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
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.