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Martin Janisch


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/15/2011 at 10:18:28

MARTIN JANISCH, prior to his decease, November 16, 1893, was one of the most extensive land-owners and one of the wealthiest citizens of Grundy County. His high standing was reached entirely through his own perseverance, as during his childhood he experienced many disadvantages, and for years struggled against seemingly adverse fate. Notwithstanding discouragements, he pushed ahead, and the result proved the wisdom of his course.

Our subject was born in Germany May 7, 1831. His father dying when he was quite young, he remained with his mother until her second marriage, when he went to live with his sister, Mrs. Ukrow. He was given a splendid education, and in 1866 crossed the Atlantic and made a permanent location in the United States. His brothers and sister were Carl, Sophia and John.

After coming to the New World, Mr. Janisch made his way directly to this state, and settled upon three hundred and twenty acres of uncultivated land, which forms a part of the old homestead. A year later he was married to Miss Mary, daughter of John and Catherine (Miller) Schuler. Mrs. Janisch was a native of Illinois, having been born in Stephenson County, August 25, 1848, and was seven years of age when she accompanied her parents on their removal to Black Hawk County, this state. She was given a fair education in the common schools, and was the third in order of birth in a family of seven children. Her brothers and sisters bear the respective names of George, Joseph, Caroline, Tillman, Edward and Anna.

Mrs. Schuler, the mother of Mrs. Janisch, was born, reared and educated in Germany, and after emigrating to the United States, worked out by the week in Pennsylvania until her marriage. She was a working member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died when sixty-seven years of age. John Schuler, the father of Mrs. Janisch, also hailed from Germany, and after coming to the New World, which he did when a young man of twenty-two years, worked out for some time by the day and month. After his marriage he purchased ten acres of land in Stephenson County, Ill., and later, after his removal to Black Hawk County, this state, bought an eighty-acre tract, on which he was residing at the time of his decease. He was a man who took a great interest in all matters of local importance, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he was a Republican, and died when seventy-eight years of age.

Mr. Janisch of this sketch was very successful in his calling as an agriculturist. He placed his estate under good improvements, and from his highly productive fields reaped rich harvests in compensation for the toils and care expended. He and his noble wife worked hard, and their united efforts were greatly prospered, as is shown by the fact that at his decease Mr. Janisch owned nine hundred and twenty acres of land, five hundred and sixty of which are comprised in the home farm, and the balance is located in Butler County, this state. The property, which is valued at over $100,000, was left to Mrs. Janisch, and, as might be expected, is one of the finest in Grundy County, if not in the state of Iowa. Our subject was always keenly alive to the interests of the township and county, and was an important factor in promoting them. In politics he was a stanch Democrat, and was an influential member of the Lutheran Church.

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