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Charles Goetzmann


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 02:20:17

Charles Goetzmann, Five years have passed since Charles Goetzmann was called to his final rest, but in this periold his memory has been enshrined it he hearts of his friends. He was known as a reliable citizen as one ever trustworthy in business and true to all the relations of social life. He won success as the years passed, thus providing comfortably for his wife and children. His record was indeed in many respects worthy of emulation and all who knew him entertained for him the high regard which in ever land and in every clime is given to sterling worth.
Mr Goetzmann was born in Alsace, Loraine, France, now a part of Germany on July 21, 1833, and was a son of Barnhardt and Mary E Goetzmann. The father was a saddler by trade and after coming to America in 1839 followed farming. He took up his abode near Zanesville, Ohio and there remained until about 1854, when he came to Boone county, Iowa, here spending his remaining days. Unto him and his wife were born eight children: Henry, Charles, Caroline, Mary, Magdalene, George, Dorothy and Catherine.
Mr Goetzmann of this review was a little lad of six summers when brought by his parents to the new world. In the city of Zanesville, Ohio he was reared, pursuing his education in the public schools and also receiving a business training there. After putting aside his text books he learned the harness makerís trade which he followed throughout his entire life. In 1855 he came to Boonesboro, Iowa, and engaged in the manufacture of all kinds of harness. He also conducted stores in which de disposed of his harness and saddlery and in his mercantile and manufacturing efforts he prospered. In 1878 he removed to Boone and was identified with the business interests of the county seat until his death, which occurred on January 16, 1897. He was also a very successful farmer, owning and operation at one time three valuable farms, but afterwards he sold one of these. His business interests were capably conducted, his enterprise, unremitting diligence and keep business discernment enabling him to carry on his work in the manner that brought to him an excellent return for his labors. He was one of the originators of the Boone County Bank and at the time of his death was its vice-president.
On September 29, 1858, Mr Goetzmann was united in marriage with Miss Perthina K McCall the daughter of Zachariah S And Eliza E (Hodge) McCall. She was born in eastern Tennessee, September 30, 1840, and is of Scotch descent, although the family has been established in America through many generations. Her grandfather was a soldier of the Revolutionary war. Her grandmother bore the maiden name of Katherine Shields and her great grandmotherís name was Harrison. That family was also represented in the American army during the war of the Revolution. The father of Mrs Goetzmann was a farmer by occupation and was born in eastern Tennessee. He there married Eliza E Hodge. They had seven children: Bertha E, Perthina K , Annette, the deceased wife of Dr Grimmell, Helen the wife of George Goetz Mann a resident of Boone county, William B who is living in this county, John Montgomery, deceased, Jennie, the deceased wife of Dennis Lucy and Charles J who is living in Boone county.
The home of Mr and Mrs Goetzmann was blessed with ten children: Wallace H, who is conducting the Denver Storage House of Denver, Colorado, and is also interested in gold mining in that part of the country, May L the wife of Clarence E Rice who is living in Boone, Florence the wife of J J Anderson of Chicago, Illinois, Albert L who resides in Winona, Minnesota, where he is assistant superintendent of the Northwestern Railroad, Charlotte, who is a librarian, Katherine who is living with her mother, Texa L a kindergartner, and Beatrice B who is now a student in the Northwestern University, of Evanston, Illinois. Those who have passed away are: Daisy who died March 24, 1884 at the age of four years, and William who died n 1865 at the age of two months.
In his political views Mr Goetzmann was a stalwart Democrat and his fellow townsmen, recognized his worth and ability, frequently called him to public office. For many years he was identified with the school board and did everything in his power to advance the cause of education. Socially he was a Mason. He joined the Mount Olive Lodge, A F & A M in 1859. He attained the thirty-second degree and was a Knight Templar and a member of the Mystic Shrine. IN religious faith he was connected with the German Lutheran church. Mr Goetzmann was very prominent and popular in Masonic circles. He as a man who won friends wherever he went. He enjoyed in a high measure the regard and esteem of those with whom he associated and throughout Boone county he gained many friends who deeply deplored his loss when he was called to his final rest. His life was honorable and upright and throughout his busy and useful career he was enterprising and energetic, so conducting his affairs as to win creditable success.

1902 Boone County History Book


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