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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 309.


"LOUTZENHISER Brothers, farmers and stock-raisers. The members of this firm are O. J. and R. L. Loutzenhiser, twin brothers, who were born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, July 31, 1850, sons of David and Eliza (Brown) Loutzenhiser Their parents died before the boys were one year old.

O. J. was reared a farmer by his maternal grandparents, who lived to be quite old; his Grandfather Loutzenhiser lived to be eighty-seven and his grandmother to be eighty-three. His Grandfather Brown was ninety-four years old, and his Grandmother Brown eighty-five.

He received his education in the common schools. At the age of seventeen years he learned the mason's trade and followed that occupation eight years. In 1879 he came to Ringgold County, and purchased an interest with his brother, R. L.

He was married July 26, 1881, to Miss Lizzie Judy, a lady of great intelligence and fine education, who was a successful teacher. She is a daughter of Judge Judy, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Loutzenhiser have two children - Roxie O. and Harry O.

R. L. Loutzenhiser was reared by his Aunt Sallie McLaughlin until he was seventeen, when she died. Then he was one place and another until he came to Iowa. He resided in Pennsylvania until 1874, then came to Benton Township and settled upon a portion of their present farm, which was then in its primitive state.

The farm now contains 530 acres of excellent land, well cultivated and well improved. They are extensively engaged in general farming and stock-raising. They have each a fine residence, situated upon different parts of the farm, good out-buildings for stock, etc.

R. L. was married June 29, 1881, to Miss Carrie Miller, formerly a teacher, daughter of H. T. Miller, one of Ringgold County's leading citizens, whose sketch appears on another page of this volume.

R. L. Loutzenhiser and wife have three children - Laura L., L. Blanche and Mary A.

Loutzenhiser Brothers are genial in their manner and upright in their dealings, and no men in the township have more friends than the "twin brothers." They closely resemble each other in voice, manner and disposition, as well as in personal appearance. Postoffice, Mormontown."

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