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Harlan, Edgar Rubey.
A Narrative History of the People of Iowa.
 Vol III. Chicago: American Historical Society,  1931

p. 436

    GLEN F. REDFERN, clerk of the District Court of Keokuk County, was born and reared in that county, where his people have lived for three generations.
    The Redfern family came to Iowa from Zanesville, Ohio. They are of Irish ancestry. Mr. Redfern's parents, James William, and Laura (Schultz) Redfern, are honored residents of Martinsburg in Keokuk County. His father was born in this county, was educated in local schools and for twenty-five years has been employed in the duties of township offices. He and his wife have four children: Glen F; Mrs. Audrey B. Halferty, of Des Moines; Mrs. Beatrice I. Craig, of Chicago; and Mrs. Almeda A. Perkins, of Churdan, Iowa.
    Glen F. Redfern, was born near Martinsburg, February 7, 1893, and lived on the home farm with his parents while attending the common schools and the Martinsburg High School, from which he was graduated in 1910. While in high school he played baseball and a part of every day in school he assisted around the home farm and after graduating remained a factor on the home place until 1913. He then completed a course in the Cedar Rapids Business College, receiving his diploma in 1914, was employed by several firms in that city and in the fall of 1914 returned to Keokuk County and engaged in farming and in work as an auctioneer.
    Mr. Redfern in 1918 enlisted and joined the colors for training at Camp Mabry at College Station, Texas, where he was trained for work in the motor transportation corps and was advanced to the grade of truck master. Later he was transferred to the Infantry Officers Training School, and received his honorable discharge at College Station, Texas, in December, 1918.
    After his military service he returned to Keokuk County, and gave his industrious attention to his farming interests. Mr. Redfern in 1924 was elected district clerk, beginning his duties in that office on January 1, 1925, and he has been twice reelected. Prior to that he had served as tax assessor and township clerk of Steady Run Township.
    Mr. Redfern is a member of the American Legion Post at Sigourney, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a Republican and a Methodist. He married, May 21, 1919, Miss Mildred A. Williams, of Sigourney. They have one child, Don W., born June 7, 1925.


p. 235

     HENRY RUNGE, who died August 13, 1916, was the founder of the Davenport business long known as the Henry Runge funeral directing establishment, now conducted by his sons Martin and Harry H., under the firm name of Henry Runge's Sons, proprietors of the Runge Mortuary. This was the first modern funeral conducting service in Davenport and has long been counted one of the real civic assets of the community. The business is located at 822-824 West Third Street, occupying a building erected by Henry Runge more than a quarter of a century ago.
     Henry Runge was born at Davenport, June 7, 1861, one of the nine children of Martin L. and Wilhelmina (Schwartz) Runge. His father came from Germany and after a brief residence at Chicago moved to Davenport, where he was connected with the packing business and for many years with the Davis Mill.
     Henry Runge grew up in Davenport, attended the common schools, and was a pupil in night school while serving an apprenticeship at the upholsterer's trade. He was employed in the upholstering and furniture business for twenty years, and after a special course in embalming at Des Moines organized the firm of Weiss & Runge. In February, 1896, Mr. Runge established his own business, and carried it on through the twenty years before his death. In 1902 he erected the Runge building.
     Mr. Runge was a very popular citizen and business man and was affiliated with many social and fraternal organizations, including the B. P. O. Elks, Knights of Pythias, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He and his family were Lutherans. His first wife was Emma Tess, who died in 1886, leaving two children. On October 1, 1891, Henry Runge married Christina M. Juergensen and of the five children born to their marriage four grew up, Edna, Martin L., Harry H., and Henrietta.
     The proprietors and managers of the Runge Mortuary today are Martin and Harry H. Runge, both of whom were born in Davenport and were given liberal opportunities for an education. Both are graduates of the Hohenschuh College of Embalming at Des Moines and both had training in the business under their father before his death. In recent years they have remodeled the Runge Building, converting it into the first modern funeral chapel and funeral parlors at Davenport. The brothers are members of the National Funeral Service Bureau and the Mississippi Valley Funeral Directors Association, of which Martin Runge is a past president. They also belong to the Iowa State Association.
     Harry H. Runge married Frances Smith. Martin Runge married Mida Gilbarith, a native of Illinois, and has five children, Henry Charles, William Martin, Albert Fred, Joan and Joyce.


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