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F. W. Gabel Pages 1039 – 1040
Was born in Prussia, Germany, In 1839. In 1854 he came to the United States with his father and mother, John and Josephine Gabel. There was of the family nine children. Here in Wisconsin, Mr. F. Gabel spent the first fourteen years. A little instance of his life is well worthy of mention here, to illustrate how a man may start from nothing and by energy and perseverance wring from the hard hand of toil an independent fortune: At the age of sixteen he, in company with another lad of his own age, stated from home with a lunch between them, and only ten cents to bear expenses. This was the possession of Mr. Gabel. They walked to Rosedale, a distance of 35 miles. Failing to find work they returned, still holding on to the ten cents. These are remembered by Mr. Gable, as being the hardest times it has ever been his lot to pass through. In 1868 he became a citizen of Floyd County. The same year purchased eighty acres on section 14, Ulster Township, where he still resides. To this he has since added 320 acres, making one of the largest and best farms in the county. In 1875 he built the finest house in the township, and the county affords no better. He not only has its surrounding beautified with shade and evergreen trees, symmetrically arranged, but he has the inside beautifully furnished and ornamented with modern art. Of this large farm all is under cultivation except eighty acres of timber and pasture land. He puts in crops yearly 320 acres, besides keeping seventy-three head of cattle, and about 100 head of hogs and ten head of horses. Mr. Gabel was married May 5, 1868 to Miss Agnes Devilla. She was a native of Belgium, born there in 1847. They have four children – Devilla, John, George and Freddie. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gable are members of the Catholic church.
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