Harrison County Iowa Genealogy


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Samuel ETTINGER, one of the businessmen of Dunlap, and also one of the early settlers of Harrison County, is a native of Franklin County, Pa., being born August 4, 1825. He is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (LAYMASTER) ETTINGER, of German ancestry, but natives of the Keystone State. When our subject was two years of age their family removed to New York State, and after about three years moved to Sandusky County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated at the common schools. Wen about fourteen years of age, his father and mother were both called from the scenes of earth, and after this sad affliction he was bound out to learn the sign painter's trade, at which he was engaged for some two years. When twenty years of age he dropped his painter's brush and took to the stage, travelling with theatrical troupes for four years, and then returned to Bellevue, Ohio, where he followed sign painting, and in 1855 came to Mitchell County, Iowa, and engaged in the mercantile business with Charles Humphrey. They continued in business for five years at Mitchell, after which he made a trip to Pike's Peak, and upon his return trip from the Rockies, he had the pleasure of killing a buffalo. He then remained in Mitchell, Iowa, until 1862, when he with his wife and two children crossed the plains to Sacramento, Cal., where he kept hotel four years, and then removed to Appleton, Wis., and engaged in the grocery and crockery trade with his brother, Jesse. They remained in business at that point about four years and then came to Harrison County, Iowa, where they each purchased a farm in Harrison Township. Our subject made a purchase of one hundred and sixty acres, on sections 32 and 33, where he farmed for three years, after which he and his brother embarked in the grocery, boot and shoe business at Dunlap. They continued as partners eight or nine years, when he purchased his brother's interest and took in his son as a partner, who was associated with him until his death, January 22, 1887; after which our subject retired from trade, but subsequently engaged in the restaurant business, which he still conducts.

He was united in marriage in 1856 to Mary A. SNEER, who was born in Utica, N. Y., and died May 15, 1887. They had a family of four childrenï: Everett H., deceased; Mary E., wife of Samuel G. LlSCOMB, of Dunlap; Anna B., wife of Fred FRAZIER, a resident of Dunlap; and Flora M., wife of W. E. KINSELLA, a resident of Madison, Neb.

Politically, Mr. ETTINGER affiliates with the Democratic Party. He has been a member of the City Council of Dunlap, and is counted one of the good citizens of the place.

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