Biography of George Von Gentskow
Winona County, MN Biographies

GEORGE VON GENTSKOW was born in Oldenburg, Germany. in 1826, of noble parentage. He was educated in some of the best schools in Germany. He was of very progressive ideas, and early in life incurred the hostility of the authorities and was forced, from political motives, to emigrate to America. He landed at New York in 1854, when, after a short residence with his brother-in-law, Carl Schultz, at Williamsburg, New York, he came west and settled on the banks of the Mississippi, at a place which is now known as the village of Buffalo City, on the Wisconsin shore, where he went into business as a general merchant. Some five or six years later he moved to Minneiska village, engaging in various occupations until the winter of 1868, when he went into the butchering business, which he has carried on very successfully ever since. His son Julius is now associated with him. He is also proprietor of and carries on a large saloon in the village. Mr. Von Gentskow enjoys. the respect and esteem of the citizens of Mt. Vernon and Monneiska, particularly of the Germans, as he is recognized as the scion of a good old family, and liked accordingly. He was married in Germany to Sophia Schultz and has had eight children.


FROM:
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.

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