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John V. Katzenberger


Posted By: Sheryl McClure (email)
Date: 4/4/2023 at 23:13:10

JOHN V. KATZENBERGER was born in Germany in 1813. He enjoyed the advantages of the public schools of that country, where compulsory education is in force. His father was a carpenter, and John V. learned the same trade, at which he worked, until, in 1837, desiring to see the new world, he sailed from Bremen to New York, and went to Ohio, where he was married, in 1840, to Miss Betsey Adair. He remained in Ohio until 1847, farming, and in that year came to Iowa County, in this State, by team, crossing the Mississippi River at Muscatine, being on the road twenty-one days, and arriving at his destination November 6, 1847, with seventy-five cents in his pocket. Mr. Katzenberger spent five years in Mahaska County, also two years in Henry County, and in the spring of 1854, settled on Section 11, in Pleasant Township, where he now resides. Mr. Katzenberger served on the first grand jury in Union County, at the County Court held at Petersville; and when the war broke out, he enlisted, with his son David, in the 29th Iowa, but was sick most of the time in which he was absent, having, also, the misfortune to lose his son in April, 1863. He has nine living children, among whom are the wives of W. and J. Gripp.

Illustrated Centennial Sketches, Map and Directory, Union County, Iowa
Published by C. J. Colby, Creston, Iowa 1876


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