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Lewis J. Lindeman
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Lewis J. Lindeman, an emminently successful farmer of Beaver Falls township, was born in that township, Aug. 22, 1870, son of August and Mary (Grauke) Lindeman. In 1894 he rented 320 acres of the home farm in sections 6 and 7, which he operated until 1897 when he bought it. He carries on general farming and raises grain and a good grade of stock, having Belgian horses and Shropshire sheep. In 1905 he built a very fine home, 40 by 50 feet, two story, with twelve rooms and a full basement. It is equipped with furnace heat, and acetylene lights are used, both in the house and in the other buildings. A thousand-gallon pressure tank in the basement furnishes water throughout the house and to all the barns and buildings. The house is finished in oak, with oak floors downstairs and with white pine on the second floor, and has all modern conveniences. It was erected at a cost of some $9,000. For six years Mr. Lindeman operated a complete portable gasoline threshing outfit. For the past three years he has operated a gas tractor outfit for the same purpose, and with this tractor he operates an eight-bottom plow on his farm.
Mr. Lindeman and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Redwood Falls. He is a stockholder and director of the Redwood County Rural Telephone Company and a director of the Farmers' Elevator Company at Redwood Falls, and has been a director of the Flora Mutual Fire Insurance Company for eight years. He has been chairman of the township board for eleven years and treasurer for School District No. 7 for four years.
Feb. 21, 1894, Mr. Lindeman was united in marriage to Rosa Wilschnack, born Jan. 14, 1876, daughter of August and Augusta (Miller) Wilschnack. Her father came to Renville county in 1876. Before coming to Minnesota he had lived in Wisconsin and was one of the soldiers of the Civil war, having served nine months in Company E, First Wisconsin Cavalry, in 1864 and 1865, and was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. He died in Markasan, Wisconsin, Aug. 14, 1912, aged sixty-eight years, to which place he moved in 1900. His wife died in 1878, at the age of twenty-nine years. Mr. and Mrs. Lindeman have one child, Lillian Vivian, whom they have adopted. She was born Dec. 30, 1910.
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