John Zumbach, the owner of an excellent farm of one
hundred and sixty acres situated on section 29, Hazel Green
township, is entitled to additional honor, as he is distinctly a
self-made man, his success being due entirely to his
own efforts and sound judgment. He was
September 25, 1861, in Switzerland
and was there educated. In the spring of 1883, when a young
man of about twenty two years, he crossed the
Atlantic to the
new world, arriving at Monticello, Iowa, on the 9th of April, that year.
For seven years he was employed by farmers
as a hired hand and during that time thoroughly familiarized himself with
the methods of agriculture best adapted to the conditions in Iowa. After his
marriage he rented land for a time but is now the owner of a well improved farm
of one hundred and sixty acres, all of which is in a high state of cultivation
and yields good crops annually. He follows general farming and is meeting
with success in his agricultural
Mr. Zumbach was married in 1890 to Miss Melissa
Wilson, a daughter of James and Helen (Bruce) Wilson, both natives of Scotland.
Her father died April 7, 1895, and her mother May 7, 1894.
To Mr. and Mrs. Zumbach have been born three
children: John F., whose natal day was
1896; Lillie May, born
June 23, 1899; and Clara L., whose birth occurred June 4, 1904.
Mr. Zumbach gives his political allegiance to the
republican party, and
fraternally he is a member of the
subordinate lodge of Odd Fellows at
conforms to the high moral standard inculcated by that organization,
and he enjoys the confidence and esteem of