Clinton County >> 1911 Index

History of Clinton County, Iowa
ed. by P. B. Wolfe. 2 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1911.

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Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Thomas D. Grumstrup

In this review is mentioned another member of a very worthy family who have demonstrated their worth in numerous ways. He is descended from Danish ancestry, from that nation which has above most others cause to be proud of the character of its people, a nation of honest, sober, intelligent, God-fearing people, whose general intelligence, standard of education and common morality is higher than that of almost any European nation, for they have not set to work to colonize and exploit all the other portions of the world which they could obtain, but have been content with modest colonial ventures, and have given the time, money, and attention which other nations devote to colonization to the development of their home country, with results which the world can plainly notice in the development of their citizens and of their natural resources. The Grumstrup family are splendid representatives of that stock.

Thomas D. Grumstrup was born in Denmark, December 8, 1868, a son of Nis N. Grumstrup, for whom see sketch of Walda M. Grumstrup. Thomas was five years old when the family came to America and located in Clinton.  He learned the woodworker's or cabinetmaker's trade, and until 1906 was an employe of Curtiss Brothers, when he and one of his brothers started a cabinetmakers' shop known as Hansen, Grumstrup & Company, which lasted about fourteen months. Then the family virtually bought out the entire Anderson Furniture Company, and Thomas Grumstrup was made vice- president. The company has since been prosperous. He is independent in politics, is a member of the Danish Brotherhood and of the Danish Society.

Mr. Grumstrup was united in marriage on September 1, 1892, to Minnie Hansen, a native of Germany, daughter of Ferdinand and Marie Hansen. To their union have been born three very attractive young people. Effie, a graduate of the Clinton high school; Lois, a student in the same, and Burnie.

Mr. Grumstrup thoroughly understands the business in which he is engaged, having learned it from the ground up. He is a good manager, and in every way a man well equipped in his chosen line. Likewise he is one whose worth has gained for him deserved popularity.

Walda M. Grumstrup

No wide-awake student of modern conditions can fail to perceive the industrial problems which threaten us, and to realize that there must soon be a readjustment of such conditions, or else, if such does not peacefully take place, there will be a violent settlement. Of course, all hope for a peaceful and gradual adjustment, but the measures necessary to relieve the evil conditions are all more or less socialistic. Government is trending slowly in a socialistic direction, and many of the old party leaders today are uttering statements which would have branded them as rabid Socialists a few years ago. Perhaps we shall never see pure socialism, but all parties are now uniting on schemes socialistic in their nature, and we cannot tell what progress may bring forth.

Walda M. Grumstrup was born in Denmark on July 12, 1869, a son of Nis and Christena (Everson) Grumstrup. His parents were natives of Denmark, and in 1871 the family came to America, first locating in Delaware, where Nis engaged in railroad work. In 1872 he removed to Clinton, Iowa, where he was employed one year by C. Lamb & Sons, then was employed in Curtis Brothers' sash and door factory for about twenty years. In 1893 he entered the flour and feed business, in which he prospered, and remained in this until 1908, when he retired. His life has been quiet and mostly devoted to his business and his family. He and his wife are still living. They are the parents of two sons and three daughters, all living.

Walda Grumstrup was educated in the Clinton common schools, and at the early age of ten or twelve learned the woodturner's trade, and had charge of Curtiss Brothers' department of wood turning for about sixteen years. Then in 1908 he bought one-fourth of the stock of the Anderson Furniture Company, and since then has been president of that concern.  This company employs about fifty men, and makes extension and library tables and kitchen cabinets. Their business extends over Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, South Dakota, and is spreading to other states. Their trade has had a slow, steady and healthy growth. Since Mr. Grumstrup has been president he has added a great deal of improved machinery.

In 1892 Mr. Grumstrup was married to Johanna Johnson, a native of New Zealand, who received the most of her education in that country, her parents coming to this country when she was twelve. She was the daughter of August P. Johnson, a native of Sweden, and Elsie Marrie Geertsen, a native of Denmark. Mr. And Mrs. Grumstrup are the parents of three children, Harold, in the class of 1911, Clinton high school; Helga, class of 1912, and Loretta.

Mr. Grumstrup is a Republican in politics, but has read widely on socialism, and has made a study of socialistic doctrines. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, and will soon have been a member of that order twenty years. He is also a member of the Danish Society of Mystic Workers. On religious subjects he is very liberal, and has never affiliated with any church. He has thoroughly demonstrated his ability as a business man and a thorough manager, and has caused his factory to prosper during his administration. Personally he is popular among the citizens of Clinton.