A Narrative History of The People of Iowa


DR. C. H. CRETZMEYER, who for over twenty-five years has practiced medicine at Algona, was born at Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, August 16, 1878.  The Cretzmeyer family came to Iowa nearly eighty years ago.  The Cretzmeyers are people whose names and characters are highly respected in several Iowa communities, where they have given good account of themselves as business men, farmers and in the professions, and have measured up to the duties of good citizenship and patriotism at all times.

Doctor Cretzmeyer is a son of Henry and Margaret (Mooney) Cretzmeyer, his father of German and his mother of Irish ancestry.  His paternal grandfather was born in Baden, Germany, and settled in New York State.  Henry Cretzmeyer was born in New York, and in 1852 came to Iowa and has lived in Bremer County ever since.  He was one of three sons.  His brother Stephen enlisted in the Union army at Muscatine, Iowa, and while a soldier in the South was captured and was confined at Andersonville Prison.  Henry Cretzmeyer for many years was a brick manufacturer.  His wife was born at Baltimore, Maryland, and came to Iowa before her marriage.  These parents had a family of ten children:  Mary, Francis X., Rose, C. H., John, Agnes, Annette, Margaret, Joseph and Charlotte.  All are living except Agnes and Joseph.  Joseph died in France during the World war.

Dr. C. H. Cretzmeyer graduated from the Waverly High School and then taught for two years, using this method of defraying part of his expenses while in university.  In 1901 he was graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Iowa, and remained in Iowa City for one year as resident physician at the University Hospital.  In 1902 he opened his office and began building up a general practice, in which he has been most successful, at Algona.  He is a member of the Kossuth County, Iowa State, Austin Flint District and American Medical Associations.  In matters of politics he acts independently and is a Catholic in religion.

Doctor Cretzmeyer married Bertha M. Henry of Oskaloosa, October 14, 1915, and they have two children, Charles H. and Margaret Jane.


~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC., by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York. 1931
~ transcribe by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Great War