History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Freeman H. Bloodgood, superintendent of the public schools of East Waterloo, Iowa, is one of the State's most thoroughly qualified educators. He was born in Linn County, Iowa, in 1867, and is a son of Abram S. and Mary (Sterling) Bloodgood.William Bloodgood, grandfather of Freeman H., was born in Pennsylvania, but established a permanent home in the State of New York. Both parents were born near the Catskill Mountains in that state, where the father followed an agricultural life for a number of years. For the past two years he has lived in the genial climate of California, having reached the age of 83 years. Professor Bloodgood is one of a family of 10 children, of whom the eight survivors are: Lewis, Lucina, Lavancha, Loren, Estella, Carlotta, Fred and Freeman H.Our subject obtained his primary education in the public schools of Fayette township, Linn County, Iowa, and those of Huron, South Dakota. Later he entered Upper Iowa University, at Fayette, where he was graduated in 1890, subsequently entering Harvard College, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and being there graduated in the class of 1894. Upon his return to Iowa, he became superintendent of the schools o Fayette county, acceptably filling this position for the succeeding six years, having been nominated by acclamation three succeeding terms. He resigned this position to accept the city superintendency of the schools of Vinton, Iowa. After one year at Vinton, he came to Waterloo, in 1900, and accepted the position of city superintendent of the schools of East Waterloo. He has been associated with educational work during his whole career. Previous to entering Harvard, he taught two years, serving as principal of the Fayette public schools, and from the first has shown his eminent fitness for professional work in this line. His energetic, faithful efforts to place the public schools on the highest possible basis have been recognized by the citizens of East waterloo, and he has met with that sympathy and encouragement which ever tend to conserve successful work. Thoroughly qualified, he has broadened the public conception of what may be accomplished in the public schools, and his record reflects the greatest credit upon his work.In December, 1893, Professor Bloodgood was married to Ethel Hulbert, who is a daughter of Chauncy and Emeline (Alexander) Hulbert, old residents of Fayette, Iowa, where they have been prominent for 40 years. Mrs. Bloodgood's maternal grandfather, Robert Alexander, was the founder of Upper Iowa University, which bears his honored name on its capstone.Politically, Professor Bloodgood is a Republican. He has at various times been officially connected with a number of educational organizations and has been president of the Iowa State Teachers' Association. His fraternal connections include the leading orders. He belongs to lodge No. 105, A. f. & A. M., of Waterloo; Ascalon Commandery, K. T., of Waterloo; the West Union (Iowa) Lodge of Odd Fellows; Helmet Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Waterloo; the Tribe of Ben Hur and the Woodmen of the World. Both Professor and Mrs. Bloodgood attend the Methodist Church.
George H. Boehmler , who conducts a loan and insurance business in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was born in Lyons, New York, August 19, 1837, and is a son of George H, and Elizabeth Boehmler. The father died when George H., was an infant. [See Note 1 below.] Mr. Boehmler was reared in New York and secured a common school education. At the age of 17, he began his business career as a clerk in a mercantile establishment in Lyons, where he remained three years. Wishing a wider field, the young man turned his attention to the West, and in 1858 came to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he was employed in a mercantile establishment for a short time. In 1862, with J. T. Knapp, he organized a grain business under the firm name of G. H. Boehmler & Company. This continued for several years. In 1870, he established a lumber yard at the B. C. R. & N. depot, acting as agent for Lamb, Byng & Company, of Clinton, Iowa, in which capacity he did a large and successful business for 10 years. In the spring of 1881, Mr. Boehmler established himself in the hardware business, shortly afterward admitting Josiah Thompson to partnership. The firm of Boehmler & Thompson continued for about eight years, when Mr. Boehmler purchased the partner’s interest, and conducted the concern for a couple of years. Then he sold out and engaged in the loan and insurance business. In October 1856, Mr. Boehmler was married in marriage to Elizabeth Seligman, of Lyons, New