J. F. Gangwish, who carries on general farming in Juniata township, was born in Baden, Germany, on the 31st
of May, 1855, his parents being J. F. and Mary (Barth) Gangwish, who were also natives of the fatherland, where
they spent their entire lives, Mr. Gangwish devoting his attention to general farming. In the family were five
children, namely: J. F., of this review; Victor E., a resident of Adams county, Nebraska; Karl, who is deceased;
Bernhardt, living in New York city; and Mary, who is still in Germany.
J. F. Gangwish obtained his education in the common schools of Germany, where he also attended high school. He
came to the United States in 1871, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in that section of the counts worked
in the coal mines and also engaged in railroad work. There he remained until 1879, when he came to Nebraska, casting
in his lot with the pioneer settlers of Adams county. He took up his abode on section 27, township 7, range 11,
and undertook the task of converting the wild land into productive fields. As the years went on his labors were
attended with good results and his farm became a valuable property. He added many fine modern improvements, erected
an attractive residence, a substantial barn, and also a silo and has built a fine elevator thirty by forty feet
with twentyone foot studding. He now owns three hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land and his farm
is one of the most thoroughly modern in its equipment and accessories. He has given much attention to the raising
of high grade stock, which has constituted an important feature of his business. He is also a director of the Farmers
Elevator Company of Juniata, with which he has been officially connected for twelve years.
In 1885 Mr. Gangwish was united in marriage to Miss Rosalia Mecham and to them have been born thirteen children,
as follows: Elmer, who lives a mile north of his father's farm; Harrison, who lives two miles south of the home
place; Carl and Earl, twins, the latter living a mile southwest of Juniata; Bertha, who gave her hand in marriage
to C. W. Leopold; Albert, Rebecca and Ralph, who are still under the parental roof; Letha and Retha, twins, also
at home; Meton, at home; Afton, who is deceased; and Fern.
In his political views Mr. Gangwish is now a democrat but formerly gave his allegiance to the republican party.
He has served as justice of the peace and as road boss and is always interested in plans and measures for the public
good. He was reared in the faith of the Catholic church and fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen
and with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to
the new world, for in this country he found the opportunities which he sought and in their improvement has advanced
steadily, becoming one of the substantial and prosperous farmers of the district in which he lives. Wherever known
he is held in high esteem and most of all where he is best known.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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