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Gustav Pufahl

Gustav Pufahl was a lad of about thirteen years when he accompanied his parents on their immigration from Germany to the United States, in 1871, and in that year the family home was established at Guttenberg, Clayton county. That he has proved himself a man of energy and ability and that he has availed himself consistently of the advantages afforded in this section of the Hawkeye state needs no further voucher than the statement that he is the owner of one of the large and well-improved landed estates of the county and has secure prestige as a representative agriculturist and stock-grower whose success has been the direct result of his own well-ordered endeavors.

Mr. Pufahl was born in the northeastern part of Prussia, on the 6th of September, 1858, and is a son of Gottlieb and Wilhelmina (Kobs) Pufahl, who there continued to maintain their home until 1871 when they came to America and established their residence at Guttenberg, Clayton county, where the family arrived on the 2d of July of that year. Here the father was employed for a time in a saw mill and later he purchased a tract of ten acres of land, upon which he made good improvements, this little homestead continuing to be the place of residence of both himself and his wife during the remainder of their lives. Both were earnest communicants of the Lutheran church and in politics he gave his allegiance to the Republican party. Of the children the subject of this sketch is the eldest; Bertha is the wife of Frederick Williams; of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Julius is deceased; Herman resides at Bolivar, Mo.; Emil, Otto and Emma are deceased; and Mrs. Hulda Burke maintains her home in Colorado.

Gustav Pufahl gained his early education in his native land and continued his studies in the public schools after the family home had been established in Clayton county. As a youth he was for a time employed in a printing office in Guttenberg, this county, later he assisted in the operation of a saw mill and thereafter he was engaged in farm work until he had attained to the age of twenty-five years, when he rented a farm and initiated his independent activities as an agriculturist. Under these conditions he continued his activities with characteristic energy for the ensuing six years, at the expiration of which he purchased, in 1889, a tract of two hundred and thirty acres of land in Monona township. To this he has since added an adjoining eighty acres, and he has developed the property into one of the model farms of Clayton county, the excellent buildings on the homestead having been erected by him. He gives his attention to diversified agriculture and to the raising of high-grade live stock, including short-horn cattle and Poland-China swine. Indomitable energy and excellent judgment have marked his activities and he has achieved substantial and worthy success. He is a stockholder and director of the Luana Savings Bank, is a Republican, has served as school director, and both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church.

On the 6th of December, 1887, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Pufahl to Miss Elizabeth Bierbaum, who was born and reared in this county and who was afforded the advantages of the public schools of Garnavillo, near which village the homestead farm of her parents was situated, her father being now deceased and her mother being a resident of Monona, this county.

Mrs. Pufahl is a daughter of Christopher and Florentina (Johaninghmeyer) Bierbaum, who immigrated to America from Germany in 1845, passing the first year in Ohio and then coming to Iowa and numbering themselves among the pioneer settlers of Clayton county, where the father obtained a tract of government land, between Guttenberg and Garnavillo, and where he reclaimed one of the valuable farms of the county. He was a Democrat in his political proclivities and was a communicant of the Lutheran church, as is also his venerable widow. Of their children several are now living and of the number Mrs. Pufahl was born May 22, 1859.

Mr. and Mrs. Pufahl have three children, all of whom remain at the parental home, namely: Albert, Edward and Florentina.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 335-336

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