Gus and Sarah Unkrich family of Fairfield Iowa

February 13, 2011

Sarah Arabella ("Bella") Huntzinger, wife of Fairfield IA grocer Gus Unkrich.

Sarah Arabella (“Bella”) Huntzinger (1850-1927), wife of Fairfield Iowa grocer Gus Unkrich. Captioned “Bella Huntzinger Unkrich” in Huntzinger album. Photograph inscribed on back, “To Frank & Ella, Happy New Year.” No photographer, no date, but taken after 1881, when Bella’s brother Frank married Ella Sheward. Paper blindstamped B. F. K. Rives along upper left margin.

The fourth of Sarah (Rudy) and Franklin B. Huntzinger’s eight children, Bella was born on September 16, 1850 in Pennsylvania. Her parents brought the family in 1856 to Fairfield Iowa, where her father built and operated flour-mills and helped found the local Lutheran Church.

Bella married Fairfield grocer Gustave Adolph Unkrich in about 1870, and over the next 15 years the couple had four children: Maggie Maude, who married Hurse E. Wisecarver; Charles Rudy, who married Sarah E. McKay; Clarence Adolph, and Charlotte Louisa, both of whom died in childhood.

Bella died on April 25, 1927, some eight months after her husband, and was buried with him in the Old Fairfield Cemetery. Visit the Find A Grave Memorial to Sarah Arabella Huntzinger Unkrich.

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Gus and Sarah's daughter.

Charlotte Louise (or Louisa) Unkrich (1885-1889), daughter of Gustave A. and Sarah Arabella (Huntzinger) Unkrich. Captioned “Charlotte Unkrich” in Huntzinger album. No photographer, no date, but ca. 1888.

The youngest of the four children of Fairfield grocer Gus A. Unkrich and his wife Bella, Charlotte was born on March 24, 1885 in Fairfield, Iowa. She died on October 25, 1889. The Fairfield Ledger commented, “A sad affliction has fallen upon the family of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Unkrich of this city in the death of their youngest daughter, Charlotte Louise, which occurred Friday. She was a bright little child in the fifth year of her age, and her death resulted after an illness of two weeks from diphtheria. The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. Chatham, pastor of the Lutheran church. (Fairfield Ledger, Oct. 30, 1889, p. 3, col. 3; in vol. 4 of Jefferson County Records.)

Charlotte was buried in the Old Fairfield City Cemetery; her Find A Grave Memorial is here.

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Sarah and Gus Unkrich's daughter.

Maggie Maude Unkrich (1871-1942), daughter of Gustave A. and Sarah Arabella (Huntzinger) Unkrich. Captioned “Maude Unkrich Wisecarver” in Huntzinger album. Photograph inscribed on back, “[To] Aunt Ella.” No photographer, no date, but ca. 1895.

Maude was born on September 2, 1871 in Fairfield, Iowa, the oldest of the four children of Fairfield grocer Gus A. Unkrich and his wife Bella, On September 6, 1893, four days after her twenty-second birthday, she married Fairfield clothier Hurse (also spelled Hirsh) E. Wisecarver. In about 1903 Hurse partnered with William H. Mohr in the firm of Wisecarver & Mohr, selling clothes on the west side of the Square at 54 North Main St. until about 1916. Hurse then became a real-estate agent upstairs at 60 South Main St., while Mohr continued tailoring at the old location with Harry O. Crow, who later carried on the business there by himself.

Maggie and Hurse had two children: Ruth (born July 1894), who evidently married Walter H. Johnson, and Harold E. (born September 5, 1907), who married Elsie C. Schulz in 1939. Maggie, Hurse and Harold lived at 202 West Madison during the 1920s and 1930s.

Maude died on June 27, 1942, and was buried in the Old Fairfield Cemetery. Her Find A Grave Memorial is here. Hurse died in 1952, and was buried with Maude.

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son of Gua and Sarah Unkrich of Fairfield Iowa.

Charles Rudy Unkrich (1874-1949), son of Gustave A. and Sarah Arabella (Huntzinger) Unkrich. Captioned “Rudy Unkrich” in Huntzinger album. Photograph inscribed on back, “C. R. Unkrich age 15 years.” No photographer, no date, but ca. 1889-1890.

The second of the four children of Fairfield grocer Gus A. Unkrich and his wife Bella, Rudy was born on May 1, 1874 in Fairfield, Iowa. He spent three years at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Hahnemannian Literary Society, and became a homeopathic doctor after graduating from the Hering Medical College in Chicago in 1899.

Rudy then moved to Delavan in Walworth County, Wisconsin, where he practiced medicine and boarded with Harriet M. Folts, her son William, and her granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth McKay, a dry-goods saleswoman whom Rudy married on October 10, 1900. “The happy couple will be at home after November 1st, 1900, Delavan, where the doctor has a splendid practice….” (Wilson A. Smith, ed., “The Medical Visitor,” Chicago: Halsey Bros., 1900, Vol. 16, p. 684.) Rudy and Sarah’s son Donald McKay Unkrich was born in Iowa around October of 1905.

By January 1906, Rudy and his family had moved to Monmouth, Warren Co., Illinois, where Rudy specialized in diseases of the eye, ear, nose, and throat, treating patients at his office at No. 87, south side of the public square, and living at 317 N. 3rd St. Their daughter Sarah E. was born in Illinois about 1910.

Around 1919 Rudy and his family moved to Whitewater, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, where Rudy remained for the rest of his life. He died in the Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn on Nov. 29, 1949, aged 75, of uremia, fracture of the left hip due to a fall and arteriosclerosis.

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son of Gus and Sarah Unkrich of Fairfield IA.

Clarence Adolph Unkrich (1877-1896), son of Gustave A. and Sarah Arabella (Huntzinger) Unkrich. Captioned “Clarence Unkrich” in Huntzinger album. Photograph inscribed on back, “[To?] Ralph.” Photographed by J. B. Myers, Fairfield. No date, but Jesse B. Myers was active in Fairfield 1892-1896; photo taken ca. 1894.

The third of the four children of Fairfield grocer Gus A. Unkrich and his wife Bella, Clarence was born on April 17, 1877 in Fairfield, Iowa. He died on February 2, 1896, evidently of “La Grippe,” now known as influenza or the flu. Clarence was buried in the Old Fairfield Cemetery; his Find A Grave Memorial is here.

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