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Veron C. Ramseyer


VERON C. RAMSEYER, manager of the Ramseyer Hatchery, is one of the aggressive young business men of Oskaloosa, and one whose public spirit in proverbial. A veteran of the World war, he not only did his duty during the war, he not only did his duty during the war period, but upon his return to civilian life took up the burdens of reconstruction, and has achieved a prosperity that is all the more to his credit, in that he has made his own way in life. He was born at Pulaski, Iowa, August 15, 1894, a son of John H. and Elizabeth (Brenneman) Ramseyer.

The birth of John H. Ramseyer occurred in Switzerland, and in the early seventies he came to the United States, locating in Davis County, Iowa. The Ramseyer family is a well known one in Iowa, and his brother, Hon. C. W. Ramseyer, is representing the Sixth Congressional District of Iowa in the National Assembly. Mrs. Ramseyer was born in Davis County, Iowa.

Growing to vigorous young manhood amid healthful surroundings, Vernon C. Ramseyer attended local schools and later Bluffton, Ohio, College, from which he was graduated in 1919 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was a student of the law department of the University of Michigan, and also of the University of Chicago. In the meanwhile, however, he gave his country a military service, in 1918 being inducted into the army for the World war, and was a member of Company E, Three Hundred and Fifty-first Infantry, of which he was ranking sergeant. Sent overseas to France, he saw service at the front, and was honorable discharged after his return to the United States at Camp Dodge, Iowa. While in France he was given intensive training in the Officers Training School La Valbonne. Following his discharge in 1919 Mr. Ramseyer went to college and continued his education as already stated.

From 1919 to 1922 Mr. Ramseyer was superintendent of Bureau Township schools, Princeton, Illinois, and during 1923 to 1924 he was superintendent of the schools of Pulaski, Iowa. In 1923 he, his father and two brothers, Harry W. and Obern B., the latter of whom has since died, launched the Ramseyer Hatcheries, Incorporated, thus entering the baby chick industry at Pulaski, Iowa. This enterprise has proven a great success, and expanded to such an extent that in 1925 a branch was established at Washington, Iowa; and in 1926 a fine plant was opened at Oskaloosa, and since then the home office has been at Oskaloosa, but all three plants are operated. Each year approximately 1,000,000 chicks are hatched the output in season averaging 50,000 per week. These chicks are sent to every state in the Union. There are fifteen varieties produced, known as the Ramseyer Master-Mated chickens, and they took grand champion award at Iowa State Chick Show at Ames in 1928-1929, and 1930, besides winning sweepstakes in Kansas and Michigan. For several years Mr. Ramseyer of this review has been general manager of the corporation, and is devoting himself to the further expansion of the business.

In August, 1920, Mr. Ramseyer married at Berne, Indiana, Miss Florence Lehman, born in Indiana, a daughter of J. F. and Elizabeth (Neuenschwander) Lehman, of Swiss parentage, but both born in the same state as their daughter. Mr. Lehman is a banker and poultryman. Mr. and Mrs. Ramseyer have a daughter, Janqueline Rose. Both Mr. Ramseyer and his wife are Mennonites, but there being no church of their faith at Oskaloosa they are associated with the First Presbyterian Church of this city, and he is superintendent of the Sunday School. He belongs to the Kiwanis Club, Gamma Eta Ganna of the University of Chicago; is president of the Iowa Poultry Improvement Association, also chairman of the Iowa Poultry Council; president of the Mahaska County Red Cross; and is a member of the Iowa State Sunday School Executive Council. Mr. Ramseyer is regarded among his associates and fellow citizens as a man of high moral and business character, and the few years he has resided at Oskaloosa have been a period of constant and honorable advancement in the business and social relations of life.

~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa, Edgar Rubey Harlan, LL. B., A. M., Chicago and New York, 1931

~ transcribed and contributed by:  Debbie  Clough Gerischer, Iowa History Project