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Charles Roggman

Charles Roggman, the efficient and popular cashier of the Garnavillo Savings Bank has been the incumbent of this important executive position from the time of the organization of the institution, in 1904, and his careful and progressive administration has been potent in the upbuilding of its substantial and representative business. He is another of the native sons of Clayton county who have here found ample scope and opportunity for effective and productive enterprise along normal lines of business enterprise and that his is inviolable vantage-ground in popular confidence and esteem is vouchsafed by his having been called upon to serve in various offices of public trust.

One of the four survivors in a family of five children, Mr. Roggman was born on the old homestead farm of his father, in Read township, this county, and the date of his nativity was May 26, 1870. He is a son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Mueller) Roggman, both natives of Germany, whence they came to the United States when young folk. They were numbered among the pioneer settlers in Read township, Clayton county, where the father obtained and effected the reclamation and improvement of a good farm, though the original family home was a primitive pioneer house of the type common to the locality and period. Frederick Roggman continued as one of the successful agriculturists until his retirement, and was an honored and influential citizen of Garnavillo afterward until his death, in 1882, and his widow is now one of the venerable and revered pioneer women of Clayton county, she being a devoted communicant of the Lutheran church, as was also her husband.

Charles Roggman passed the period of his childhood and early youth with his parents and in the meanwhile did not fail to profit by the advantages afforded in the public schools. At the age of eighteen years he assumed a position as clerk in one of the leading mercantile establishments at Garnavillo, and in this capacity he continued to render most effective and satisfactory service during the long period of thirteen years. He had made good use of the experience thus afforded and his business experience rendered him definitely eligible for the public office which he then assumed, that of deputy county clerk. Of this position he continued the incumbent three and one-half years, at the expiration of which, in 1904 he left Elkader, the county seat, and accepted the office of cashier of the newly organized Garnavillo Savings Bank, in which post he has since continued his able administration. He is found in tenure also, in 1916, of the office of town treasurer, and for several years has been a valued member of the Garnavillo board of education. He is the treasurer of the Garnavillo Creamery Company. He gives his political allegiance to the Republican party and both he and his wife are zealous communicants of the Lutheran church of Garnavillo, of which he is a trustee.

In 1897 was solemnized the in marriage of Mr. Roggman to Miss Anna Kregel, who likewise was born and reared in Clayton county and who is a daughter of Diedrich and Margaret Kregel, who are well known citizens and honored pioneers of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Roggman became the parents of four children, of whom two are living (Arnold and Bernardine E.). Robert died at the age of four years, and the third child died in infancy.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 355-356
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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