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Rudolph W. Fett

Rudolph W. Fett holds place as one ot the enterprising and representative merchants in the village of Luana and has been a resident of Iowa since his boyhood days, his parents having been pioneers of this State.

He was born in the Prussian Province of Pommern, designated in English as Pomerania, and the date of his nativity was April 6, 1866. In the same province were born and reared his parents, Frederick and Henriette (Schrader) Fett, and there they continued their residence until 1875, when they immigrated to America and soon afterward established the family home in Allamakee county, Iowa. There Frederick Fett reclaimed and developed a fine farm and he continued to be actively identified with agricultural pursuits in that county for many years. He and his wife are now venerable and honored pioneer citizens of Allamakee county, where he is living retired, in the enjoyment of the gracious rewards of former years of earnest and well directed endeavor.

Their eldest child, Charles, continues to uphold the prestige of the family name in connection with agricultural industry in Allamakee county; Augusta is the wife of August Duball, of that county; Fred still remains a representative of agricultural interests in the same county; and the subject of this review is the youngest of the children.

Rudolph W. Fett was a lad of about seventeen years at the time of the family immigration to the United States, and thus he had received in his native land his rudimentary education, which was supplemented by the discipline which he gained in the schools of Allamakee county, Iowa. He assisted in the work of the home farm and later found employment on other farms in Allamakee county. In 1894 he came to Clayton county and founded a general merchandise business at Watson, in which village he continued his operations in this line until the autumn of 1915, when he removed to Luana and purchased the general merchandise stock of Eleazer Schinholtz. He maintains his store at a high standard in the variety and completeness of its stock in all departments, and in the effective service given in meeting the demands of a substantial and appreciative patronage. He is one of the progressive and valued business men of this fine little city and has a wide circle of friends in Clayton county.

Mr. Fett is a staunch Republican and within the period of his residence at Watson he served 15 years as postmaster of that village. Both he and his wife are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Luana. On the 5th of March, 1891, Mr. Fett wedded Miss Lena Krueger, who was born and reared in Allamakee county, and their five children all remain members of the gracious home circle, namely: Donald, Gladys, Murney, Carlisle, and Maicil.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 118
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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