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Harold and Rachel Brownson Hoth


Posted By: Patricia Morehouse
Date: 3/11/2007 at 16:07:39

Clayton County History 1984

Harold and Rachel Brownson Hoth

Harold John Hoth son of Edwin and Viola Schloetzer Hoth, was born April 20, 1925, on the family farm, Boardman Twp., Elementary education was received at a rural school. Baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, he later worked on various farms as a farm assistant. Has lived his entire life in this county.

August 28, 1945, he was married to Rachel Mathilda Brownson (please refer to Lloyd and Mathilde Brownson story) at St. Paul's Lutheran, Monona, since Rachel's home chuch, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, burned down March 1945. They hae made their home on the Brownson's farm the past 39 years. Purchased this 280 acre Century Farm, which had been homestead in 1849, from Rachel's parents January 1958. Located in Section 22, Farmersburg Twp., The earlier years of farming consisted of crop rotation and livestock.

Harold and Rachel are members of St. Peter's Lutheran, Garnavillo, where each of there three children were baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith as taught by the Lutheran Church. The children attended Garnavillo Schools.

Douglas Harold born June 8, 1947, graduated from high school May 1965, participated in various church school and sports activities, member of the Giard Furture Farmers 4-H Club. Showed either beef or hogs at the county fair. Attended Kirkwood College. Drafted into U.S. Army Served 1969-1971. Received rank of Spec/4. Basic training at Fort Polk, Louisana. Overseas duty, Seoul, South Korea. Currently cross country semi-truck driver. Address unknown.

Steven Craig born October 12, 1948, and graduated from high school May 1966. Active in church, school, sports and 4-H. Showed beef at he county fair. Drafted into U. S. Army. Served from 1970-1972. Received rank Spec/4; basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Overseas duty, Fairbanks, Alaska. Graduated from Wartburg College 1974. Employed at Law Enforcement Center, Dubuque. Married, one son Daniel Allen.

Susan Cheryl born June 6, 1952. High school graduation May 1970. Participated in various school and church activites. Member of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. Attended Waldorf College 1970-1972. Graduated from Wartburg College 1974. Employed at Northern Engraving, Waukon.

In the early 60's Rachel renewed her elementary teaching certificate at Upper Iowa, taught at Farmerburg 1964-1967. Teacher's aid at Garnavillo 1968-1969, from 1969-1977 taught grade five at Farmersburg. She dearly loved to work with children, by helping others, she found much joy and satisfaction in her work, retired.

Corn, planted on the contour, is the only crop currently grown. Harold and Rachel both do field work with very little hired help. Harold is a member of the Farm Bureau, several co-ops, a director of the Nation Cemetery Association and a volunteer worker at the Clayton County Fair.

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