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Joseph A. Schrunk
Jefferson Twp.

Joseph A. Schrunk, farmer, P.O. Osterdock, was a son of Frederick and Josephine (Harmon) Schrunk, natives of Germany, who came to Clayton County in 1847, where the mother died in 1863. Joseph was born in Fayette County, Penn., March 29, 1844, and was educated in Clayton County, Ia. He has always followed farming, and now owns 500 acres of fine land on the Turkey River bottom, section 35, in Jefferson Township, which he has under fine cultivation. In 1865 he married Cecelia, daughter of Joseph Shrank, a native of Germany, who came to the United States in 1856. By this marriage there are nine children, of whom Floyd, born in 1866; Josephine, in 1870; Hubert, in 1874; William, in 1876; Stella, in 1879; the baby, born in December, 1881, are living; Peter, Joseph, Hattie and Nettie are dead. The two last were buried in one grave. They died by scarlet fever. Mrs. Schrunk is a member of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Schrunk, in 1861, enlisted in the Ninth Iowa Regiment, company G, Captain Washburne. He served three years, and was with General Siegel at Pea Ridge, General Grant at the siege of Vicksburg, General Sherman at Chattanooga, and several other severe engagements. He was in the engineer's corps, and while building a masked battery was injured in the right hand at Twin Mountains; and was also slightly wounded at the battle of Pea Ridge. He was honorably discharged at Eastport, Georgia. History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p.

~source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 871-872
~transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney

The name of his father was Johann (John) Frederick Schrunk. He often went by J.F. Schrunk. I am the ggg-granddaughter of Johann (John) Frederick Schrunk on both my mother's and my father's side. Joseph Shrunk was a brother to both my gg-grandfather on my mother's side, and a brother to my gg-grandmother on my father's side. There was a Fredereck Schrunk, actually two of them. One was the son of Johann Frederick Schrunk (and brother to Joseph) and another was Joseph's son.  This is why I feel it is important to clarify the father of Joseph Schrunk as Johann Frederick instead of Frederick since it would be confusing to someone who is not familiar with the Schrunk family tree..... contributed by Lori Finch-Klooster, December 2009. Lori's email address is in the surname registry for Schrunk.

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