CHARLES M ALBERS
Charles M. Albers is one of the progressive and prominent young farmers of Wolf River township, Doniphan county, his home being near Bendena. He was born near Brenner station on the 9th of October, 1863, and is a son of John Albers, whose birth occurred in Oldenburg, Germany. When a youth of fifteen the father came to the United States and spent his minority in Virginia, where the grandfather of our subject died. In the Old Dominion John Albers was united in marriage to Caroline Ladwig and five children were born of their union,. Charles M. being the eldest. The mother died in 1873 and Mr. Albers afterward married Rosa Holzhey, by whom he had six children.
Charles M. Albers spent his boyhood on a farm near Bendena and secured his education in the country schools of the neighborhood. At the age of twenty-two he started out in life on his own account, renting the Archer farm, which he operated with a span of mules given him by his father and the farm implements absolutely necessary in tilling the land. For three years he rented land and then purchased two hundred and forty acres on section 36, Wolf River township. This was in 1888 and through the intervening years he successfully carried on agricultural pursuits, making of his place one of the most desirable and attractive country homes in the locality. Not only does he cultivate his land, but also gives much attention to improving and beautifying the place and he has erected thereon one of the finest residences in the township. His labors are so capably directed and so earnestly prosecuted that success in gratifying measures has come to him and he is now accounted one of the leading agriculturists of the community.
Mr. Albers was married, November 28, 1888, to Elizabeth Voelker, a daughter of Charles and Christine Voelker, of Atchison. Her father was twice married and by the first union had three children and by the last six sons and daughters. Two sons and two daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Albers, namely: Frank C., Arthur J., Dora A. and Gertrude E. In his political views Mr. Albers is a Republican, stanch and firm in the support of the principles of the party, yet the honors and emoluments of office have no attractions for him, as he prefers to devote his energies to his business interests.