Otto Griewatz, one of the efficient and prosperous farmers of Washington township, is a representative of the
splendid citizens and successful men whom Germany has given to the United States. He was born on the 23d of July,
1877, in Germany, a son of Paul Griewatz, who passed away when our subject was but five years of age. There were
six children in the family, four boys and two girls. The mother survives and still resides in the fatherland.
When seventeen years of age Otto Griewatz crossed the Atlantic to the new world and made his way to Williamsburg,
Iowa, where a brother was located. He was not afraid of hard work, was thrifty and systematic in all that he did
and as the years passed his resources increased. He now owns a fine farm of two hundred and thirty three acres
on section 5, Washington township, and derives a good annual income from his land. He has gained financial independence
and as he manages his affairs well and is alert and aggressive his continued success is assured.
On the 21st of February, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Griewatz and Miss Ella Doerzman, a daughter of Michael
Doerzman, deceased, who resided in Washington township. There were five children in the family. Mr. and Mrs. Griewatz
have three children: Elva, whose birth occurred on the 9th of February, 1906; Erma, born January 2, 1909; and Lorene,
whose birth occurred on the 14th of September, 1914.
Mr. Griewatz is a democrat and is stalwart in his support of the principles and candidates of that party. His religious
faith is that of the German Lutheran church and he is an active member of the local congregation. He began his
independent career with no capital but with the determination to succeed and a belief that persistent, well planned
work would lead to success and his faith has been more than justified, for he is today one of the substantial and
respected residents of his township. He not only holds the good will of all who have had dealings with him but
has gained the warm friendship of many.
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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