York. They are parents of seven children, five of whom survive, as follows: George S., residing in Seattle, Washington; Charles Albert, who is claim agent for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company and resides in Cedar Falls; Harry Clinton, an engineer on the Illinois Central Railroad, who resides in Waterloo, Iowa; Carrie M., wife of J. P. Harmon, a life insurance agent of Des Moines, Iowa; and Herbert E., a merchant and farmer of Hampton, Iowa. Two children died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Boehmler have a handsome home in Cedar Falls and enjoy many pleasant social connections. Mr. Boehmler is a member of the Congregational Church. Politically the subject of this sketch is identified with the Republican party, and has been its choice for many of the county offices. At present he is serving as deputy county collector and has been a member of the City Council. He has been secretary of the Cedar Falls Building, Loan & Savings Association for 20 years, and is one of the city’s most energetic and public spirited citizens. His fraternal membership is in the Masonic bodies. NOTES [from the submittor]:
August Burk, deceased, formerly a prominent farmer and highly esteemed citizen of Bennington township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, was born November 7, 1842, in Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, and was a son of Henry and Mary (Paul) Burk. Henry Burk came to America when his son, August, was about 14 years of age. The family located first at Freeport, Illinois, and lived there from 1856 to 1867, when Mr. Burk removed to Black Hawk County, Iowa. He bought land in section 6, Bennington township, on which he resided until his death, at the age of 81 years. His widow died in Waterloo, aged 93 years. They had three sons, namely: John, deceased, who was a farmer in Bennington township; August, the subject of this sketch; and Henry, who is a resident of Waterloo.August Burk remained on the homestead in Iowa but a short time, its uncultivated condition and unsettled surroundings not proving attractive enough to make him willing to spend his life here. Therefore he went to Carroll County, Illinois, found employment at farming, and remained there until 1870. In the spring of that year he returned to Bennington township and remained with his parents for five years. He then purchased 160 acres in section 19 and settled permanently. This was all wild prairie land, and he first put up a small house which served the family until 1885, when he erected the present commodious and comfortable residence. In 1893, he built the great barn, and continued to make improvements of a substantial character as long as he lived. The land required hard work to put it into its present state of productiveness, but Mr. Burk was a man of great industry, and thoroughly understood the principles of farming. He raised oats, corn and hay, but made dairying his main business. After a useful, honorable life, he died on his farm, September 17, 1895, mourned by a large and devoted family, and lamented by the whole neighborhood in which he was very highly respected. Mr. Burk was township clerk for many years and held other township offices.In 1863, Mr. Burk married Elizabeth Peters, who was born at Selenrode, Germany, and is a daughter of Henry and Catherine (Deitz) Peters, the former of whom died in Germany. Mrs. Peters came to America in 1853, settled in Carroll County, Illinois, and died in March, 1897, aged about 93 years. Mr. and Mrs. Peters had the following children: Anna, who is the wife of Conrad Fink, of Bennington township; Conrad, who lives in Carroll County, Illinois; John, who died in Carroll County, Illinois; Henry, who lives in Carroll County, Illinois; Mary, who is married and lives in Carroll County, Illinois; Elizabeth, who is the widow of August Burk, and an infant that died in Germany.The six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Burk are as follows: Peter, who lives on the home place; John Edward, a resident of Waterloo, who married Emma Bauman, and has three children - Louis, Edward K. J. and Matilda E.; a Albert, a farmer in Minnesota, who married Anna Gross, and has six children - Lillie, George, Alvin, Frederick, Lee and Wava; August, a farmer in Bennington township, who married Callie Hartman, and has one child - Margarie; George, a farmer on the home place, who married Theresa Geier, and has one child - Florence R.; and Rosa, a very highly educated and attractive young lady, who spent one year at the Waterloo Commercial College, and was married June 15, 1904, to john Kramer. The family belong to the Evangelical Church, to which Mr. Burk always gave a generous support.