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Walter L. Eichendorf

Walter L. Eichendorf is consistently to be designated as one of the representative younger members of the bar of Clayton county, and is engaged in the successful practice of his profession at McGregor. His personality and professional ability have given him secure place in popular confidence and esteem and his law business shows a constantly cumulative tendency, the while it has involved his appearance in connection with important litigated causes in which he has won decisive victories and proved himself a resourceful trial lawyer. He has deep appreciation of the dignity and importance of his chosen vocation and its unwritten ethical code finds in him a close observer.

In the city of Clinton, judicial center of the Iowa county of the same name, Mr. Eichendorf was born on the 26th of July, 1889, and he is a son of John and Amelia A. (Kranert) Eichendorf, who still maintain their residence at McGregor, and of whose three children the subject of this sketch was the second in order of birth. Harry G., the elder son, resides at McGregor and is a shoe man by vocation; and Lillian is the wife of George F. Hamilton, of Hampton, Franklin county, this state. John Eichendoff was born and reared in Germany, where he learned the trade of tailor, and in the early '80s he immigrated to the United States and engaged in the work of his trade in the city of Clinton, Iowa. Six years later he came with his family to Clayton county and established his home in the thriving village of McGregor, where he has since been engaged in successful business as a merchant tailor, his political support being given to the Republican party and both he and his wife holding membership in the Christian Science church.

Walter L. Eichendorf was a child at the time of the family removal to Clayton county and at McGregor he was reared to adult age. He continued his studies in the public schools until he had completed the curriculum of the McGregor high school, and within a short time after his graduation he followed the line of his ambitious purpose and was matriculated in the law department of the University of Iowa, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1912, his admission to the bar of his native state having been virtually simultaneous with his reception of the degree of Bachelor of Laws. His professional novitiate was served at Lake Mills, Winnebago county, where for eighteen months he was junior member of the law firm of Kingland & Eichendorf and where his initial success justified fully his choice of vocation. At the expiration of the period noted he returned to McGregor, where he has developed a substantial and representative law business that is constantly expanding in scope and importance and where he stands forth as a loyal and public-spirited citizen. He is a well fortified advocate of the principles and policies of the Republican party and is affiliated with Bezer Lodge, No. 135, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, of which he is serving as secretary in 1916. His name is still enrolled on the roster of eligible young bachelors in his native state, and he remains at the parental home. He is popular in professional, business and social circles and is an active member of the Clayton County Bar Association.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 105-106
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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