Coming to America when a youth of sixteen years, actuated by a desire to enjoy better business conditions than
he hoped to secure in the old world, C. Gunzenhauser is today prominent in a substantial financial concern as cashier
of the Rowley Savings Bank His advancement to his present enviable position has been continuous and the steps in
his orderly progression are easily discernible. He was born in Germany in January, 1866, and is a son of John G
and Elizabeth (Snyder) Gunzenhauser, who were also natives of the same country There the father worked as a laborer
and continued his residence in Germany until death called him in September, 1888. His wife, surviving for a number
of years, passed away in November, 1895.
C. Gunzenhauser pursued his early education in the schools of the fatherland and there remained to the age of sixteen
years, when, actuated by a spirit of laudable ambition, he sailed for the United States in February, 1882. Later
he continued his education by pursuing a course in the Cedar Rapids Business College. In Germany he had learned
the cabinet maker's trade and after crossing the Atlantic he settled in Iowa, county, Iowa, and later removed to
Muscatine, where he worked for his brother in a foundry and machine shop for one year. He next went to Oxford,
Johnson county, Iowa, where he clerked in a store until 1893. At that date he rented a tract of land which he cultivated
for three years. It was after this that he pursued his course in the Cedar Rapids Business College, from which
he was graduated with the class of 1896. He realized fully the value of more thorough and advanced training as
a preparation for life's practical and responsible duties. Moreover, in the school of experience he has learned
many valuable lessons and is today a well informed business man, displaying sound judgment and keen discrimination.
Returning to Oxford, he there engaged in general merchandising on his own account for three years and at the same
time filled the position of assistant cashier in the Oxford State Bank for a period of four and a half years. In
April, 1902, he removed to Rowley, where he embarked in the banking business, establishing the Rowley Bank, which
has recently been incorporated as the Rowley Savings Bank with a capital of twenty thousand dollars and with the
following officers: F. M. Williams, president; Theodore Kirsch, vice president; and C. Gunzenhauser, cashier. The
bank is liberally patronized not only by the people of the town but by many throughout the surrounding country
as well. The bank is the only one in Rowley and previous to its reorganization Mr. Gunzenhauser had erected a fine
bank building and the deposits amounted to one hundred and eight thousand dollars, the loans to eighty five thousand
dollars and the available cash was more than forty thousand dollars. He is thoroughly acquainted with the different
phases of banking and his wise direction of the interests of the institution insures its growth and prosperity.
On the 20th of October, 1908, Mr. Gunzenhauser was united in marriage to Miss Nina Lindsay, a daughter of Robert
and Laura Lindsay, the former a native of Canada and the latter of Canton, Ohio. Her father was a miller by trade,
operating flour mills. In 1889 he came to Buchanan county, where he purchased land on section 14, Homer township.
His attention was then given to general farming until 1904, when he retired from active connection with the work
of the fields and took up his abode in Rowley, where he was at the mad of the telephone business for eight years.
For the past three years he has been assisting his son in law in the bank. He has now reached the age of sixty
two, while his wife is living at the age of fifty seven.
Mr. and Mrs. Gunzenhauser have but one child, N. Elizabeth, four years of age. The parents occupy a pleasant home
in which the spirit of hospitality reigns supreme. Mr. Gunzenhauser has been prominently connected with many elements
of public moment, cooperating in all the plans and projects for the upbuilding and improvement of town and county.
Politically he is a democrat and at the present time he is serving as township clerk of Homer township, having
been continuously the incumbent in that position since January 1, 1.907. He belongs to Holman Lodge, No. 593, A.
F. & A. M., and to the Eastern Star chapter at Rowley, and he is a prominent and active worker in the Presbyterian
church, in which he is now serving as one of the elders: His has been a. well spent life actuated by high and honorable
principles, and he stands as an excellent example of upright manhood and citizenship.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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