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Delaware County, Iowa


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Carl H. Gienapp


Oneida Twp.


    Carl H. Gienapp is one of the valued citizens whom Germany has given to this country and although he was without funds when he arrived here many years ago, he is now the owner of practically one hundred and sixty-five acres of land, situated on section 30, Oneida township, from which he derives a good annual income. He was born in the fatherland on the 28th of July, 1862, a son of Michael and Fredericka Gienapp, both natives of that country. They never came to America, passing their entire lives in their native land.

     Carl H. Gienapp received his education in the schools of Germany and remained there until a young man of twenty-two years, but in 1884 he emigrated to America and immediately made his way to the prairie states of the middle west, locating in Delaware county, Iowa, where he found employment as a farm hand for some time. In 1898 he rented land, which he cultivated for eight years, but during all of this time he kept ever in mind his determination to eventually have land of his own. He lived economically and

after renting for eight years bought the place where he now lives, which comprises one hundred and sixty-four and seventy-nine one-hundredths acres and is situated on section 30, Oneida township. In addition to the cultivation of the fields he engages in general farming and stock-raising and finds that these phases of agriculture fit each into the other and that by carrying them on simultaneously waste is eliminated and the greatest profit secured.
     In 1887 Mr. Gienapp was married to Miss Mary Westfal, a native of Germany and a daughter of Carl and Hannah (Krueseman) Westfal, both likewise born in the fatherland, where they spent their entire lives. Mrs. Gienapp is one of a family of nine children and by her marriage has become the mother of seven children, namely: Albert C., who was born November 24, 1888, and was married in Fort Dodge, where he now resides; Rose A., born October 6, 1889, who is the wife of William Kulow, of Dubuque, Iowa; Emma L., born November 18, 1890, who married P. Droege, of Dubuque; and Carl, who was born May 4, 1891, Erna A., born December 27, 1894, Doretta Ruth, August 27, 1904, and Esther M., August 1, 1906, all at home.
     Mr. and Mrs. Gienapp are members of the German Lutheran church, in which faith they were reared and to which they have always been loyal. Mr. Gienapp is a democrat in his political belief and is now serving as school director. He and his wife have labored earnestly, and the competence which they now enjoy is the direct result of their wise management and hard work and is richly deserved. Their tried integrity and absolute trustworthiness have won them the confidence and esteem of all who know them and they have also won many close personal friends who hold them in warm regard.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II.

The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 380-383.

               Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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