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Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth owns and conducts a well equipped general merchandise establishment at South Guttenberg and is consistently to be noted as one of the progressive business men and popular and valued citizens of the locality that has been his place of residence from the time of his birth. His father was one of the sterling pioneers of Clayton county, where he established his residence more than sixty years ago, and the family name has been worthily associated with civic and material development and progress in this section of the Hawkeye state. Andrew Roth was born at Guttenberg, this county, on the 20th of July, 1872, and is a son of John and Mary Magdaline (Pink) Roth, the former of whom was born and reared in the vicinity of the historic old city of Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and the latter of whom was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, where her parents were pioneer settlers. John Roth came to the United States in 1853 and in the same year he established his residence in Jefferson township, Clayton county. There he was engaged in agricultural pursuits for a number of years and finally he removed to Guttenberg, where he established a brewery. He developed a prosperous business in this line and continued his residence at Guttenberg until his death, which occurred February 22, 1883, the year of his nativity having been 1841. His widow survived him by more than thirty years and was one of the revered pioneer women of Guttenberg at the time of her death, which occurred October 26, 1915, both she and her husband having been earnest communicants of the Catholic church. Of their children the eldest is Elizabeth, who is the wife of Louis Frommelt, of Guttenberg; Benjamin resides in the city of Dubuque; Andrew, of this review, and his twin sister, Mary, were the next in order of birth, and Mary died at the age of twelve years; Leonard is a resident of Guttenberg; Christina is the wife of Henry Sangling, of this place; Lena likewise remains at the old home in Guttenberg; and Annie died in infancy. Andrew Roth is indebted to the public and parochial schools of Guttenberg for his early educational discipline, and as a youth he was employed for some time in a saw mill. For six years thereafter he was engaged in the manufacturing of buttons, from shells obtained in the Mississippi river, and in 1907 he established his present thriving general merchandise business in South Guttenberg. He owns the store building, which he has remodeled and otherwise improved, and he erected his attractive and modern residence building, which is one of the fine homes of South Guttenberg. In politics Mr. Roth holds himself aloof from strict partisanship and exercises his franchise in support of the men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment. He and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church, and he is affiliated with the organization of the Knights of Columbus in the city of Dubuque, besides which he holds membership in the Royal Union and the Iowa Mutual Protective Association. On the 15th of May, 1906, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Roth to Miss Mary Link, daughter of John and Mary (Rolwas) Link, of Guttenberg, and they have three daughters - Mabel, Anita and Olive.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 356-357
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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