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John D. Bush
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Patrick F. Cunningham
Mell H. Cushing
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Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 212
PAUL LATTNER, now deceased, was for
many years one of the most prosperous and influential businessmen of Worthington.
He was a native of Germany, having been born in Volketshousen, June 29,1832,
and was the eldest of three sons born to Joseph and Veronica Lattner.
The father of our subject was likewise a native of the Fatherland and
was born February 4, 1803, while his good wife was born the same day and
month but in the year 1810.
Joseph Lattner was a mechanic and upon emigrating to the New World with
his family in 1847 located at Port Jarvis, N.Y., where he was employed
with the railroad force in the construction of the New York & Erie
Road. Three years later he moved to Zanesville, Ohio, and while there
was contractor for the Lake Shore Road. He departed this life in 1852,
and after his decease his widow and children spent a year in Hamilton,
Ontario, after which they moved to Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The subject of this sketch, in company with his brothers Jacob and Wendelin,
also followed contracting, building many roads in the west, among the
last work of the kind being a three-mile track for the Dubuque & Pacific,
now the Illinois Central Road, in this county. R. B. Moran, who let the
contract, failed in business and the brothers were obliged to accept a
large amount of land in payment for their services. In 1860 they laid
out the now thriving town of Lattner’s and opened up in the mercantile
business. The following year the Lattner brothers erected a steam sawmill
in the place and in 1864 completed the construction of the woolen mill.
The firm was a most prosperous one; the brothers amassed a considerable
fortune and continued together until 1872, when the connection was dissolved.
Paul Lattner conducted the mercantile trade in the above place until 1886,
when he disposed of his interest, and a year later we find him located
in Worthington, where his younger brother, the Hon. Wendelin Lattner,
was engaged in the mercantile business. Our subject followed farming near
the city for three years after coming here, and in 1880 opened up a hotel,
which he carried on in the most profitable manner until his decease, which
occurred January 14, 1891.
Our subject served for many years as Justice of the Peace at Lattner's,
and was consequently known as Squire Lattner. He also held the position
of Postmaster of the above place, and in 1884 was appointed to the same
position at Worthington by President Cleveland. He was Notary Public for
some time, and in 1875 was brought prominently before the public as a
candidate for the Legislature and was defeated by a very small majority.
He had filled the position of Township, Clerk eight years. He was a citizen
always on the side of every social and moral reform and none knew him
but to respect and love him. As a friend he was stanch and true, and the
poor and distressed found in him a cheerful helper, to whom no appeal
was made in vain.
Paul Lattner was married in Independence, Iowa, November 15, 1857, to
Miss Amanda Lesher, a native of Ohio, and of Dutch ancestry. At his death
our subject left a family of fifteen children, nine sons and six daughters.
The eldest, Jacob F. is editor of the Cedar Rapids Journal. Wendline H.
is one of the proprietors of the Kansas City Star. Samuel B. is engaged
in the hardware business in Worthington. Joseph is a tinsmith in the employ
of his brother Samuel. Paul is an engineer at Kansas City; John, George,
Peter and Raymond are at home with their widowed mother. The eldest daughter,
Mary Amanda, is now Sister Mary Boniface, of the Franciscan Order of Dubuque.
Susan is the wife of P. Vandever, of Dyersville; Clara is Mrs. John Klassen,
residing in Granville, this state, where her husband is engaged in the
hardware business; Ella, Rosa and Anna are at home. The family occupies
a pleasant home in Worthington, which was built by Mrs. Lattner after
the decease of our subject.
Samuel B. Lattner, the third son of our subject, was born at Lattner's,
February 5, 1862, where he was given a good education. When only twenty
years of age he engaged in the livery business in Worthington, and continued
thus to operate for three years when he disposed of his stables and opened
up a hardware establishment and has built up a large and profitable trade.
He also handles agricultural implements and owns a large warehouse stocked
with all kinds of carriages and buggies, to which branch of business he
gives his personal attention. On the death of his honored father he was
appointed Notary Public in his place, and is still the incumbent of the
position he has been Village Clerk since the incorporation of the place,
and also has been Treasurer of the School Board for the past five years.
Like all of his ancestors he is a Democrat in politics and a devout member
of the Catholic Church.
Samuel Lattner was married in 1885 to Miss Mary, daughter of Daniel Gerhart,
a retired farmer of Hopkinton, and this state. To them have been born
three daughters, Emma, Laura and Rebecca. This gentleman occupies one
of the finest residences in the place. It is pleasantly located on an
elevation just south of the business portion of Worthington and commands
a good view of the surrounding country. Samuel Lattner has ever borne
his part in the development and upbuilding of his community and is a prominent
and influential citizen, highly respected throughout this section, where
he has a large circle of friends and acquaintances.