ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
A. F. JUDIESCH
August F. Judiesch, an honored member of that rapidly diminishing body of
men who fought for the Union during the dark days of the Civil war, was long
identified with business affairs and is now living retired in Holstein, having
reached the venerable age of seventy-ning years. A native of Germany, he was
born December, 5, 1847, and was but three years old when his parents,
Frederick W. and Louisa (Weisse) Judiesch, came with their family to the United
States, settling in Muscatine, Iowa. The father was a Congregational minister
and for many years was pastor of a church in Davenport, Iowa. He passed away
in that city and the mother's demise occurred in Treynor, this state. Their
family numbered seven children: Emma, deceased; August F.; William, who has
passed away; Bertha, the widow of the Rev. Jacob Fath, also a Congregational
minister, by whom she has two sons, one a geologist and the other an
astronomer; Louisa and Frederick, who died in infancy; and Mary, also deceased.
August F. Judiesch received a common school education, and in those early
days the nearest schoolhouse was situated three miles from his home. Imbued
with the spirit of patriotism, he ran away from home when a youth of sixteen and
enlisted in the federal army. He joined Company A of the Ninth Iowa Cavalry
and was in the service for two years and twelve days, participating in many
important battles. After the close of the war Mr. Judiesch learned the trade
of a harness maker under the direction of his uncle and in 1868 established
a business of his own at Wapello, Iowa, where he spent about four years. He
engaged in business at Grandview, Iowa, for two years and for a year was a
student at the academy of that place. He next located in Davenport, opening a
shoe store, and for twelve years was one of the leading merchants of that
city. After selling the business he moved to Winterset, Iowa, and four years
later came to Holstein, where he has since resided. He was the first rural
carrier in this locality and also acted as assistant postmaster of Holstein, ably
discharging the duties of the position.
On the 6th of May, 1876, Mr. Judiesch married Miss Carolyn C. Condit, a
daughter of Jabez and Ruth (Scott) Condit, natives of Pennsylvania. They came to Iowa in 1862, settling in Washington county, and Mr. Condit was one of its pioneer farmers. He had five children: Cyrus, deceased; Ezekiel C., whose home is in Denver, Colorado; William D., who is living in Los Angeles, California; Carolyn C.; and Elizabeth, the wife of William K. Mallory, of Denver,
Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Judiesch have become the parents of three children: Alice Ruth, a resident of Los Angeles, California; Frederick W., whose home is in western Nebraska; and Florence Edna, the wife of Carl H. Tourgee, of Spencer, Iowa.
Mr. Judiesch belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic and is also
identified with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is affiliated with the Methodist church and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. For over
seventy-five years Mr. Judiesch has lived in Iowa, loyally supporting all projects destined to prove of benefit to his community and state, and in the course of a long, honorable and useful life he has gained the enduring regard of many friends.
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