Peter C. Thedens is a self made man and an analyzation of his life record shows that industry and perseverance
have been salient features in his career in the attainment of the success which has made him one of the prosperous
farmers of Homer township, where he owns two hundred and eighty seven acres of good land situated on section 12
and 14. His residence stands on the latter section and nearby are good barns and outbuildings for the shelter of
grain and stock. These in turn are surrounded by well tilled fields and in harvest season the farm is indeed a
busy place. Mr. Thedens was born in Germany, October 22, 1864, a son of John and Maggie (Reimers) Thedens, who
were also natives of that country. The father was a farmer by occupation and followed that pursuit in his native
country until 1883, when, attracted by the opportunities of the new world, he crossed the Atlantic and made his
way to Ford county, Illinois, where he carried on general farming throughout the remainder of his days. He died
January 21, 1913, having long survived his wife, who passed away on the 8th of May, 1887.
Peter C. Thedens spent his youthful days in the fatherland and acquired his education in the public schools there.
When eighteen years of age he accompanied his parents to the United States and remained with them until he had
attained his majority, at which time he started out in life on his min account. He rented land in McLean county
and there carried on general farming for eleven years, after which he came to Buchanan county, Iowa, and purchased
one hundred and seventy five acres on section 14, Homer township. He at once began to bring the fields to a high
state of cultivation and has since systematically and energetically carried on the farm work. The rich crops which
have rewarded his labors have enabled him to add to his land from time to time until he is now the owner of two
hundred and eighty seven acres constituting a valuable property, of which one hundred and twelve acres is in section
12, Homer township, and the remainder in section 14. The place is lacking in none of the equipments of the model
On the 27th of February, 1892, Mr. Thedens was united in marriage to Miss Annie Sehleeter, a daughter of John and
Annie (Straw) Schleeter, who were natives of Germany and came to the United States in 1867. Making their way into
the interior of the country, they settled in McLean county, where Mr. Schleeter purchased land and carried on farming
until his life's labors were ended in death on the 25th of March, 1910. The mother passed away June 14, 1899. To
Mr. and Mrs. Thedens have been born ten children, namely: Rose and Frank, who are twenty two and twenty years of
age respectively; Rudolph, who died in February, 1896, when but ten months old; Hulda, who has reached the age
of sixteen years; Edward, a youth of fourteen; Anna, who is twelve years old; and George, Anthony, Ida and Francis,
who are nine, seven, five and two years of age respectively.
Politically Mr. Thedens is a republican and is now serving as a township trustee, which office he has filled for
four years. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and in his life exemplifies its beneficent teachings concerning
the brotherhood of man. He is also connected with the Eastern Star chapter at Rowley, while his religious faith
is that of the Presbyterian church. High and honorable principles have guided him in all of his relations and in
his daily conduct he deviates not from the high standards which are set up as guiding posts on life's journey.
In the years of his residence in this county he has become widely and favorably known and has a large circle of
warm friends here.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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