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Charles J. Engler

Charles J. Engler.-One of the representative mercantile establishments of the thriving village of Garnavillo is that owned and conducted by Mr. Engler, who here has a specially substantial and well equipped store in which he handles all kinds of heavy and shelf hardware, stoves, ranges, and plumbing, lighting and heating supplies and plants. He is at all times prepared to furnish estimates for the installation of plumbing, lighting and heating equipment, and the high reputation for his establishment constitutes its best commercial asset, for its service is of the best type in all departments and fair and honorable dealing is the rule from which no deviation is permitted. Mr. Engler has gained a secure place as one of the progressive business men of his native county and is specially worthy of recognition in this publication. Charles J. Engler was born at Monona, this county, on the 31st of March, 1877, and is a son of John and Mary (Light) Engler, the former a native of Germany and the latter of the State of Kentucky. John Engler established his home in Clayton county, was a harnessmaker by trade but after coming to this county he became a successful farmer of Clayton township, where his death occurred on the 17th of December, 1887, his widow being still a resident of that township and being a devout communicant of the Catholic church, as was also her husband. Of the children the first-born was Rose, who died in young girlhood; Louis is a prosperous farmer of this county; Emma is the wife of Robert Anderson and they maintain their home in the city of Dubuque, Iowa; Lena is the wife of Bernard Tonner, of Clayton township; Catherine and William remain at the old homestead with their mother; Charles J., of this review, was the next in order of birth; and Albert is still with his mother on the home farm. Charles J. Engler gained his early experience of practical nature in connection with the work of the home farm and was about ten years of age at the time of his father's death. He made good use of the advantages afforded in the public schools of the locality and at the age of twenty-two years he left the farm to enter upon an apprenticeship to the tinner's trade, in a hardware establishment at Elkader, the judicial center of his native county. Within two years he had so applied himself as to become a skilled workman at his trade, and his first work as a journeyman was at Neola, Pottawattamie county, where he remained two years. For the ensuing three years he was engaged in the work of his trade at Stuart, Guthrie county, and he then went to Kalispell, Montana, where he remained about one year. Upon his return to Clayton county he resumed his association with the work and management of the old homestead farm, but after a lapse of eighteen months he went to the city of Chicago, where he remained two years and broadened his knowledge of the hardware business as well as of the work of his trade. He next returned to his native county and assumed a clerical position in the general merchandise establishment of William L. Kords, in the village of Clayton. About a year later he removed to Ossian, Winneshiek county, where he worked at his trade for a brief interval. In 1909 he established his home at Garnavillo, where he has since risen to a prominent place in connection with the business and civic activities of the village. For three years he was employed in the hardware establishment of the firm of Kregel & Luehsen, and he then purchased the interest of the senior member of the firm. Thereafter the enterprise was continued under the firm name of Luehsen & Engler until the death of Mr. Luehsen, since which time Mr. Engler has individually owned and conducted the flourishing enterprise, his establishment controlling a substantial trade that extends throughout the ample territory normally tributary to Garnavillo. Mr. Engler is liberal and public-spirited as a citizen and while he has had no ambition for political preferment he has been found aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, his religious faith being that of the Catholic church, of which he is a communicant. He still permits his name to remain engrossed on the roll of eligible bachelors in his native county, and here his circle of friends is virtually coincident with that of his acquaintances.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 111-112
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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