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Gottlieb Zurcher

Gottlieb Zurcher has been a resident of Clayton county since he was a lad of about seven years, and is a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of the county. Here he was reared and educated and here he has long been a successful and progressive exponent of the great basic industries of agriculture and stock-growing, the while he has stood at all times as a loyal and public-spirited citizen who is well worthy of the unqualified esteem in which he is uniformly held.

Mr. Zurcher was born in Baden, Germany, on the 23d of January, 1857, and is a son of George and Orzilla Zurcher, who continued their residence in that section of the great German Empire until 1864, when they immigrated to America and numbered themselves among the pioneer settlers of Clayton county, Iowa, where they passed the remainder of their lives and where the father reclaimed a productive farm, both he and his wife commanding the high regard of all who knew them, and.their names meriting enduring place on the roll of the sterling pioneers of the county. Of their seven children five are yet living.

Gottlieb Zurcher was reared to the sturdy activities of the pioneer farm and gained his early education in the common schools of the early period in Clayton county history. He continued his association with the work and management of the home farm until he had attained to his legal majority, and later he purchased this old homestead, comprising eighty-seven and three-fourths acres in Section 7, Farmersburg township, and twenty-four acres in Section 6 of the same township. He has made substantial improvements on his landed estate, including the erection of good buildings of modern type, and with the passing years the property has greatly increased in value, the while the farm has been kept up to the highest standard through his energetic and progressive policies and management.

Mr. Zurcher has been one of the successful and influential citizens of Farmersburg township and has given his support to those measures and enterprises that have tended to advance the best interests of the community. He was one of the organizers and founders of the Farmersburg Creamery Company, of which he served as president five years and as a director for a period of four years thereafter. He is a director of the Farmersburg Savings Bank and is one of the substantial and wideawake men of the county in which he has maintained his home since childhood. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party and his character and ability have given him such secure place in popular confidence and esteem that he has been called upon to serve in various local offices of public trust. Since 1910 he has been the efficient incumbent of the office of justice of the peace, and the year 1916 finds him in service also as township supervisor and as a member of the school board of his district, in which latter office he has served continuously since 1908. He is a stockholder in a cement manufacturing corporation at Farmersburg, in which village both he and his wife are zealous members of the Evangelical church. There also he is affiliated with the camp of the Modern Woodmen of America.

In June, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Zurcher to Miss Christina Schiff, who was born and reared in this county, and who is a daughter of Louis and Mary (Meier) Schiff, who were born in Germany and who came to the United States in 1851. Later they became pioneer settlers in Clayton county, where they passed the residue of their lives and where Mr. Schiff was a prosperous farmer and honored citizen. Of their ten children seven are yet living. Mr. and Mrs. Zurcher became the parents of seven children, whose names are here entered in the respective order of birth: Herbert G., Amiel L., Ishmael, Benjamin L., George, a child that died in infancy, and Truman S. Of the children, Herbert, Ishmael and George are deceased.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 458-459

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