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Emil H. Pufahl


Emil H. Pufahl, who is engaged in dairy farming in Linton township on a property comprising one hundred and sixty acres, has taken his place among the substantial farmers of his district. He understand the dairy business thoroughly, having for many years been manager of various creameries, and as the years have passed has made his farm one of the most attractive and paying in the neighbor hood, his particular grade of brand of cattle being high-grade Guernsey's. He was born in Guttenberg, Clayton county, Iowa, December 21, 1871, and is a son of Gottlieb and Wilhelmina Pufahl, both natives of the province of Posen, Germany. The father was born April 2, 1831, and passes away May 9, 1913, having passed his eighty-second birthday, and the mother is still residing at Guttenberg. They crossed the Atlantic in 1871, coming directly to Guttenberg, where the father worked for others in a sawmill and continued in that occupation until he retired in 1898. From that time until his death he lived in the enjoyment of a comfortable competency, which his former labors had brought him. While yet in Germany he served with the army and after delighted to recall incidents from his early military life. Mr. and Mrs. Pufahl had eleven children, of whom six are living and seven grew to maturity: Gustav, who resides in Luana, Clayton county, and follows farming; Bertha, who married Fred Williams and resides at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where her husband is engaged in the hotel business; Julius, who made his home near Guttenberg until his death on November 7, 1910; Herman, who resides at Bolivar, Missouri, where he is a prominent attorney; Emil H., of this review; Otto, who is an art decorator at Butte, Montana; and Hulda, the wife of Orrin Burke, of Los Angeles, California. The four others died in infancy.

Emil H. Pufahl received his education advantages in Guttenberg, where he attended high school. He left that institution at the age of seventeen and then for one year worked in Chicago, Illinois, where he operated a milk route. Coming back to Clayton county, he was employed on a farm for a short time and then became manager and secretary of the Luana Creamery Company, continuing so for six years. At the end of that time he set himself up independently, conducting a creamery at Nora Springs, Iowa, for four years. Upon selling his plant he bought his present farm comprising one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land, which he operates as a dairy farm, keeping a number of high grade Guernsey cattle. His barns and buildings are substantially built and modernity equipped and in every way sanitary. Mr. Pufahl is a progressive farmer in the best sense of the word and is ever ready to embrace new methods if they promise improvement over older ones. He has made his property one of the most valuable and profitable in his section, and this is the more creditable to him as it has been brought about by his own labors alone. Mr. Pufahl is a stockholder in the Farmers Creamery Company at Monona, an organization formed with the object of affording the farmer an opportunity to dispose of his products in the best possible way.

The date of the marriage of Mr. Pufahl was May 30, 1900, when he wedded Miss Carrie Biggs, the ceremony taking place at McGregor, Iowa. She is a daughter of David and Elizabeth (Fitch) Biggs, the former born in Holmes county, Ohio, November 4, 1831, and the latter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1840. In 1853 the father came to Iowa, settling in Volney, where for a number of years he engaged in saw milling, He conducted an enterprise of this kind in partnership with his sons with excellent results until 1860, when he went to the Rocky mountains, spending two months in the vicinity of Pike’s Peak. Upon his return to Iowa he purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Linton Township, which he continued to cultivate until 1908, becoming a prosperous farmer in this neighborhood. In that year he retired and now he and his wife reside in Rossville. David Biggs comes of an old American family which has been in this country since Revolutionary times, his grandfather having come to the colonies as a soldier in the English army. After his arrival here, however, he and his brother joined General Washington and they gave their service to the Continental cause. Mr. and Mrs. Pufahl have three children: John Kenneth, born October 17, 1903; Paul Wesley, May 16, 1911; and Florence Eugenia, August 19, 1912.

Mr. Pufahl was born in a Lutheran family and reared in that faith, although he is not now a member of church. Politically he is a republican, giving his allegiance to the progressive movement in that party. He serves at the present time as clerk of Linton township. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, holding membership in the Nora Springs camp. Careful of his own interests, Mr. Pufahl is always considerate of those of others and ever views his actions from the point of their effect upon the general prosperity. He has done much toward raising agricultural standards in Allamakee county and is therefore a forceful factor in community life.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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