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Joseph E Reutter


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/8/2010 at 18:18:06

Joseph E Reuter has long been actively and successfully identified with agricultural interests of Boone county, owning and operating a well improved farm comprising 160 acres on section 27, Grant township. He is likewise a factor in financial circles as president of the farmers State Bank of Boxholm. His birth occurred Henry county, Illinois, in February 1870, his parents being Jacob and Hannah (Metzger) Reutter, natives of Wurtemberg, Germany. IN 1866 they crossed the Atlantic to the United States and took up their abode in Henry county, Illinois, where the father followed farming for five years. On the expiration of that period he came to Boone county, Iowa, purchasing and improving a tract of land in Grant township and continuing its cultivation for a number of years. Eventually he put aside the active work of the fields, having acquired a comfortable competence that obviated the necessity of further toil. He made several trips to Germany and spent the winter seasons in California. His demise occurred in September 1910, while his wife was called to her final rest in April 1905.
Joseph E Reutter was reared and educated Grant township, this county, continuing under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. Subsequently he cultivated rented land for about six years and at the end of that time bought a tract of 160 acres on section 27, Grant township, which he at once began improving and which he has operated continuously since with the exception of three years spent as cashier of the Farmers Bank. His property is now under a high state of cultivation, returning bounteous harvests as a result of the care and labor bestowed upon it. Mr Reutter also occupies a prominent position in financial circles as president of the Farmers State Bank of Boxholm and is likewise a stockholder and director of the Farmers Elevator Company of that town.
In November 1898, Mr Reutter was united in marriage to Miss Minerva Muench, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Bubb) Muench, who were natives of Pennsylvania. The father was a mason by trade and at an early day made his way to Illinois, where he remained until 1881, when he removed with his family to Boone county, Iowa, purchasing land in Grant township which he carefully tilled and developed for many years, winning success in his undertaking. He then retired from active business life and removed to Pilot Mound, where He made his home until his death, which occurred on December 23, 1907. His widow still survives and is yet living at Pilot Mound. Unto Mr and Mrs Reutter have been born four children, namely: Ralph, Clarence, Elliott, and Mabel.
In his political views Mr Reutter is a progressive, staunchly advocating the principles set forth by Theodore Roosevelt at the time of the birth of the new party. He is at present serving in the capacity of township clerk and has ably discharged the duties devolving upon him in that connection for sixteen years. His religious faith is that of the Evangelical Association. Having reside in Boone county throughout practically his entire life, he is well and favorably known here and his record is such as commends him to the respect and good will of al with whom he is associated.

1914 Boone County History Book


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