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W. D. Mundt

General farming and stock-raising claim the attention of W. D. Mundt, who during his entire career has been identified with the agricultural development of Crawford county. He is one of those thrifty and enterprising sons of Germany, who through the intelligent direction of their activities have become numbered among the successful landowners of the county.

His birth occurred in Hanover on the 12th of February, 1873, which was also the birthplace of his parents, Diedrich and Sophia (Meyer) Mundt. They emigrated to the United States in 1880, first locating in East Boyer township, Crawford county, where the father purchased forty acres of land. On disposing of that place, he purchased a farm on section 5, Nishnabotny township, in the cultivation of which he engaged until his retirement nine years ago. Since 1902 Mr. and Mrs. Diedrich Mundt have been making their home in Denison, having acquired during their residence in this country a competence which provides them with the comforts of life. They are the parents of three children: W. D., our subject; Minnie, who is a resident of California; and Lena, of Denison. They affiliate with the Lutheran church, and Mr. Mundt gives his political support to the democratic party.

As he was a lad of seven years when his parents settled in the United States, W. D. Mundt has spent practically his entire life not only in the state of Iowa but in Crawford county. His boyhood and youth were quite similar to those of other lads of his circumstances, his education being obtained in the district schools and his vacations largely occupied in assisting his father in the cultivation of the homestead. He remained a member of the paternal household until he had attained his twenty-third year, at which time he started out for himself. His energies have always been intelligently directed and as a result he has met with more than moderate success, having acquired six hundred acres of fine farming land. It is all under an excellent state of cultivation and is welt stocked with full-blooded hogs and cattle, which he feeds himself.

In 1896 Mr. Mundt's plans for a home of his own had their culmination in his marriage to Miss Anna Lochmiller, a daughter of Herman Lochmiller, of East Boyer township. Three children have been born of this union: Bernhard, Lulela and Reinhard.

The church affiliation of the family is with the Lutheran denomination, while politically Mr. Mundt supports the principles of the democratic party, for whose candidates he always votes. Any man who acquires through his own unaided effort the amount of property owned by Mr. Mundt possesses those qualities which make for success in any vocation in life if wisely applied, namely, energy and determination.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.