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George J. Rothmeyer

George J. Rothmeyer - In sections 28 and 29, Boardman township, is situated the well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres that is owned and operated by Mr. Rothmeyer, and as one of the popular native sons and progressive agriculturists of Clayton county, he is entitled to specific recognition in this history of the county and its people. He was born in Boardman township, this county, on the fifth of April, 1872, and is a son of Matthias and Josephine (Thein) Rothmeyer, the former of whom was born in Germany and the latter in Wisconsin, in which state her parents settled in the pioneer days. Matthias Rothmeyer was reared to manhood in his native land, where his father was a substantial farmer, and he was twenty-nine years of age when he severed the ties that bound him to home and fatherland and set forth to seek his fortune in America. He was fortified by strong mind and body and by dauntless courage and determination, and thus he was well equipped for winning independence and prosperity without relying on fortuitous financial influences, his monetary resources having been but nominal when he came to America. He came to Iowa and established his permanent home in Clayton county, where he eventually became the owner of a tract of raw land, which he developed into one of the productive and well-improved farms of Boardman township. He became one of the prosperous farmers and substantial and honored citizens of that township, where he continued his earnest and well-ordered activities until his financial status justified him in retiring from the labors and responsibilities that had long engrossed his attention, and he removed to Elkader, the county seat, where he is now living in well merited comfort and prosperity, his political allegiance being given to the Democratic party and his religious faith being that of the Catholic church, of which his wife likewise was a devout communicant, her death having occurred on the 25th of August, 1914. Of their children, George J., of this review, is the eldest; the second son died in infancy; Catherine was a child at the time of her death; Clara is the wife of Barney Muench, of Elkader; Charles resides upon and has charge of his father's old homestead farm, in Boardman township; and Ella remains with her father and has supervision of the domestic economies of their pleasant home at Elkader. George J. Rothmeyer is indebted to the public schools of his native township for his early educational training, and in the meanwhile he did well his part in connection with the activities of the home farm, in the management of which he continued to be associated until he had attained to the age of twenty-six years. He then initiated his independent career as a farmer on a rented place of one hundred and eighty-five acres. On this farm he continued operations two years and for the ensuing three years he continued his activities under similar conditions on a farm of one hundred and seventy-seven acres, likewise in his native township. He had applied himself with diligence and good judgment, had carefully conserved his financial resources, and at the expiration of the three years, in 1902, he was enabled to purchase his present fine farm, to the improvement and cultivation of which he is now giving his time and attention, with characteristic vigor and good judgment, the farm being a center of progressive operations along the lines of diversified agriculture and the raising of good grades of livestock. Mr. Rothmeyer has had no ambition for the honors or emoluments of public office or to enter the arena of practical politics, but he is liberal and loyal in his civic attitude and is affiliated with the Democratic party, both he and his wife being communicants of the Catholic church. Their home is eligibly situated and receives mail service on rural route No.2 from Elkader. November 27, 1900, was the date on which was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Rothmeyer to Miss Margaret McGee, who was both [sic] in the city of Boston, Mass., and who is a daughter of James and Mary (Fitzgerald) McGee, both natives of Ireland and both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Rothmeyer have three children, whose names and respective dates of birth are here noted: Josephine Catherine, September 17, 1901; Mary Frances, December 31, 1904; and Karl Finton, October 12, 1906.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 357-359
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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