MATILDA (TWILLMAN) AND HENRY KLUTER
Portrayals by Renae (Schlumbohm) & Steve Brown (Great-great-grandson of the Kluters)
Born in Germany in 1843 and 1837, Mattie and Henry Kluter were married in Guttenberg, Iowa in 1867. While living in eastern Iowa, they had 2 children. In 1870, Henry came to Sioux County, claimed homestead land and built a cabin in the SE 1/4, Sec. 6, Reading Twp. (south of the farmstead now owned by his great-grandson Lloyd Eilts). In 1871, he, Mattie and the children came to Sioux County via covered wagon – with a pig inside and a cow tied behind.
Henry and Mattie had 5 additional children while living here. They were founding members of St. John’s & St. Paul’s Lutheran churches and encouraged many of their German friends and relatives to settle near Ireton. Although there are no longer any descendants with the Kluter name in Ireton, many of their great; great-great; and great-great-great grandchildren still live here.