Biography of Edward F. Fetzer
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Edward F. Fetzer, a farmer residing on section 3, Pilot townships, was born in that township on the 22d of November, 1866, a son of Michael and Catherine (Dengler) Fetzer, both of whom were natives of Germany but emigrated to this country as a young man and young woman. The father arrived in the United States two years before the mother and made his way to Chicago. He worked as a farm hand in the vicinity of that city for a short time and then went to Ottawa, Illinois, where he was employed at farm work. Some time later he spent several months in the lumber woods of Wisconsin but returned to Ottawa, Illinois, where his marriage occurred. He purchased forty acres of land near that town and resided there until 1856, when he removed to Iowa with his young bride. Their household effects and his agricultural implements were transported across the country in a large wagon and on their journey they passed much land that was still unsettled. They took up their residence on a farm in Hartford township, Iowa county, but later removed to a four hundred acre farm in Sumner township which the father purchased. Subsequently he traded that place for a grist mill in Genoa Bluff, which was operated by wind power. At one time there was no wind for several days and the mill was thus idle, which resulted in the grist accumulating. Sunday morning, however, the wind freshened and Mr. Fetzer started grinding the grist and so continued, although some of his orthodox brethren threatened him with arrest for working on the Sabbath. He made the plea that he was a Seventh Day Adventist. At length he disposed of the mill and bought eighty acres of land in Pilot township, upon which his son John S. now resides. About 1888 the father removed to Lincoln township, where his death occurred on the 15th of February, 1898, when he was in his eighty first year, as his birth occurred on the 17th of February, 1817. He was one of the wealthy men of this county and at one time owned fourteen hundred and sixty five acres of land in Hartford, Lincoln and Pilot townships. His wife died on the 7th of August, 19o9, when seventy seven years of age.

Edward F. Fetzer received his education in the district schools and as a boy assisted his father, thus forming industrious habits. Following his marriage he began operating as a renter the farm which he now owns but which was then in the possession of his father. Some time later he became the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of the farm and has since added a forty acre tract, his holdings now comprising two hundred acres. He is a successful farmer and stock raiser and derives more than a competence from his labor.

Mr. Fetzer was married on the 27th of February, 1888, to Miss Margaret Springer, a daughter of Jonathan Springer, of Pilot township, who removed to Iowa from Illinois in an early day in the history of this state. Mr. and Mrs. Fetzer have become the parents of seven children, namely : Sadie V., the wife of Walter Colter, of Nodaway county, Missouri; Eva K., the wife of John M. Gahring, of Sumner township; Walter J., at home, who is assessor of Pilot township; Floyd E., at home; Harold G. and Garold G., twins; and Mervin E.

Mr. Fetzer is a republican and is stalwart in his support of that party. Both he and his wife are identified with the Congregational church, whose work profits by their cooperation. He is public spirited and can always be depended upon to further any movement that is calculated to advance the interests of his community.

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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