Charles William Gunzenhauser, a representative and enterprising agriculturist of Iowa county, owns an excellent
farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Iowa township, which he has operated continuously since 1900.
His birth occurred in Iowa township, this county, on the 2d of August, 1873, his parents being Peter and Lizzie
(Renz) Gunzenhauser, the former now a resident of Williamsburg, Iowa, and the latter deceased. Peter Gunzenhauser,
a native of Germany, located first in Buffalo, New York, on coming to the United States but subsequently took up
his abode in Iowa county, Iowa, having here long been recognized as a substantial and esteemed citizen. To him
and his wife were born seven children, one of whom has passed away.
Charles W. Gunzenhauser attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and when not busy with his
textbooks assisted his father in the work of the home farm, thus early gaining knowledge of the best methods of
tilling the soil and caring for crops. In 1900 he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, beginning
the operation of a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Iowa township, where he has carried on farming
continuously and successfully since. He is a stockholder in the Hilton Lumber & Grain Company and the Iowa
Hilton Telephone Company and has won a place among the prosperous and respected citizens of his community.
On the 13th of February, 1899, Mr. Gunzenhauser was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Burgy, daughter of Henry
Burgy, of Marengo. They now have six children, namely: Roy, Clarence, Lewis, Edna, Lorene and Carl.
Mr. Gunzenhauser gives his political allegiance to the democracy and has ably served in the capacity of constable,
while for five years he has been a school director, holding the latter position at the present time. His religious
faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church. He has remained in Iowa county from his birth
to the present time and the circle of his friends and acquaintances is a wide one.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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