|Birth: ||1869, Germany|
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 3 by James H. Hawley 1920)
Herman R. Neitzel, founder of the Bannock Motor Sales Company and numbered among the representative business men of Idaho's capital city, was born in Germany, whence he came to America when eight years of age with his parents John H. and Augusta (Magdanz) Neitzel. Upon their arrival in the new world, the family located in South Bend, Indiana, where the parents spent their remaining days, rearing a family of thirteen children, of whom four sons and three daughters, still survive.
Herman R. Neitzel spent his boyhood in South Bend, profiting by the advantages afforded the youth of the time and period and laboring assiduously to master the intricacies of a new language and customs that were strange. At an early age he became connected with the Studebaker Company, at South Bend, as bookkeeper and accountant, and this association continued for a period of ten years.
In 1895, Mr. Neitzel removed to Nebraska, locating in Murdock. At the time of his location there, Murdock was nothing but a station and he, therefore, became one of its first citizens. He entered actively into the upbuilding of the town and made it his residence place for the ensuing fifteen years. He was the founder and sole owner of the Bank of Murdock, an institution which had no little part in the upbuilding of the surrounding country and which is still enjoying a prosperous career. He also served as the first mayor of Murdock and in other ways contributed toward the advancement of the new community.
Since 1910, Mr. Neitzel has been a resident of Idaho, making his home in Boise. He at once became identified with various business affairs throughout the state. He is the owner of a large general store at Murphy, Idaho, though he has devoted the major part of his time and attention to the affairs of the Bannock Motor Sales Company, organized in 1914. The company acts as distributing agent for Maxwell and Chalmers motor cars, and the Garford motor trucks, and is widely and favorably known throughout Idaho and adjoining states.
In addition to his other business interests, Mr. Neitzel is known as one of the prominent orchardists of the west, being the owner of a three hundred and twenty acre apple orchard, with sixteen thousand trees, now seven years old and in full bearing. The varieties grown, include Jonathans, Roman Beauties, Stayman Wine- saps and Delicious, and the ripened fruit is shipped to all parts of the country.
In Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on the 26th of April, 1899, Mr. Neitzel was united in marriage with Miss Nellie J. Guthmann, and to them have been born three children, Francis Herman, John Milton and Elizabeth Anne.
In his political affiliations Mr. Neitzel has always been a republican. He is a member of the Boise Lodge of Elks, the Boise Commercial Club and the Young Men's Christian Association. His entire life has been actuated by a spirit of progress that has taken cognizance of both needs and opportunities, and in the communities in which he has lived his efforts have been in full accord with constructive advancement.
Nellie J. Guthmann Neitzel (1879 - 1964)
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