Adam Goetz, prominent among the
business men of Guttenberg may fairly be mentioned the
subject of this sketch. He was born in Hesse, Darmstadt,
Germany, on Jan. 1, 1810. In 1836 he left his native
country for America, reaching New York on June 11 of that
year. He remained in that city until the fall of 1837,
when he went to Cincinnati, O. He worked then at his
trade, that of a cabinet-maker, and was also engaged in
the confectionery business, and from 1845 to 1854 he kept
a lumber yard. In October of the latter year he came to
Guttenberg, where he engaged in the lumber business. Mr.
Goetz married Sophia Welman, who was born in Germany, and
emigrated to this country with her parents when a mere
child. They settled in Cincinnati, O., in 1832. Mrs.
Goetz died Sept. 18, 1879, leaving four children- William
and Edward engaged in the lumber business with their
father; Charles, railroad agent at Canton, D.T., and
George, a resident of Hawkeye, Ia., where he has charge
of a lumber yard.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 867
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