From "History of Renville County" (Minnesota), H. C. Cooper Jr. & Co., Chicago, 1916, Vol. I, pp. 408 and 409.
JULIUS MANTHEI was born July 17, 1859, in Pomerania, Germany, son of Carl and Wilhelmina (Wilke) Manthei.The family came to the United States in 1875 with their five children:Carl, Amelia, Augusta, Julius and Herman, and located at St. Peter, in Nicollet County, where they remained for five years.In 1880 they came to Renville County, locating at Middle Creek, where the father died in 1881 at the age of 55 and the mother in 1903 at the age of 70 years.
Julius Manthei first settled on a tract of 80 acres of prairie land on Middle Creek in Flora Township, where he built a small frame house and a barn.In 1897 he sold this farm, to which he had added 40 acres more, and moved to Troy Township, Section 19, where he secured 200 acres of land, where he still lives .He has now increased the farm to 480 acres and improved it greatly, and raises a good grade of stock.He also owns 240 acres in Kittson County, Minnesota, which he has improved and rents.
Mr. Manthei has been greatly interested in public affairs, has held several township offices in Troy Township and has been on the school board of Flora Township.He is also a stockholder in the Farmers' Elevator at Danube.His faith is that of the Evangelical Church.
December 13, 1883, Mr. Manthei was united in marriage to Mary Evert, born in Northfield, Minnesota, March 26, 1867, daughter of Joseph and Lizetta (Schultz) Evert.Her father is now living at Morton, Minnesota.Her mother died in February, 1908.The Evert children are Charles, George, August, William, Mary, Louise, Lizetta and Anna.Matilda, Edward and one unnamed child are deceased.
Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Manthei:George, born October 27, 1884, is a farmer of Troy Township; Benjamin, born July 3, 1887, is a farmer of Troy Township, married Ella Roper and has two children, Alice and Clarence; Sarah, born July 7, 1889, married Elmer Reck, of Troy Township; Julius, born May 16, 1891; Marie, born April 19, 1893; Otto, born May 12, 1895; Anna, born May 13, 1897; Lydia, born April 1, 1899; Hattie, born April 17, 1901; Ervin, born May 21, 1903; Harry, born September 21, 1905; Wesley, born February 5, 1908, and Alvin, born January 10, 1911.