Gustavus William Viergutz

Gustavus William Viergutz

Death 21 May 1940 (aged 71)
Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 19615909 · View Source
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Gustavus W. Viergutz, the son of August Carl and Wilhelmine Krueger Viérgutz, was born in Germany on December 31, 1868, and died in Columbus, Nebraska, on May 21, 1940. His parents brought him to the United States in 1871, when he was two years old, and the family located in Milwaukee. In 1876, they moved to Nebraska and located on a farm in Polk County. Gustavus W. had three brothers and two sisters: Anna Helene, who died on November 25, 1944, in Columbus; Mrs. Carl Korte, of Columbus, deceased; Robert and Ernst of Columbus; William, of Polk County.

Gustavus attended the rural schools in Polk County and came to Columbus in 1888, continuing his studies here for one year. In Columbus, he learned the carpenter's trade and followed that occupation as a contractor and bridge builder until 1898.

In 1898, he entered the employ of G. A. Hoagland, a lumber merchant, and remained with that company for the next ten years.

In 1908, he formed a partnership with J. F. Berney in the lumber business. He later acquired sole ownership of the company and was actively engaged in management of the business until 1940. Besides the Viergutz Lumber Company in Columbus, he bought a lumber yard at Platte Center in 1923, and in 1928, he added the lumber yard in Creston to his holdings.

He was a director and stockholder of the Commercial National Bank.

On May 1, 1906, he was elected a member of the board of directors of the Columbus Land, Loan, and Building Association. He was elected vice-president of the board on May 11, 1909, and was elected president on July 23, 1926, which office he retained until 1940.

Gustavus W. Viergutz was married in Columbus in the early 1890's*

Mr. and Mrs. Vicrgutz had three sons and two daughters: Walter, Arthur, Vera, Gustavus Jr., and Alva. G. W., Jr., of Columbus married Eleanor Glur and they had **one son and two daughters; Vera is the wife of C. F. Herrguth, of Columbus; H. Arthur, of Omaha, is married to Henrietta Rodehorst, and they have two daughters; Alva, Mrs. M. T. McMahon, Jr., lives in Dayton, Ohio; and Walter, born September 1, 1892, was married to Marie Gossard, at Des Moines, Iowa, and died on October 10, 1918, at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

Gustavus Viergutz held membership in the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and in the Wayside Country Club. He belonged to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus.

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