Biography of John Wonder
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOHN WONDER, florist, was born in Holstein, Germany, in 1832. Bred a florist in his native country, he came to America with his parents at twenty years of age, settling with his parents on a farm in Scott county. Iowa. Came to Winona August 25, 1855, and after two years in the employ of the land office, established a. market garden on the southern Slope of Sugar Loaf Bluff, which he conducted in person until 1867, and an interest in which he still rethins, though the active management is in the hands of his brother-in-law, C. F. Rohweter. In 1866 Mr. Wonder purchased three and one half lots on Kansas street and commenced business as a florist. His greenhouses and hotbeds have been enlarged from year to year until he has now three thousand and five hundred square feet under glass, and over three thousand square feet of hotbeds. Mr. Wonder has just completed his arrangements for heating the greenhouses with hot-water pipes, and has already in place seven hundred feet of four inch pipe, his boilers having an additional capacity of three hundred feet. He is married and a member of Oak Grove Lodge, No. 15, A. O. D.


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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