Biography of Gottfried Furler
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Gottfried Furler, who is a representative of agricultural interests in Iowa county, operating a farm on section 23, Hilton township, was born in Switzerland on the 18th of January, 1868, a son of Urssus and Ann Mary (Gremper) Furler, both of whom passed their entire lives in their native country.

Gottfried Furier was reared at home and remained under the parental roof until he was in his twentieth year. His education was acquired in the public schools of his native land and he was well grounded in the fundamental branches of learning. In February, 1888, he emigrated to America and made his way to Homestead, Iowa county, Iowa, where he arrived on the 23d of that month. Upon leaving Switzerland the farmers were plowing and the weather was warm and springlike, but upon his arrival in this county some time later he found the land covered with ice and snow and the weather so cold that he froze his fingers while walking from the depot to the hotel. He found work upon the farm belonging to Angus McLennan, a resident of Hilton township, and received one hundred and fifty dollars for a year's work. At the end of that time he and a cousin, who had preceded him to this country and had first located in New York but later came to Iowa county, rented a farm of two hundred acres in Hilton township and began farming for themselves, paying three dollars and a quarter rent per acre in advance. During the first year times were hard and they after hauling their oats to market received only sixteen cents per bushel, while corn sold from eighteen to twenty cents per bushel, and hogs brought three dollars and twenty cents per hundred pounds. Things were not much better the second year and our subject was compelled to send to Switzerland for more money, but he and his cousin had faith in their ultimate success and continued to operate the farm for five years. At the end of that time Mr. Furler drew out the money that he had invested in the undertaking. There was some four hundred and fifty dollars to divide and also considerable farm machinery and quite a few head of stock. Not long thereafter Mr. Furler purchased two hundred and thirty acres of land in Troy township, paying fifty two dollars per acre, but after residing upon that place for six years he sold it in the fall of 1894 and purchased his present farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Hilton township. Since that time he has prospered beyond his expectations and is now one of the well to do men of the county.

In 1894 Mr. Furler was married to Mrs. Anna K. Gunzenhauser, who was in her maidenhood Miss Anna K Burgin. Her maternal grandfather, Herman Lange, emigrated to the United States from Oldenburg, Germany, in 1854 and located in Iowa county, Iowa, upon the present site of South Amana. Her father, Henry Burgin, became a resident of this county in 1866, having emigrated from Switzerland. He was a baker and for some years followed that trade, but after his marriage located upon a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Furler have four children, Henry, Gottfried, Martha and Anna, all at home.

Mr. Furler is a stanch adherent of the republican party and for six years served as a member of the board of township trustees. He and his family hold membership in the German Lutheran church at Conroy and he has been an elder therein since the organization of the congregation. He has gained gratifying material success, which is the natural result of his perseverance, energy and wise management of his affairs, and he is justly accounted one of the leading and progressive agriculturists of the county.

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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