Notes for Samuel Senti: EMIGRATED: April 1865 Senti, Sam 36 Farmer Mary 28 Sam 7 Andrew 5 Sailed on the Saxonia; Hamburg - NY 15 May 1865; processed into the US
NATURALIZED: 7 October 1881
SAMUEL SENTI PIONEER CITIZEN OF BURLINGTON DEAD Had Been a Respected Citizen of this Community for Forty Years - Had Many Friends
Samuel Senti, Sr., who for the past forty years has been engaged in growing grapes and in the wine manufacture, passed away this afternoon at 3 o'clock at his home on Grand Street. He was born 78 years ago in Switzerland and came direct to Burlington forty years ago. He first engaged in farming and later introduced grape growing, having his vineyards on the hills around the Cascades. He then resided in the stone house which is situated south of the Cascade bridge. For the past few years he has been leading a retired life. Up to ten days ago he had been in apparent good health. Old age was the cause of death. Deceased was a member of the German Zion church. Surviving are two children, Samuel Senti, Jr., and Mrs. Chas. Black. The funeral announcement will be made later.
SAMUEL SENTI Taken from Des Moines County Biography
In taking up the personal history of Samuel Senti, now living in Burlington, we present to our readers the life record of one of Switzerland’s native sons, but whose residence in Iowa covers a long period. He was born in Switzerland on Nov. 21, 1828. His parents were Samuel and Louisa (Anhorn) Senti, and were of Swiss origin. Our subject was reared in Switzerland, and attended the public schools there, and later was a teacher in the schools for four years. Like many other ? and aspiring young men, he was anxious to see something beyond his homeland, and in 1865 decided to cross the Atlantic. The ship known as the “Saxony” landed him in New York in about twelve days, when Mr. Senti at once prepared to come West, and reached Burlington in May, where he immediately bought sixty-five acres of land from Mr. Patterson. This farm joined that of Jacob Scholer whose sketch also appears in this work, and also joined Crapo Park. This park is located at the south end of Main Street. At the time of this purchase of farm land in that locality was in a very rough condition, much of it being covered with brush and old stumps, so that it required much time as well as money to prepare the ground for farm purposes. Today this same farm lies in the city limits, and contains several orchards, but the greater portion of it is a beautiful vineyard, which Mr. Senti’s son cares for, and from which he makes some eighty barrels of wine annually. This wine is the pure grape juice, being used by many families in the city as a beverage and for medical purposes. In October 1855, Mr. Senti married Miss Anna Marie Johanna, daughter of Andrew and Ersie (Martha) Johanna. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Senti have been born three children; Samuel, a farmer in Union township. His first wife was Miss Anna Paula, who left three children: Jacob, Bertha, and Emma. Andrew Senti died July 26, 1902, aged forty-two years and three months, leaving a widow, who was formerly Miss Emma Swartz, and four children: Anna, Helen, Oscar, and Samuel. Mary (Mrs. Charles Black.) Mrs. Black was first married to Adolph Kurlie, by whom she has three children: Nettie aged ten years; Wesley; William Jacob; and Meyer, aged six years. Mr. Black was also previously married to Miss Libbie Rose, daughter of Benjamin and Harriet (Gillespie) Rose, by whom he had two children; Virgie Virginia, aged ten years; and Benjamin, aged seven years. Mr. Senti, though now a man of nearly eighty years, is still active, and is enjoying the fruits of his hard labor. As a citizen, he is as true as when he followed the old flag in beautiful Switzerland, and throughout his entire record he has manifested many traits of character that are worthy of emulation.
Children of Samuel Senti and Anna Maria Johanni are: