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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GINTHER, JOHN W. V., P. O. Clarinda; senior member of the firm of J. W. V. Ginther & Co., proprietors of Clarinda flouring mills. The subject of this sketch was born in Germany in 1821, a mechanic by trade. He emigrated to America in 1850. The year of 1851 was spent in New York. He then went to Michigan where he remained several years. From thence he went to Noble county, Indiana, thence to Iowa, and settled in Jones county, remaining two years. He became a resident of Missouri in 1857, remaining in that state until 1860. He then settled at Clarinda, Iowa. At the breaking out of the late war he enlisted in the twenty-third Iowa infantry, serving two years. He returned to Clarinda and engaged in the carpenter and furniture business until a few years ago when he bought the Clarinda flouring mill. The junior member of this firm, Mr. Sweeney, is a practical miller of long experience, and is a gentleman of the highest type. Mr. Ginther was married in 1855 to Miss Susan Snestel, a native of England. They have one child living, Louisa V., having lost two sons.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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