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Ernest G. Kaiser

Ernest G. Kaiser is enlisted as one of the vigorous and resourceful young representatives of mercantile enterprise in his native county and is senior member of the progressive firm of Kaiser & Wiethorn, which bases operations on the ample capital of fifteen thousand dollars and which conducts one of the most attractive and prosperous general merchandise establishments in the village of Monona. Of the junior member of the firm, William B. Wiethorn, individual mention is made elsewhere in this publication.

Mr. Kaiser was born in Farmersburg township, Clayton county, on the 4th of December, 1889, and is a son of William and Augusta (Groth) Kaiser, the former of whom was likewise born and reared in this county, a scion of one of its sterling German pioneer families, and the latter of whom was born in Germany, whence her parents came to America when she was a child, they likewise being early settlers of Clayton county.

William Kaiser was reared and educated in this county and during his entire active career never severed his allegiance to the basic industry of agriculture, of which he was for many years a prominent and successful exponent in Farmersburg township. A well known and sterling citizen, he is now living retired in the village of Monona. He has been influential in community affairs and is a stalwart in the local camp of the Democratic party, though he has never been troubled by aspiration for political office. Both he and his wife are earnest communicants of the German Lutheran church. Of their children the first-born was William, who died in childhood; Amelia is the wife of Frederick Drahn, a farmer in Giard township; Julius is now a resident of Topeka, Kansas; Arthur is a progressive farmer in Monona township; Elizabeth died young; Emil is a resident of Lamed, Kansas; Arno maintains his home at Monona, as does also Freda, who is the wife of Charles G. Schultz; Ernest G., of this review, was the next in order of birth; Hildegarde and Elsie remain at the parental home; Helmuth is deceased; and Edmund, Irene and Raymond are the younger members of the family circle at the parental home.

Ernest G. Kaiser continued his studies in the public schools of Clayton county until he had completed a course in the high school at McGregor, and he further fortified himself for the active duties and responsibilities of life by availing himself of the advantages of a business college in the city of Cedar Rapids. He continued to be associated with his father in the work and management of the home farm until he had attained to his legal majority and thereafter devoted two years to work at the carpenter's trade. His initial mercantile experience was gained by a service of one year as clerk in the store of the firm of English & Kaiser, at Monona, and for three months thereafter he was similarly retained in the mercantile establishment of C. J. Orr, of this village.

On the 1st of April, 1913, he formed the present partnership alliance with William B. Wiethorn, and under the firm name of Kaiser & Wiethorn they have built up a most substantial and prosperous business at Monona, with a store that is distinctly modern in all appointments and facilities, with departments devoted to dry goods, groceries, men's furnishings, and boots and shoes. Mr. Kaiser is loyal and progressive in his civic attitude as he is as a sterling business man, and he is found aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party. His circle of friends is limited only by that of his acquaintances.

On the 17th of January, 1912, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kaiser to Miss Sidnie Hupfer, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Barnhardt) Hupfer, of Giard township, and the two children of this union are: Virgil, who was born April 19, 1913, and Delpha, who was born July 4, 1915.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 201-202
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