PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903     P.  1011

LOUIS HENRY LINDEMAN, one of Windham county’s successful agriculturists, and a highly respected citizen of Woodstock, was born in Hanover, Germany, Aug. 16, 1834.

Ludwig Henry Lindeman, father of Louis Henry, was also born in Germany and died in that country in 1864 at the age of sixty-six years.  He was an extensive horticulturist and exporter of seeds and made his first consignment of flower and vegetable seeds to the United States in 1842.  His land was located just outside of Bremerhafen and was a model of cultivation.  He married Anna Ohland, who came to America, after the death of her husband, in company with her oldest daughter, in the spring of 1869.  She died in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1871 at the age of sixty-eight years, and lies buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery.  She was the mother six children, namely:  Louis Henry, who was really named after his father, but translated the name Ludwig to Louis after coming to this country;  John Henry, who was a farmer for several years in Kansas, where he married and died;  Elise, who died at the age of four years;  Johanna, married to William Thiers, who is living retired in San Leandro, Cal.;  Katherina, widow of Louis Meyer, a former tailor of Brooklyn, N.Y., where she still resides;  Herman, also a tailor in Brooklyn.

The Lindeman family originated in Holland, although members of it settled in Germany as far back as the fourteenth century.  One or more of the descendants became missionaries, and a lake in Alaska is named Lindeman’s Lake in honor of one of these, who was killed by the natives.

Louis Henry Lindeman attended school in Germany until fourteen years of age and then worked in his father’s garden about six years, when he leased twelve acres of land in Dorum, Lande Wursten, Germany, and engaged in market gardening.  Sept. 16, 1866, Mr. Lindeman sailed from Bremerhafen on the sailing vessel “Teona,” and after a tempestuous passage of six weeks’ duration landed at New York, Oct. 27, 1866; thence he came direct to Woodstock, and went to work for Henry T. Child, in whose employ he remained for six years.  In 1873 he took up the florist’s trade and bought the greenhouses known as the “Lester” place of three acres, etc., in Woodstock, to which he has added until he now owns forty-five acres, all under a high state of cultivation.  He also raises nursery stock, vegetables and vegetable plants and garden truck generally, and is a model gardener.  By close application to his business he has become very successful and is recognized as one of Woodstock’s substantial citizens.

Mr. Lindeman is a good-natured and generous gentleman, is a good neighbor, and enjoys the unfeigned respect of all who know him.  In religion Mr. Lindeman was a member of the German Lutheran Church while in the old country, but since coming to Woodstock he has affiliated with the First Congregational Church, to the support of which he is a liberal contributor.  In politics he is a staunch Republican, and has served as a member of the district school committee, but as a rule has been too busy to give attention to politics.

Mr. Lindeman was joined in marriage May 9, 1858, to Sophia Magdalene Tewes, a daughter of Heinrich and Regina (Thoda) Tewes, of Germany.  Mrs. Lindeman, with her six children, followed her husband to America, landing at Castle Garden, New York, June 4, 1868, after a voyage of forty-nine days.  She died in Woodstock, March 28, 1900, at the age of sixty-five years, and lies buried in the family lot in Woodstock Hill cemetery.  Mrs. Lindeman was the mother of fourteen children, born in the following order, the first named six in Germany:  Dora Anna, owner and manager of “Elmwood Hall,” a summer boarding house in Woodstock, unmarried;  Eide Henry, a cabinet-maker living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and married to Augusta Conklyn, who has borne him two sons;  William John, a farmer of Woodstock, Conn., who married Alice (Robinson) Hyde, and has one son;  August Eibe Herman, blacksmith and wheelwright, who died in Woodstock, unmarried, when twenty-four years old;  Louis Henry,  a farmer and well driller in Southbridge, Mass., who married Harriet E. Allen, of North Woodstock, and has two daughters;  Johanna Magdelene, who assists her sister at “Elmwood Hall,” unmarried;  Mary Lizzie, a stenographer, unmarried;  Henry Albert, farming in Slocum, R.I.;  Sophia Magdelene, a twin of Henry Albert, who died when one year and two months old;  Edward John, who died at the age of fourteen years;  John Albert, a farmer and unmarried;  Herman George, who died at the age of one year;  Louisa Justina, at home, unmarried;  and Charles Tewes, unmarried; who is associated with his father.  The eight children last named were born in Woodstock.

Although Mr. Lindeman came to America a poor boy, by his energy, perseverance and industry he has won for himself a competence and reputable standing among his fellow-citizens.  For twenty-one years Mr. Lindeman had charge of the trees, shrubs, and floral department of Roseland Park for the late Hon. Henry C. Bowen and to him is due the credit of having made it one of the most beautiful parks in the country.

Reproduced by:

Linda D. Pingel


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