NORTHWESTERN IOWA ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION VOLUME III 1804-1926
CHARLES EUGENE YEUTTER
Charles Eugene Yeutter, who is numbered among the most substantial and progressive business men of Spirit Lake, found no royal road to success, which he has attained only by indefatigable and long-continued effort and by the exercise of sound judgment in taking advantage of opportunities that came his way.
Born in Wurtemberg, Germany, on the 20 of February, 1877, he is a son of Gottlob and Frederika (Bauer) Yeutter. His mother died while he was still a child in his native land and when he was a lad of fifteen years he accompanied his father to the United States. He stopped in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while his father came on west to South Dakota, locating first at Garrettson, but later moving to Sioux Falls. He was a shoemaker by trade and followed that occupation after coming to this country. He died, as the result of an accident, in Sioux Falls in 1898.
Charles E. Yeutter went to work in a bakery in Philadelphia, learning the trade, and remained in that city six years. In 1898 he came west to Sioux Falls, where for about seven years he was employed at various occupations. In 1905 he bought a bakery in that city, in the operation of which he met with success that three years later he bought a block of land and a building in the business section of the town. He was employed as a baker in Watseka, Minnesota, for two years and eight months and after an absence of three years he returned to Iowa. Going to Emmetsburg, he bought a lot and erected a building, in which he conducted a bakery for six years. In 1921 he sold that business, retaining his property, and became a traveling representative of the Northwestern Consolidated Milling Company, selling Ceresota flour. He followed that line of work for about two years and in September, 1923, he bought his present bakery in Spirit Lake, in the operation of which he has been successful. He is now regarded as one of the most progressive and wide-awake business men of the city.
In 1904 Mr. Yeutter was married to Miss Rose Dumke, who was born in Turner county, South Dakota, and they have three children, Eugene Jacob, Lillian Helen and Wilbur Howard, the first two in high school. In 1924 Mr. Yeutter built a fine modern bungalow in Spirit Lake, as he expects to rear his family here because of the excellent educational facities. He is a member of Minnehaha Lodge, No. 5, A. F. and A. M., at Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Earnest Chapter, R. A. M., and Medean Lodge, No. 250, I. O. O. F. He belongs to the Spirit Lake Commercial Club and cooperates with his fellow citizens in all efforts to advance the prosperity and welfare of the community. He is an active member of the Presbyterian church and has so ordered his actions as to earn the sincere admiration of all who know him.