Biography of Henry W. Burgy
Iowa County, IA Biographies





Henry W. Burgy, who is engaged in stock raising on section 7, Iowa township, is one of the progressive men of his locality. He was born on the 1st of September, 1874, in Clinton, Iowa, a son of Henry and Margaret Burgy, who for the last decade have resided in Marengo. The father was born in Switzerland but when four years of age was brought by his parents to this country, the family locating in New York state. Subsequently Henry Burgy, Sr., came to Iowa county as a member of the Amana Society and for many years worked at the carpenter's trade. For some time he was employed by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad but the latter part of his life was devoted to farming and he became the owner of two hundred and seventy seven acres of land.

Henry W. Burgy received a good public school education and later took a commercial course in the Highland Park College of Des Moines. He was also a student at the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts at Ames, taking a short course there. For a number of years he fanned in connection with his brother but two years ago he began farming independently. He owns one hundred and sixty acres on section 7, Iowa township, and gives much attention to the raising of Hereford cattle, having at present a herd of eighty five high grade animals. He also makes a business of raising seed corn and finds no trouble in disposing of the seed as it is well known that he understands the precautions that it is necessary to take to secure dependable seed. In addition to his property in this county he owns in connection with his brother seven hundred acres of land in Saskatchewan, Canada.

On the 12th of October, 1914, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Burgy and Miss Jennie Leichenring, a daughter of Oswald Leichenring, a member of the Amana Society, Mr. Burgy is a democrat and has served as road supervisor and as school director, proving an efficient official. His religious faith is that of the German Reformed Lutheran church, in the work of which he manifests a commendable spirit. He owns stock in the Hilton Grain & Lumber Company of Conroy and is interested financially in the Conroy Savings Bank, the Iowa Mutual Telephone Company and the Conroy Improvement & Building Association, of which he is a director. He is thoroughly up to date and believes in advancement and development along all lines. Two years ago he erected a residence which is not only large and attractive in appearance but is also provided with all of the modern conveniences and improvements. He has done much to increase the interest in this county in scientific methods of farming and his agricultural methods might be profitably emulated.

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


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