John A. Pelzer, who owns and operates three hundred acres of fine land in Washington township, is a native of
Marengo. His natal day was the 27th of November, 1870, and his parents were Anthony and Margaret (Bayer) Pelzer,
both natives of Bohemia, Austria, where they were reared and married. After emigrating to the United States they
resided for a year in Iowa City, Iowa, and then came to Marengo but not long afterward took up their residence
upon a farm in this county. The father worked diligently in improving his property and became a prosperous farmer
and landowner. He passed away on the 2d of February, 1906, but is survived by his widow, who is now seventy three
years of age and is highly esteemed in the community.
John A. Pelzer received his education in the local schools and upon starting on his independent business career
continued in the occupation to which he had been reared, devoting his time to farming. He now owns three hundred
acres of excellent bottom land on section 14, Washington township, and his work is rewarded by abundant crops,
from the sale of which he derives a good income. He also raises considerable stock each year.
Mr. Pelzer was married on the 26th of September, 1905, to Miss Margaret Sullivan, a daughter of. John and Margaret
(Lynch) Sullivan, who are natives of Ireland, as is their daughter, Mrs. Pelzer. Her birth occurred in Bantry,
County Cork, but when she was still a child she accompanied her father and mother on their emigration to the United
States. The family settled in Marengo and there the parents still reside. To Mr. and Mrs. Pelzer have been born
two children: John Eugene, whose birth occurred on the 7th of September, 1906; and Carl Anthony, born January 21,
Mr. Pelzer is a democrat in his political belief and has served acceptably as school director. His religious faith
is that of the Catholic church and he is faithful to its teachings. He is recognized as a progressive and successful
farmer and also as a good citizen.
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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