EWALD M. WERNER.
A large portion of the citizens of Iowa are either of German birth or descent, and among those who were born in
the fatherland is numbered Ewald M. Werner. His birth occurred on the 9th of September, 1864, his parents being
Adam and Eva (Rank) Werner, also natives of that country. They never left their native land, the mother there passing
away in 1871. The father still survives, however, and is a weaver by trade. In their family were five children,
as follows: Christ, of Louisa country; David, still residing in Germany; Henrietta, who is married and also lives
in Germany; Louisa, the wife of George Dilchert, of Muscatine, Iowa; and Ewald M., of this review.
In the fatherland the latter spent the early years of his life, and was but seventeen years of age when, in 1881,
he came to the United States, determining to seek a new home and fortune in the new world. He at once made his
way to Iowa, settling in Louisa county, where he worked as a farm hand by the month for ten years. Desirous, however,
that his efforts should more directly benefit himself, he started out for himself at the end of that period, renting
a farm for about a year. He then purchased a small farm which he sold seven years later, at which time he invested
in the farm which he now owns and occupies, a tract of one hundred and ninety acres, located on section 35, in
Grand View township. He has since added to this purchase until his property today includes two hundred and thirty
acres of good land, of which about two hundred acres are under a very high state of cultivation. He engages in
general farming and stock raising and in all of his work he is progressive, employing the latest improved machinery
to facilitate the work of the fields, while his close study has given him thorough and accurate knowledge concerning
the best methods of raising stock. He makes a specialty of Chester White hogs and Hereford cattle, and has some
very fine animals on his place.
Mr. Werner was married, on the 4th of March, 1891, to Miss Vada Hunter, who was born in Port Louisa, May to, 1865.
Her parents, John and Matilda (Wagner) Hunter, were both born in Pennsylvania, from which state they removed to
Wisconsin at an early day. After residing in the latter state for a short time they came to Louisa county, Iowa,
in 1860, locating in Port Louisa. The father, a tailor by trade, was engaged in that occupation until his death,
which occurred in 1897. The mother survived him for two years, passing away in 1899. In their family were three
children, of whom Mrs, Werner is the youngest. The others are: Marcellus, of Wapello; and Lillie, who has taught
school for many years. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Werner have been born seven children, one of whom died in infancy, the
others being as follows: Carl D., born January 9, 1892, a high school graduate; Helen, born March 22, 1894, who
has received a good musical education; Wayne, born March 13, 1896; Ernst, born February 13, 1901; Fay, born January
t5, 1904; and Mabel, born March 23, 1908.
The family attend the Congregational church and are well known and prominent in the community in which they reside.
Mr. Werner gives his political support to the republican party, deeming the principles of that organization best
adapted to conserve public welfare. He has never held office, however, other than that of member of the school
board, preferring that his service as a citizen should be done in a private rather than public capacity. He has
concentrated his entire energies upon the conduct of his private business, and this close attention has been one
of the salient factors in his present prosperity. Throughout his career he has exemplified many of the sturdy traits
of character for which the people of the German race and lineage have ever been noted, to which he has added the
enterprising American spirit which has constituted the foundation of them country's commercial greatness.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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