February 26, 1859–March 6, 1943
|Funeral services for George Ambuehl were conducted yesterday afternoon at 2:30 in the Reformed church by the Rev. Armin Tendick. Burial was made at Oakwood cemetery. Mr Ambuehl died in his sleep Monday morning. He had been well enough to drive to Cedar Rapids Sunday with his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Will Hintz, to call on Rev. and Mrs. Charles Bridges. It is thought that he must have suffered a heart attack during the night.
Ambuehl was a native of Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland, and was born in that country on Feb. 26, 1859. He came to the United States with his parents at the age of 13 and settled on a farm in Bowen's Prairie in 1872. His early schooling was received in a little brick schoolhouse on what is now Primary 151 in Richland township.
He was a son of Andrew and Katherine (Arduser) Ambuehl. For many years, he held the office of trustee of Lovell township. He was also an active director of the Monticello State bank and prided himself on the fact that he was the first director on the job every Tuesday evening for the weekly bank meeting. Ambuehl also held offices in the Reformed church, Monticello, and was largely responsible for its organization.
He was married Dec. 6 1883, to Emma C. Rettig. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1933 and next December would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were the parents of one daughter, Katherine, now Mrs. Charles Bridges of Cedar Rapids, who, together with his widow, survives.
Ambuehl was a member of the Half Century Farmer club of Monticello. He returned to Switzerland in 1891 for a short visit for medical treatment. He was naturalized as an American citizen shortly after he was 21 years old. During his active life, he was a member of the republican party.
Submitted by: Lloyd Raeg
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