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Frank X. Wolter

F. X. Wolter and family

Frank X. Wolter has been a resident of the village of Guttenberg from the time of his birth; here he succeeded to the control of the flourishing boot and shoe business that had been founded by his honored father in the early pioneer days, and for the long period of thirty years he continued as one of the representative merchants of his native village, where he is now living virtually retired, a loyal, public-spirited and influential citizen whose sterling character is best attested by the unqualified popular esteem accorded to him.

Mr. Wolter was born at Guttenberg, Clayton county, on the 15th day of July, 1862, and is a son of John and Sophia (Boehmer) Wolter, both of whom were born and reared in Germany, whence he immigrated to the United States in 1848. He landed in the city of New Orleans, but within a comparatively short time thereafter he came to Clayton county and became a member of the fine German pioneer colony at Guttenberg. Here the father engaged in the work of his trade, that of shoemaker, and later he opened one of the early shoe stores of the village. He developed a substantial and prosperous business and gave to the same his personal supervision until he was well advanced in years, when he retired and gave over the store and business to the management of his sons. He was 76 years of age at the time of his death, which occurred in 1906, and the cherished and devoted wife of his youth passed to eternal rest in 1879, both having been earnest communicants of the Catholic church. They became the parents of five children, of whom three are now living.

Frank X. Wolter is indebted to the public schools of Clayton county for his early educational training and as a youth he gained practical experience in connection with the business conducted by his father, so that he was well fortified when he finally took charge of the well equipped shoe store upon the retirement of his father. With this line of business enterprise he continued his active and successful identification for thirty years, and he has since lived retired, as previously stated in this context. He finds definite demand upon his attention, however, in according a general supervision to a valuable landed estate of seven hundred and seventy acres, in Clayton and Dubuque counties, and to his executive service as a director of the Guttenberg State Bank. He is a stockholder also in the canning factory at Guttenberg, and his civic loyalty has been shown by his efficient service as a member of the village council and as treasurer of the school board of Guttenberg, of which latter position he has been the incumbent since 1908. Both he and his wife are zealous communicants and liberal supporters of the Catholic church at Guttenberg, and they have long been active and influential in the affairs of the parish.

On the 20th of January, 1891, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Wolter to Miss Augusta Eckart, who was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of Henry and Dorothea (Benke) Eckart, who were born in Germany and who were pioneer settlers in Clayton county; they became the parents of twelve children, of whom seven are now living. Of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Wolter the firstborn was Monica Sophia, who died at the age of eleven years; Cecilia D., who was graduated in the college at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, is a talented musician, remains at the parental home and is an efficient and popular teacher of music in her native city; Serena H., was graduated in the St. Mary's School at Guttenberg and is now attending Campion College, at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; and Dorothy Catherine is now a student in the St. Mary's School.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 452-453

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