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Joseph Cerny, a resident of Iowa City, a clothing merchant doing business on Washington Street, was born February 20, 1839 in Bohemia Austria. Came to America, December 25, 1854; landed in New York and came to Iowa City January 6, 1855; a carpenter by trade. He clerked for Harrison Eppel prior to going in the clothing business in 1865. He was married June 14, 1864 to Miss Helen Haas of Iowa City. This union is blessed with six children: John A., George Fl, Louis F., Rosa, Ida, and Joseph. Member of Tutonia German Lodge, No. 129, I.O.O.F; a member of the Masonic societies; a democrat in politics; was a member of the City Council two years from the third ward; elected in 1875. Source: History of Johnson County, IA 1836-1882 p.794.