Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 411-12.

Transcribed by Mary Alice Schwanke and Cyndi Vertrees

Biography of  Edward J. Nitzke

Edward J. Nitzke, who is one of the younger representatives of farming interests in Buena Vista county, is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land, situated in Coon township. He was born May 4, 1879, a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Nitzke, who are mentioned elsewhere in this volume. The son attended district schools to the age of seventeen years and assisted in the operation of the home farm until he established a home of his own by his marriage on the 22nd of February, 1906, the lady of his choice being Miss Anna M. Grunewald, who was born in Germany, October 23, 1881, and was a little maiden of twelve years when she accompanied her parents to this country, the family home being established in Storm Lake, Iowa. The other children of this family are: Ernest, Albert, William and Fred, all of whom follow farming in Minnesota; Augustine, the wife of Chris Richter, and Bertha, of the home. The father died in December, 1907, but the mother still survives and makes her home in Minnesota.

Following his marriage Mr. Nitzke purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Coon township, this property having been improved by his father. With his young bride he took up his abode here and has since been actively engaged in its cultivation. He follows practical methods in his farm work and each year his labors are rewarded by the large crops which he harvests. In addition to his farm work he also gives much of his time to stock raising, making a specialty of shorthorn cattle.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Nitzke is graced by an interesting little son, Sidney Walter, who was born June 2, 1907. Mr. Nitzke's study of the political questions and issues of the day has led him to give stalwart support to the republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Methodist church. He and his wife are estimable young people, popular among a wide circle of friends, and the hospitality of their own pleasant home is enjoyed by all who enter its door.