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Englebert Kattenbach
Boardman Twp.

Englebert Kattenbach, jeweler, Elkader, was born in Baden, Germany, on the 6th day of April, 1817, and received his early education in his native country. When fourteen years of age he commenced to learn the trade of a watch-maker under the supervision of his father. When twenty-one years of age he left Germany for England and located in Wales, where he remained thirteen years; he then was in France one and a half years, and in 1854 emigrated to the United States, landed in New York and immediately left for Dubuque, where he had a brother residing. The following year he came to Elkader and embarked in his present business. In 1862 he married Josephine Sidley, who was born in Baden in 1837. By this union there was one child,-- Frances Clara. Mr. Kattenbach has been identified with the county for over a quarter of a century and has lived to see its many changes from a wild unbroken region to a beautiful cultivated county. When he came here McGregor had but five or six buildings in it. Mr. Kattenbach is one of the oldest business men now living in Elkader.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 660

Note: This family is listed under the surname Kaltenbach in the St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery, Elkader.


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