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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
John Ederer, son of Franz and Annie (Kock) Ederer, was born Jan. 21, 1874, on section 30, Birch Cooley township. The father was born in Germany about 1858 and came to America in 1863. He came to Renville county in 1870 and bought 560 acres in section 30, Birch Cooley township where he remained for two years. Then he sold this land and went to California, where he remained one year. Next he returned to Renville county and purchased 560 acres in Norfolk township, where he lived until his death. The mother is living with her daughter, Mrs. D. G. Avery in Norfolk township. John Ederer remained on the home farm until he was twenty and spent two years in the Franciscan Brothers' School at Waconia, Minnesota. Then he rented the place where he now lives. In 1899 he purchased this farm and now owns 300 acres. He feeds and prepares stock for the market, feeding about fifty cattle and sixty hogs every year. He also raises Plymouth Rock chickens. He raises about fifteen acres of potatoes each year and also has some land in alfalfa. Mr. Ederer has served as county commissioner for four years and as township treasurer for three years. He is a member of the Catholic church, being a trustee of the church. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and a charter member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, having held all the chairs. Mr. Ederer is a stockholder in the Farmers' Elevator Company at Morton. May 21, 1895, Mr. Ederer was married to Mary Prosser, born March 15, 1877, daughter of Frank Prosser, who was born in Germany, came to America in 1874, lived in Jackson county for seven years and died in Mankato in 1886 at the age of fifty-two years, and Theresia (Steidl) Prosser, aged seventy-six, who lives in Mankato with her daughter, Mrs. Wendel Deuser. Mr. and Mrs. Ederer have the following children: Isabel, born August 16, 1896, a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota; Agnes, born April 28, 1898; Bernard, born Jan. 20, 1900; Charlotte, born Oct. 7, 1901, and died Jan. 31, 1910; Leo, born Jan. 4, 1903; John, born March 9, 1905; Marcella, born Feb. 2, 1908; Genevieve, born Nov. 13, 1910; and Loraine, born Feb. 2, 1913. Before her marriage Mrs. Ederer attended St. Peter's and St. Paul's school at Mankato. Mrs. Ederer belongs to the Women's Catholic Order of Foresters and the Degree of Honor, both orders of which she holds the high office at the present time.
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