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Charles Zittergruen

Charles Zittergruen was a lad of about fourteen years when he accompanied his parents on their immigration from Germany to America, in 1869, and the family home was established in Clayton county, where within the intervening years he has gained through his own energy and ability a generous measure of success and prosperity, as indicated in his ownership of a large and valuable landed estate in this county. He now makes his home on a fine farm in close proximity to the village of Garber, and is giving special attention to dairy farming, with the best of modern equipment and facilities.

Mr. Zittergruen was born in Pomerania, Germany, on the 9th of March, 1855, and there received his rudimentary education. He is a son of Carl and Regina (Wassmund) Zittergruen whose marriage was solemnized at Greiswald, Pomerania, about the year 1851, and who immigrated to America in 1869, as previously noted in this sketch. Soon after their arrival in the United States the parents came to Clayton county and the father purchased a farm near Garnavillo. In 1877 he sold this property and purchased one hundred acres in Section 13, Volga township, where he continued his successful activities as a farmer and stock grower until his death, which occurred about the year 1899 and when he was seventy-four years of age. He was a zealous communicant of the Lutheran church, as is also his widow, who still resides in this county and who celebrated, in 1916, her eighty-seventh birthday anniversary. Of the six children the subject of this review is the eldest; Mary became the wife of Joseph Raefeldt and is now deceased, her death having occurred in Clayton county; and the other four children died prior to the family's immigration to America.

In the schools of Clayton county Charles Zittergruen supplemented the educational discipline he had gained in those of his Fatherland, and he continued to be associated with his father in the work of the home farm until he had attained to the age of twenty-six years, when he took unto himself a young wife and helpmeet and initiated his independent career as a farmer on a tract of eighty acres of land which he purchased at that time, in Volga township. The passing years crowned his labors with cumulative prosperity, and he manifested mature judgment in adding gradually to his landed estate until he now has five hundred and seventy-four acres. He remained on his original homestead until 1913, when he rented the place to three of his sons and removed to the present farm, which he purchased at that time, near the village of Garber, just south of the corporate limits. Here he has a well-improved farm of one hundred and thirty-four acres, in the operations of which he has the effective assistance of others of his sons, the place being given largely to dairy farming, as previously noted.

Mr. Zittergruen is a director of the Garber Creamery and a member of the Elkport Commission Company. He has been known at all times for his progressiveness and public spirit, and has commanded the unqualified confidence and good will of the people of the county in which he has achieved large and worthy success through his own honest efforts. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party and he has been called upon to serve in various offices of public trust. In past years he served several terms as township trustee and as road supervisor, and he is now the vigorous incumbent of the office of superintendent of roads in Volga township. He has given years of effective service as school director, and holds this office at the time of this writing. He and his wife are most zealous communicants of the Lutheran church, and he has served for many years past as treasurer of the church of this denomination at Elkport.

On the 14th of March, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Zittergruen to Miss Lena Brandenburg, of Garnavillo, and they became the parents of ten sons and two daughters, of whom the first-born was John, who died in 1887, aged two years and five months; Herman is associated with his father in the work and management of the home farm; Charles, Emil and Louis have charge of the older homestead farm of their father; Lucina is the wife of Adam Thein; Romondo is the wife of Norman Nichols; Ernest died in infancy; and William, Edward, Arnold and Elmer remain at the parental home and assist in the work of the farm. All of the children are well upholding the prestige of a name that has been signally honored in connection with the civic and industrial history of Clayton county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 456-458

-OCR scanned by S. Ferrall


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