H. C. Grotewohl, cabinet-maker,
and one of the enterprising business men of Clayton
County, was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 27th day of
April, 1828; son of Christian and Sophia Grotewohl,
natives of the same place. The subject of this memoir
received his reducation in his native country, and when
fourteen years of age learned the trade of a cabinet-
maker. In 1852 he left his home in Germany and came to
the United States landing in New York, where he remained
a short time, then went to Philadelphia, Pa., where he
remained one and a half years working a his trade; thence
to Clayton County in 1853, where he joined the
Communistic Colony. In May, 1855, he came to Ekander,
where he has remained since. In the spring of 1957 he
married Johanna Davis, a native of Wales, by whom he had
three children -- Fanny, Saraph, and Harry. Mrs.
Grotewohl died in 1864. He again married Caroline
Stevens, who was born in Ohio. To them have been born
four children, viz.: Carrie, George, Bessie, and Arthur.
Mr. G. is a member of the I.O.O.F., Edkander lodge, No.
304; also of the A.O.U.W., Bismark Lodge, No. 119, also
of V.A.S. fraternity.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 657
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