F. B. Huntzinger, Fairfield IA pioneer miller

November 18, 2010

F. B. Huntzinger Fairfield Iowa pioneer miller.

F. B. Huntzinger, Fairfield’s pioneer miller, at the age of 86.

Franklin B. Huntzinger was born February 17, 1820 in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania to Jacob and Susan (Koch) Huntzinger. He married Sarah Rudy on July 12, 1842. The couple had six children when they moved in 1856 to Fairfield, where over the next few years two more children arrived.

In 1857 Franklin erected a large, three-story steam-powered flour mill here, the second mill ever constructed in Fairfield. Only six months later in January 1858, a fire in the engine-house completely destroyed the mill, its grain, and the adjoining house of G. W. Honn, popular landlord of the National Hotel. Though the mill was uninsured, Franklin immediately rebuilt.

F. B. Huntzinger, Fairfield IA pioneer miller, at the age of 86.

Over the course of his life Frank erected three mills in Fairfield, one in Batavia, and one in Washington County. In 1889 he sold his last mill to his youngest daughter Maggie’s husband, Frank M. Voorhies. This photograph was taken July 12, 1906, on F.B. and Sarah’s 64th wedding anniversary. The couple had lived in Fairfield exactly 50 years. Sarah died that December, and F.B. followed her nearly two years later, in October 1908.

Visit the Find A Grave memorial to Franklin B. Huntzinger.

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