Godfrey Wenger is busily engaged in the pursuits of farming
and stock raising, owning and operating a well improved property
of two hundred acres on section 5, Adams township. His birth
occurred in Switzerland on the 10th of October, 1869, his father
being John Wenger, also a native of that country, who emigrated
to the United States in 1877. The latter located with his family
in Jones county, Iowa, and there carried on farming throughout
the remainder of his life, passing away in 1906. The mother of
our subject was called to her final rest in 1894. To Mr. and Mrs.
John Wenger were born eleven children, of whom the following
still survive: John, who is a resident of Monticello, Iowa;
Godfrey, of this review; Christopher, who makes his home in
Manchester; Karl, who follows farming near Ryan; William, living
near Langworthy; and Edward, who resides near Monticello.
Godfrey Wenger, who was a lad of eight years when he
accompanied his parents on their emigration to the new world, has
devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout
his entire business career. About eighteen years ago he purchased
his present home farm of two hundred acres on section 5, Adams
township, lying five and a half miles from Ryan. Previously he
had resided in Hazel Green township, Delaware county. He follows
general farming and stock raising and in both branches of his
business has met with success, conducting his interests in a
practical, progressive and resultant manner.
In 1896 Mr. Wenger was united in marriage to Miss Emma
Messerli, a daughter of James Messerli, of Switzerland. To them
have been born three children: Harry, Louis and Gladys. Mr.
Wenger is one of the representative agriculturists of Delaware
county and progressive, public-spirited citizens who is well
worthy of the high regard in which he is uniformly held.