John S. Fetzer, a native of Iowa county, is farming on section 9, Pilot township, and is meeting with a gratifying
measure of success in his chosen occupation. He was born in Sumner township on the 18th of November, 1858, a son
of Michael Fetzer, a pioneer resident of that township, more extended mention of whom is made in the sketch of
Edward F. Fetzer, a brother of our subject.
John S. Fetzer remained at home during the period of his boyhood and youth and when his services were not needed
upon the home farm he attended the district schools. By the time that he attained his majority he was thoroughly
familiar with all phases of farm work and following his marriage he began operating on his own account the farm
where he still resides. At that time it belonged to his father but at the demise of the latter it came into the
possession of our subject. He has added to that tract, which comprises eighty acres, and now owns three hundred
acres in his home farm and one hundred and sixty acres in Sumner township. He follows the best methods of agriculture,
and as he is forehanded and energetic his land yields him a handsome income yearly.
Mr. Fetzer was married on the 7th of May, 1883, to Miss Mary A. Fetzer, of La Salle county, Illinois. They have
become the parents of seven children, of whom five survive: John E., at home; Rosa A., the wife of Clarence Hutchinson,
of Guthrie county, Iowa; Verlie E., who married Edward Schafbuch, of Chicago, Illinois; Elizabeth M. H., the wife
of Bruno Staelens, of Sumner township, this county; and Frank G, at home.
Mr. Fetzer is a democrat and for the past eight years has been a member of the board of township trustees. For
about twenty years he was on the school board and during that time did much to promote the advancement of the public
school system. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Savings Bank of Ladora, in the Ladora Lumber & Grain Company
and in the Genoa Bluff Creamery Company. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Roman Catholic church. He
is one of the substantial men of his county and all who have had dealings with him respect his business ability
and his integrity, while his attractive personality has won him many warm friends.
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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