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Vina Katschkowsky

While Clayton county, at the primary election in 1916, gave more than one thousand majority against the extension of suffrage to women, the men of the county had already shown their faith in womanhood and their willingness to recognize good and efficient service, by either man or woman, by the election of Miss Vina Katschkowsky as recorder for Clayton county. This was done at the election in 1914, when Miss Katschkowsky was elected by a handsome majority. In doing this, the voters did not find their confidence misplaced, for Miss Katschkowsky has shown herself to be industrious, capable, accommodating and highly efficient. As a result of this good work there was no opposition to her re-election in 1916.

Miss Katschkowsky is a Clayton county product, having been born in Elkader, in 1891. She is the daughter of Adolf K. and Elizabeth (Musfeldt) Katschkowsky. Her father was born in Germany and came to America in 1871, going first to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was employed in various capacities. He was the first of his family to come to the "land of the free," his parents arriving in America a year later. In 1875 he came to Iowa, settling at Elkport, where his parents made their home. Shortly afterward he moved to Elkader, where he now resides. In 1879 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Musfeldt and to them five children were born: Minnie, Adolf, Jr., Louis, Vina, the subject of this sketch, and Freda.

Miss Vina had her preliminary education in the public school, later attending the Elkader High School, and then entering business life as a clerk in Poull & Bink's general store. About a year later she was appointed to the position of assistant to County Recorder J. W. McLaughlin, filling the position most acceptably for four years, and obtaining a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of the recorder's office. At the insistent request of her friends in the court house as well as of influential friends throughout the county, she was induced to allow her name to be placed on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for county recorder in the election of November, 1914, being elected by a large majority. That she has given entire satisfaction to the public is evidenced by the unanimous desire for her re-election. Miss Katschkowsky is a young lady of charming personality. She is deservedly popular on account of her bright vivacity and her cheerful and friendly disposition, and she has a very wide acquaintance throughout the county. While giving full time to the work of her office, Miss Katschkowsky's interests are not all confined to her official duties and she takes an active part in all the social events which transpire among the young people of Elkader. Her life record certainly shows what can be accomplished by a young woman of intellect and integrity and proves that a woman can be safely entrusted in the most responsible positions.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 206-207
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