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H.A. Schurtzman

H. A. Schurtzman is one of the representative business men and popular citizens of North McGregor; where he has long conducted a well-equipped meat market and where he controls a substantial business, besides being the owner of one of the well improved farms of Clayton county, the same being situated in Mendon township and comprising one hundred and eighty-two acres.

Mr. Schurtzman was born near Mineral Point, Iowa county, Wis., on the 4th of October, 1858, and is a son of Charles and Mary S. Schurtzman, both natives of Germany. Upon his immigration to the United States, Charles Schurtzman became a pioneer settler near Mineral Point, Iowa county, Wis., where he became actively identified with agricultural pursuits. When the Civil war was precipitated he promptly signalized his loyalty to the land of his adoption by tendering his services in defense of the Union. He enlisted in one of the regiments of volunteer infantry raised in Wisconsin, and he sacrificed his life in the cause, as he was killed in battle, leaving his widow to assume the care of their six children, all of whom are living, namely: Augusta, who is married and resides in the city of Chicago; Mary, who is a resident of Dubuque, Iowa; H. A., who is the immediate subject of this sketch; Adolph, who now maintains his home at Waterloo, Iowa; Alfred, who is a resident of Chicago; and Charles, who is located in Skagway, Alaska. The mother contracted a second marriage, by becoming the wife of William Pohl, and their one child, Edward, is a resident of the city of Dubuque.

H. A. Schurtzman gained his early education in the public schools and was about nine years of age when he came to Iowa. In the city of Dubuque he served a thorough apprenticeship to the butcher's trade, becoming there connected with the meat market business when he was a lad of fifteen years and giving four years to acquiring a thorough knowledge of all details of this line of enterprise.

In 1881 he came to Clayton county and established his residence at North McGregor, where he engaged in buying and shipping fish, and for nearly a quarter of a century he has conducted the leading meat markets of the village, with a discernment and technical ability that have resulted in a high standard of service and have retained to him a large and representative patronage. He has never sought to enter the arena of political activity, but accords a staunch support to the Republican party and takes much interest in community affairs, as a liberal and public-spirited citizen. He is affiliated with the North McGregor camp of the Modern Woodmen of America.

In 1885 Mr. Schurtzman wedded Miss Agnes Scrogum, who was born and reared in this county, and they became the parents of three children, Amos, Evaline and Alvin, of whom the second died in childhood, the other two children still remaining residents of North McGregor.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 374
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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