first turning lathe in Dubuque. Note 9: Worked with Gus making numerous items for short time then bought farm. Note 10: Farmed the rest of his life near Dubuque.IA. Note 11: 1856 Census; carpenter, wf & 2ch, with Chas Jung fam, Dubuque.IA. Note 12: 1860 Census; cabinet maker, wf & 3ch, Dubuque.IA. Note 13: Jun 1863 Draft Reg; Fells, 40/Ger, cabinet maker, 2.5yrs German service, Ward 3, Dubuque, bro Gustav not listed. Note 14: 1870 Census; farming, Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA, wf & 4ch; bro Gustav in Auburn.IA. Note 22: 1905 Census; farming, Dubuque.Co.IA, wf & 4ch.
.............. +UNKNOWN, Louisa b: 1831 in Germany d: in Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA
......... 10 FELS, Emilia Amelia b: 1854 in Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA
......... 10 FELS, Augusta b: 1857 in Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA
......... 10 FELS, Henrietta b: 1858 in Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA
......... 10 FELS, George b: 1863 in Julien.Twp, Dubuque.Co.IA

 

 


Martin G. Fels (Oldest son of Gustav Fels & Henriette Schwankes of Auburn village, Fayette.Co.IA)
Bio., 1910 Fitch's History of Fayette.Co.IA, pp1140-1143.  Copied exactly as published.  Note:  some name spellings, dates, data do not match burial, census and other known data, bz/2011.

    The life of Martain G. Fels, of Auburn township, Fayette county, has been one of unceasing industry and perseverance and notably systematic methods he has followed have not only won him financial success but also the confidence and respect of all with whom he has come into contact.  He was born in Dubuque, Iowa, February 1, 1859, and was educated in the public schools of Auburn, Fayette county.  He is the son of Gustave and Henrietta (Swantes) Fels, the father born near Cologne, on the Lower Rhine, Germany, February 8, 1817, and the mother was born in Pomera, Germany, June 21, 1827, the daughter of Johann and Charlotte Swantes.  Mr. Swantes left Germany with his family about 1857 and came to America, locating at Dubuque, Iowa.  Gustave Fels came to America with his brother, Frederick about 1848, and bought land within three miles of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they lived two years, when, losing their land, they moved to Dubuque, Iowa, They were cabinetmakers by trade, and Gustave Fels owned the first turning lathe in Dubuque, and he made all the wagon hubs used there at that time,  Also turned windlasses for the lead mines around Dubuque, owning an interest in the lead mines there at one time himself, selling out his interest before they failed.  He made the first baby carriage ever made in Dubuque and sold it to a banker for twenty-five dollars.  He manufactured buggy bodies for a number of years, also made coffins and conducted an undertaking establishment.  He owned a one-horse hearse, supposed to be the first in Dubuque.  His brother, Frederick Fels, was a partner in the business for a short time, then bought a farm near Dubuque, where he lived until his death, in 1870.  Gustave Fels sold out his business in Dubuque in 1865 and moved to Auburn, Fayette county, where he continued working as a cabinetmaker until about 1870 or 1875, when he took up farming, having bought land upon moving to the county, owning about forty acres.  He and his family were members of the Lutheran church.  About 1858 he and Henrietta Swantes were married in Dubuque, and they became the parents of five children, Martin G., of this review, being the eldest; three sons died young; one daughter, the youngest of the family, is Mrs. Anna Sutorins, wife of Carl Sutorins, and lives in San Antonio, Texas.  The death of Gustave Fels ocurred on July 6, 1892, and his widow makes here home with the subject.
    Martin G. Fels remained with his parents until the death of his father when he bought the farm of fifty-two acres, twenty acres in section 25 and thirty-two in section 35.  To this he has added about three hundred and twenty-five acres, in sections 15, 34, 35, Auburn township.  After his father's death he built a modern, two-story dwelling on his land in section 35, and everything about his place is up to date, showing thrift and prosperity.  He has established here on one of the best water systems in the county, taking the water from a spring located about four hundred feet from the house on a hill-side, about sixty feet higher than the house; he has piped the water below the frost line in the ground, into the cellar, which is there brought into contact with an automatic water-lift or pump, the pressure from the "lift" by the spring water forcing the soft water from two cisterns throughout the entire house, supplying kitchen, bath room, etc., with hot and cold water, also soft and cold spring water.  The barns, milk-house, hog yards, etc., are also furnished with running spring water, also a tank is supplied and running water is at the road side for the benefit of the public.  The entire system of this splendid water plant works automatically, and is without an equal on any farm in this or adjoining counties.  The house is lighted with gasoline gas throughout.  Mr. Fels also owns "Falling Spring Fork," a popular picnic resort.  He keeps more horses on his place than any farmer in the townships, and, being a good judge of horses, knows well how to properly care for them, usually having twenty-eight or thirty head of fine ones, which, when he desires to sell, always find a ready market.  He carries on general farming and stock raising in a very successful and satisfactory manner. 
    Politically, Mr. Fels is a Republican, and is influential in his party, having held the office of chairman of the township committee for twenty or thirty years, and has been township clerk for two years.  He has been treasurer of the independent school district for the past fifteen years, and he was a director of the Fayette Agricultural Society for eight years.  In all these positions of trust he has performed his duties in a manner to elicit the approval of all concerned and with much credit to himself.  He is a member of the German Lutheran church.  He has been very successful in all his business affairs and his home is one of the most attractive and beautifully located in the county, lacking nothing in the way of modern conveniences, being on a par with city homes, with exception of electricity.  But he is a man of progressive ideas, energetic, keeping abreast of the times in every respect.  The falling spring mentioned above is one of nature's greatest wonders in this state, a spring of pure cold water gushing over a solid rock, falling about fifteen or twenty feet into a pool or natural basin, a miniature Niagara.  The McCreary cave is another natural wonder of the park, being a natural cavern in a solid rock, eight to ten feet high and twenty feet wide and over one hundred feet in depth, where it becomes narrower as it descends, continuing under the hill for another fifty feed.  The cave is perfectly dry and at the side of the mouth of the cave there gushes a stream of cold sparkling water, called the Spring of the Cave. Another natural wonder is the "Rocky run," a sort of canyon in an immense rock about four hundred fee long, while the walls rise perpendicularly on both sides to a height of about thirty to forty feed, and the space between the walls is about seventy-five to one hundred feet wide.  These attractions of nature are all in a park, covering less than forty acres.  Besides, there are numerous stately trees, everything as nature formed it.
    On November 26, 1884, Mr. Fels married Addie Soward, who was born in Bethel township, Fayette county, February 18, 1861, the daughter of Steward and Mary (Umbarger) Soward, natives of Ohio, the former born in 1834 and died in December, 1909.  He was a veteran of the Civil war, and was a pioneer settler of Bethel  township, having established his home there in the early fifties.  After serving throughout the war in an Iowa cavalry regiment, he returned home and soon afterwards moved to Kansas, later settled in Missouri, where his death occurred.  Mrs. Soward died about 1863 or 1864, when about thirty-two years old.  She was the mother of three children, of whom Mrs. Fels was the second in order of birth.
    To Mr. and Mrs. Fels six children have been born, three of whom are living, Carl H., born February 4, 1891; Ray S., born April 10, 1894; Vergie E., born April 12, 1901.

