Biography of A. F. Radnich
Decatur County, IA Biographies





A. F. Radnich is the popular and efficient assistant cashier of the Farmers Bank of Davis City. He was born here on the 14th of October, 1878, a son of Stephen and Sarah (Boldman) Radnich. The father was born in Hungary on the 20th of September, 1828, and the birth of the mother occurred in Pike county, Ohio, on the 17th of May, 1845. In 1848 Mr. Radnich served in the war in Hungary and was taken prisoner, being held for some time. Eventually he and several others escaped and made their way to America. He landed in this country March 7, 1850, when about twenty two years old, and located in New York, where he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for some time in the east. Later he went to New Orleans and worked at carpentering there until he removed to Garden Grove, Decatur county, Iowa. He engaged in business as a contractor for several years, but subsequently turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, buying land near Davis City. He added to his holdings until he became the owner of six hundred and sixty six acres, which he operated until his demise. For ten or twelve years previous to his death he was the president of the Farmers Bank of Davis City and since he was called to his reward there has been no president of that institution. At the time of the Civil war he gave indubitable proof of his allegiance to his adopted country by serving with the Home Guards. He was president of the school board for fifteen years and took an active interest in everything relating to the welfare of his community. He resided in Decatur county for many years, as he arrived here previous to the Civil war and continued to make his home here until his death on the 13th of September, 1912. He lacked but seven days of being eighty four years of age and his life was not only one of length of years but also of worthy accomplishment and public spirited service. His widow survives at the age of seventy years and resides in Davis City.

A. F. Radnich was reared in Davis City and attended the public schools in the acquirement of his education. He remained upon the home farm until he was of age and then for four years followed agricultural pursuits independently. At the end of that time he removed to Davis City and accepted the position of assistant cashier in the Farmers Bank He has since held that office and has demonstrated his ability to discharge efficiently the duties that devolve upon him. He owns some stock in the institution, of which he is also a director.

On the 13th of November, 1901, Mr. Radnich married Miss Gertrude Craig, a daughter of Thurman and Ella (Parmley) Craig, natives respectively of Decatur county, Iowa, and of Michigan. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Radnich was one of the earliest settlers in this part of Iowa and her father was for many years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Decatur county. He and his wife are now living retired in Davis City. Mr. and Mrs. Radnich are the parents of two children: Francis A., eleven years of age; and Paul D., seven years old.

Mr. Radnich casts his ballot in support of the candidates and policies of the republican party, which he deems the party of reform and progress, and he has served ably as a member of the city council. Much of the principles that guide his conduct may be gathered from the fact that he belongs to the Masonic order. He has earned a place among the able and discreet financiers of Decatur county and has the respect of all who have had dealings with him.

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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