Ernst Enderes holds a place
of prominence as one of the representative business
men of his native county, as he is president of the
Enderes Manufacturing Company, which is engaged in
the manufacturing of various types of tools at
Littleport. The company has a well equipped plant and
certain of the high-grade tools manufactured were
invented and patented by the president of the
corporation, who has long been known as a man of fine
mechanical ability. Mr. Enderes was born on the old
homestead farm of his father, near Communia, this
county, and the date of his nativity was March 9,
1861. He is a son of John and Barbara (Prupst)
Enderes, both natives of Germany and both honored
pioneer citizens of Clayton county at the time of
their death. John Enderes was one of the earliest
settlers in the community about Communia, this
county, where he established his home about the year
1849 and where he reclaimed and improved a good farm.
He was a nailsmith by trade and prior to coming to
Clayton county he had followed the work of his trade.
Of the three children the eldest is William, who is a
resident of Littleport; and Ernst and Emiline were
twins, the latter being now deceased. Ernst Enderes
was reared under the invigorating discipline of the
farm and made good use of the advantages afforded in
the public schools of the locality and period. In his
youth he learned the trade of blacksmith, and at the
age of twenty years he left the parental home and
engaged in the work of his trade in Postville,
Allamakee county. There he remained about four years,
and he then, in 1885, established his home at
Littleport, where for the ensuing twenty-six years he
vigorously and successfully applied himself to the
work of his trade, as the owner of a blacksmith shop.
In 1907 he became the founder of the prosperous
manufacturing enterprise of which he is now the
executive head, and his associates as stockholders
and directors of the company are Ernst and John W.
Enderes, Christ C. Pust, Elmer L. Gifford, and George
C. Ruegnitz, Jr. In politics Mr. Enderes gives his
allegiance to no definite party but supports the men
and measures meeting the approval of his judgment. He
is affiliated with the local organizations of the
Modern Woodmen of America and with the Brotherhood of
American Yeomen. On the 18th of September, 1883, Mr.
Enderes wedded Miss Louisa Hupp, who was born in
Allamakee county, this state, and they have three
John is associated with the manufacturing company of
which his father is president; Rose is the wife of
George Ruegnitz, of Volga township; and Elsie is the
wife of Seymour Lalleyer, of Littleport.
of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical
Times Down to the Present; 1916, by Realto E.
Price, Vol. II; pg. 109-110
-OCR scanned by S. Ferrall
Above: undated photo of Ernst Enderes as an older man
was contributed by Reid R. Johnson. It is not from
the 1916 book, but the source is unknown.