Fred L. Unterkircher
Posted By: Deb (email)
Date: 8/17/2015 at 09:55:31
From Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa (1905), pages 307-308:
After his father’s death, F.L. Unterkircher and his brother, George L., established their present business as liverymen and funeral directors, F.L. having charge of the undertaking business. No finer nor more complete establishment of the kind can be found in the State. Their building of three stories and basement contains a fine chapel with accommodations for two hundred people. Mr. Unterkircher is a graduate and registered embalmer, his certificate being the tenth issued in Iowa under the present law requiring examinations before the State Board of Health.
F.L. Unterkircher is a director of the Business Commercial Exchange and the Citizens’ Bridge Company. He is also president of the General Agency Company, an adjunct of the German-American Equation Premium Life Association, of which he is second vice-president and a director and stockholder. His business sagacity and enterprise have been manifest in the able handling of involved and important business conditions, and his methods, capable of bearing the closest investigation, have made him successful and prosperous.
In his political views he is a stalwart Democrat, a leader in the local ranks of the party, and has served as a delegate to the state conventions, where his opinions carried weight in the councils of the party. He served as County Coroner, being elected on the Democratic ticket, without soliciting a vote.
On October 21, 1879, Mr. Unterkircher was married in Burlington to Amelia Meyer, who was born in Franklin, Iowa, the daughter of Dr. William Meyer, an army physician who died in the Civil War, and Eva M. Loewer, who died at the Unterkircher home in 1883. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Unterkircher are Charles G. Meyer of Tiffin, Ohio; Philip Meyer of Stockton, California; and Mrs. Lucinda Kauffman of St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. Unterkircher have two children, Alma and Delia. The former is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph’s College at Dubuque. She does most artistic pen and crayon work, and is also proficient on the piano. Mr. Unterkircher is prominent in business, social, and political circles, an enterprising business man, alert and progressive, whose efforts have touched the general interests of society and promoted the public good.
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