Biographical Sketch of
Mathias Krebsbach is an early settler of Mower County. He came from Illinois, arriving April 12, 1856. He came by rail to McGregor; from there on foot with only $3 in his pocket, to Adams Township. He took a claim in section 20, built a log house which he covered with shingles or his own make.
Mr. Krebsbach was born in Germany April 22, 1835. When young he attended school and made himself useful on his fatherís farm. In 1855 he came to the United States, landing at New York in July after a voyage of forty-two days, after which he set out for the far west, with only $8 in his pocket.
His first stop was in McHenry County, Illinois where he remained two months after which he went to Fond du Lac County Wisconsin where he found employment on a farm, remaining three months, when he returned to Illinois and in 1857 came to Mower County as stated above. He commenced work on his new house May 4, and all his worlds consisted of a $4 indebtedness.
Mr. Krebsbach was married in September, 1858, to Susan Bondis, a native of Germany. She emigrated to America in 1856. Their children are Michael, born January 6, 1860; John, January 29, 1861; Gertrude, August 27, 1863; Anna, February 20, 1865; Joseph, April 20, 1869; and Mary, September 2, 1876.
Mr. Krebsbach has by hard work and industry since coming here, accumulated a large property. He, together with his sons, own and work 1,800 acres of land. They also run a large creamery in the village of Adams, in which is made 450 pounds of butter per day. Mr. Krebsbach is also senior member of the firm Krebsbach & Co., of Adams Village.
Although Mr. Krebsbach was not a soldier he was the first in his township to pay $300.00 for a substitute.
Mr. Krebsbach is a resident of the village of Adams. He and his family are members of the catholic church of Adams Village, of which he was one of the first trustees.
History of Mower County, 1884
Transcribed and submitted to MnGenWeb by Kathy Pike, Jan. 13, 2007