 

Descendants of Martin Gustav Fels, son of Gustav Wm.
1 FELS, Martin Gustav b: 01 Feb 1859 in Dubuque, Dubuque.Co.IA d: 16 Sep 1918 in West Union, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA Note 8: Bef. 1892 Remained with father in Dubuque.IA then Auburn.IA until he father died. Note 10: Aft. 1892 Bought 20a/sec25 & 32a/sec35, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Added 324a, sec 15, 34, 35, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.ia. Note 13: Jan 1909 Bought 68a containing Falling Srping & McCreery's Cave. Note 15: Lived on Vine St in West Union, on Co. Bd. of Supervisors for yrs. Note 16: Very successful general and stock farm, horses a specialty. Note 22: Build two story home and farmstead in sec 35. Note 23: Active in county politics, republican.
.. +SOWARD, Harriet Adaline Addie b: 18 Feb 1861 in Bethel.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 1909 in West Union, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA m: 26 Nov 1884 in Fay.Co.IA Father: Charles Steward SOWARD Mother: Mary Jane UMBARGER
2 FELS, Henry G. b: 02 Oct 1885 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 22 Sep 1898 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, lot 74, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Age at death; 12y11m20d.
2 FELS, Ernest Paul b: 24 Dec 1886 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 10 Mar 1893 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Oak Ridge Cem, Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Age at death; 6y2m14d.
2 FELS, Carl Emil b: 04 Feb 1891 in Auburn, Auburn.Twp, Fay.Co.IA d: 21 Apr 1949 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA Note 11: Lived on father's farm after marriage. Note 14: Farmed in NE Windsor.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 16: Jul 1920 Lost most of farmstead, spontaneous hay fire.
... +WOLF, Eva Rosina Rosie b: 15 Feb 1888 in Winneshiek.Co.IA d: 01 Dec 1971 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA m: Feb 1915 in Ellsworth Church, Fay.Co.IA Father: Charles WOLF Mother: Anna TRAP
2 FELS, Ray Steward b: 19 Apr 1894 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 30 Dec 1979 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA
... +CRAWFORD, Ruth Rosalya b: 09 Mar 1898 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA d: 06 May 1992 in West Union area, Fay.Co.IA Burial: West Union Cem, Fay.Co.IA Father: Elwell John CRAWFORD Mother: Mable Percy DOTY
2 FELS, Vergie E. b: 12 Apr 1901

 


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Do not trust as totally valid any tree/report data.  Often World Connect or Ancestry trees/data were utilized as a foundation upon which to add material gleamed from obits, articles, histories, biographies, stories, burials, censuses and other data collected.  My primary interest is generally the pioneer history and includes linking village and neighborhood surnames together for several of the early generations.  Family connections, locations and other data may have to be speculated in order to continue a complex series of inter-related projects.  My web pages are primarily personal study projects for note keeping, but can also jump start others.  I have a huge number of projects started and rarely return to edit/update material unless interest is rekindled.  Any web pages online are usually linked off the 'Index Page.'  Numerous projects are not put on web pages but are in draft form or in the form of photo albums on the 'Photo Hosting Site.'   I may have material for research use in storage, plus will/can upload other people's material if appropriate.

 


 


 

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Barry Zbornik
Hannibal, MO 


 

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