|John Henry Hunwardsen
Born November 12, 1872
|No country has given the United States better citizens than Germany, and sons of the fatherland are always welcomed here for they all have those homely virtues of honesty, sincerity, energy and frugality which when combined are certain to be productive of good citizenship and prosperous results. John Henry Hunwardsen, a farmer residing on section 30, Oxford township, is one of the best known German-Americans of Jones county. He was born in Schleswig, Germany, November 12, 1872, and when but twelve years old was brought by his parents to this country. He is a son of John H. and Matte (Thompson) Hunwardsen, both natives of Schleswig, Germany, the former born in 1837, and the latter in 1838. Upon coming to the United States, the little family made their way to Oxford township, Jones county, Iowa, and on reaching this locality settled upon a farm, where the mother died in 1905. The father now resides near Lost Nation with his son John. In the family were six children, as follows: Thomas, who lives in Woodbury county, Iowa; Edward, who lives in Oxford township; Emma, who married Henry Fiddersen, of Oxford township: Martin, who has passed away; John, who lives at Lost Nation, and John Henry, Jr., whose name heads this sketch.
John Henry Hunwardsen lived with his parents until his marriage, at which time he commenced farming on his own account, continuing upon rented property for six years. He then bought his present farm of one hundred and twenty acres on sections 30 and 31, Oxford township. Nearly all of the improvements have been made by Mr. Hunwardsen, and he resided upon his property until 1909, when he rented it and removed to Oxford Junction, which is now his home.
On April 23, 1907, Mr. Hunwardsen married Christina Jansen, who was also born in Schleswig, Germany, September 14, 1890, and came to the United States with her parents in 1905. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hunwardsen: John Henry, Matte and Harman.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 348.
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