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Jacob Gunder b.7/5/1844- PA, IL, IA, MN
Posted by: Brian J. Bergs Date: May 26, 2000 at 10:51:49
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Here is some info on Jacob Gunder. Please EMail me if you have more info.

"History of Story County Iowa"
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement
by W.O. Payne
Volume II
The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co.

Jacob Gunder- pages 484-485-486
This is an exact transcript from the book.
Jacob Gunder is a retired farmer of Franklin township and a veteran of the Civil war. In every relation of life his record has commended him to the confidence and good-will of his fellowmen and his life in many respects furnishes as example that is well worthy of emulation. He was born in Blair county, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1844, and resided upon a farm there until twelve years of age, when he removed to Whiteside county, Illinois, with his father, Casper Gunder. The mother died when her son was but four years of age and the father married twice afterward. Jacob Gunder was the seventh of eight children born of the first marriage.

       At the time of the removal to Whiteside county, Illinois, the family home was established in Genesee township and Jacob Gunder there attended school and aided in the work of the farm until eighteen years of age, when he offered his services to the government, enlisting on the 4th of October, 1862, as a member of Company E, Thirty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served with the Army of the Cumberland for nearly three years or until the close of the war and in the fall of 1863 veteranized with his regiment. He participated in the two days' battle of Shiloh, in the hotly contested engagement of Lookout Mountain and in the battles of Missionary Ridge, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. In fact he went all through the Atlanta campaign, was with Sherman on the march to the sea, proceeded northward through the Carolinas and Virginia and in Washington, following Lee's surrender at Appomattox, participated in the grand review, when the victorious Union troops marched down Pennsylvania avenue amid the cheering thousands who welcomed their return. On the 12th of July, 1865, he received an honorable discharge and returned home with a most creditable military record.

       Mr. Gunder joined his father's family in Whiteside county, Illinois, and came with them in October, 1865, to Iowa, the family home being established in Boone county. He remained a resident of that county until 1893, since which time he has lived in Story county. He always followed farming in this state until 1902, when he retired and took up his abode in Gilbert. He raised ten thousand bushels of corn and an equal amount of oats in 1895. He both owned and rented land and has been interested in Minnesota lands until a recent date when he sold. As an Iowa farmer he carefully cultivated his fields and his progressive methods brought him success, which numbered him among the substantial farmers of the western part of the state.

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History of Story County

On the 23d of January, 1868, Mr. Gunder was married to Miss Margaret E. Linerode, who was born in Ohio, January 6, 1849, and came to Illinois in childhood with her parents, I.D. and Nancy (Thomas) Linerode. Mr. and Mrs. Gunder have become the parents of none children; Ida, the wife of Ralph Zwickey, of Minnesota; Alice, who died at the age of twenty-five years; Arthur, who died in infancy; Elmer, who married Jean McDonald, of Forest City, Iowa; Roy, deceased; Clarence, who married Lena Thompson, also of Forest City, Iowa; Dora, the wife of Herbert Smalley, of Boone county; Mabel, the wife of Fred Watts, of Minnesota; and Tillie, also of Minnesota.

       Mr. Gunder has always given his political allegiance to the republican party but has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, in which he has won notable and honorable success. In fact he deserves great credit for what he has accomplished. He lost his mother when four years of age and the following year was bound out to a man who ill treated him so that he had no opportunities for an education or of other kind. When his father found that he was ill treated he sent for him at once, but he had borne ill usage for seven years. Afterward working with his father he at length started out in life on his own account and be persistent energy and determination he has steadily progressed, reaching the goal of success. The prosperity which he attained enables him to now live retired and to enjoy all of the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.

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