The late Albert Puck who at the time of his demise was cashier in the German Savings Bank, was born in Scott county, Iowa, on the 20th Of April, 1863, and was a son of Peter and Catherine (Brockman) Puck, natives of Germany. The father, a farmer, emigrated to the United States in his early manhood, locating on a farm in Scott county during the pioneer days. There he passed away in 1865, the mother, also dying in Scott county. They were both members of the German Lutheran church and he voted with the democratic party. To Mr. and Mrs. Puck were born six children, in the following order of birth: Henry, who is a resident of Scott county; Minnie, who is deceased; Elizabeth, the wife of Peter Puck Scott county; Albert, our subject; Louis, also a native of Scott county; and Helena, the wife of Rathje Holling, of Colorado.
The boyhood and youth of Albert Puck were spent on the family homestead in Scott county, his education being obtained in the district schools of the vicinity. Like the majority of lads reared on a farm he was early assigned duties about the homestead, the responsibility of which increased during the passing years, so that when he laid aside his studies lie was well qualified to earn his living as an agriculturist. In 1892 he came to Carroll county, locating on a farm in Warren township in the cultivation of which he engaged until 1903, when he moved to Manning. Having decided to withdraw from active farming he purchased stock in the German Savings Bank, of which institution he was cashier until his demise, which occurred on the 15th of June, 1907.
On the 6th of March, 1890 Mr. Puck was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Stoltenberg, also a native of Scott county, her natal day having been the 11th of February, 1864. Her parents, Peter and Charlotta (Fey) Stoltenberg, were born in Germany, from which country they immigrated to America, settling in Scott county in 1848. The father was a farmer and soon after his arrival acquired some land which he continued to cultivate for many years. He passed away in January, 1889, but the mother survives and makes her home in Scott county. In politics Mr. Stoltenberg was a democrat, while he affiliated with the Lutheran church in which his wife continues to hold membership. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Stoltenberg numbers nine: Catherine, the wife of James Stoltenberg, of Cedar county, Iowa; Dora, who married Peter Goettsch, of Scott county; Mary, the wife of Henry Puck, also of Scott county; Minnie, who married John J Wunder, of Crawford county; Christina, the wife of Jacob La Freng, of Cedar county; Peter, also of Scott county; Annie, who is at home; Caroline, the widow of Albert Puck; and William, who is a resident of Scott county.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Puck was blessed by the birth of a son and a daughter: Albert Edwin, who was born on the 21st of November, 1892; and Clara Bonita, whose birth occurred on the 3rd of October, 1897. Both children were born on the farm in Warren township.
Mr. Puck was a member of the Masonic fraternity, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He was an ardent democrat and always gave his support to the candidates of that party. During the period of his residence in Manning he was elected a member of the school board, in which capacity he gave efficient service. A man of upright principle, genial personality and affable manners he was well adapted to the position he was filling at the time of his death, holding the esteem and regard of the patrons of the bank.