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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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George Gruber.

During more than three decades George Gruber has lived on his present place of two hundred acres on section 11, Eureka township, which he now owns and operates.  His birth occurred Henry county, Iowa, in July, 1871, his parents being Andrew and Mary J (McCully) Gruber.  The father, a native of Germany, learned the blacksmith's trade in that land and emigrated to the United States in 1852, locating in Henry county, Iowa, where he conducted a blacksmith shop in the country for a number of years.  In 1883 he came to Adair county, Iowa, and here lived retired with his children until called to his final rest in June, 1903.  To him and his wife were born thirteen children, seven of whom survive, namely:  Robert;  Maggie;  Ellen;  Sadie;  Lillian;  George, of this review;  and Mary, who keeps house for our subject.

George Gruber was a youth of twelve years when he came to this county with his parents and has remained within its borders continuously since.  He early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, as he assisted in the operation of the home farm, and he has been engaged in the work of the fields throughout his entire business career.  When his father died he fell heir to a tract of eighty acres on section 11, Eureka township, subsequently extending the boundaries of his farm by purchase until he now owns two hundred acres of rich and productive land on that section.  He has greatly enhanced the value of the property by making excellent improvements and in its operation has won a well merited measure of success, annually gathering good crops which find a ready sale on the market.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Gruber has supported the men and measures of the democracy, believing firmly in its principles.  His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church.  He is well known among his fellow-citizens and the fact that many of his best friends are those who have known him longest is an indication that his salient characteristics are such as inspire and hold regard, esteem and goodwill.



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