A Narrative History of The People of Iowa


LORRAINE M. GUENTHER, county auditor of Jackson County at Maquoketa, was born and grew up at the old Mississippi River town of Sabula.  He was in the railroad service for a number of years, is a World war veteran, and on all counts his experience has well qualified him for the post of responsibility he enjoys in his native county.
He was born at Sabula February 13, 1895.  His father, Jacob H. Guenther, was a native of Pennsylvania and was thirteen years of age when his parents came out to Iowa and settled on a farm near Sabula.  At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the Union army.  In 1864 he returned to Sabula and for many years was in business in that city as a pharmacist.  He passed away June 30, 1923.  Jacob H. Guenther married Francina Marikle, a native of New York State, who resides at Sabula.  There are two sons, Wade, publisher and owner of the Sabula Gazette, and Lorraine M.

Lorraine M. Guenther was graduated from the Sabula High School in 1911.  In August of the same year he went to work for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, and altogether was on the payroll of that company for eleven years.  He was one of the first to join the colors and go overseas after America declared war on Germany.  He enlisted May 26, 1917, in the Thirteenth Regiment of Engineers.  After a period of training in Chicago he embarked for France, July 21, 1917, being among the first of the American Expeditionary Forces.  During most of his service he was in the Verdun sector in France.  He returned home in April, 1919, and was honorably discharged at Camp Grant, Illinois, May 14.

He then resumed his place with the Milwaukee Railway, but in 1922 resigned to enter the insurance business.  He sold insurance four years and was a bond salesman one year.  Mr. Guenther on January 1, 1927, became deputy county auditor.  In 1928 he made the successful race for election as county auditor and has filled that office since January 1, 1929.  He is a Republican, a member of the American Legion and the Masonic fraternity.

Mr.  Guenther married, November 29, 1924, Miss Lura A. Eggerstedt, daughter of Jacob and Emma (Gray) Eggerstedt.  Her father came from Germany when about seventeen years of age, and for many years was in business with the Hurst Lime Works.  He retired in 1925.  Mr. and Mrs. Guenther have one child, Marilyn, born in 1925.


~ 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