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Date: 6/3/2005 at 12:44:58
Biography reproduced from page 451 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:
Michael Bonnstetter was born June 29, 1826, in Baden. In 1848 he came to America, landing at New Orleans, and going from there to St. Louis, where he worked for two years at his trade, that of shoemaker, then moved to Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., where he worked in a distillery for four years. From there he went to Downville, Sierra Co., Cal., where he worked in the mines six years. In 1858 he went to Guttenberg, Clayton Co., Iowa, and bought a farm. In 1865 he came to Kossuth Co., Iowa, where he bought 720 acres of land. He has 250 acres under cultivation, and raises stock and grain extensively. He has from sixty-five to seventy head of stock ; also from ten to twelve head of horses.
His farm buildings and barns are in good order. He also has a large number of fruit trees and a nice grove. Mr. Bonnstetter was united in marriage Sept. 14, 1858, to Catharine Dorweiler. The result of his union is ten children—Margaretha, Martin, Paul, Josephine, Christian, Helena, Pauline, Justine, Henry, and Joseph. All are members of the Catholic Church. In politics he is a democrat.
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