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FENGLER, Ernest. (Germany-Evansville, IN, Aug. 1865). Fengler, father of George FENGLER, and his family immigrated to the United States in 1832 or 1833 and settled in Dubuque where he established himself in the ice business. Fengler also established the city's first market garden.

Upon the outbreak of the CIVIL WAR, Fengler and four of his sons volunteered for the Union Army. Assigned to different regiments, Fengler served a regiment commanded by Colonel Hecker. He died in Indiana from the effects of exposure brought on during his military service.