From the "History of Huntington County, Indiana 1914"
An expert in his calling, John C. Etzold has been connected with the Circuit Court of Huntington county for almost a decade of years, and his services in the capacity of court reporter have been of a nature to earn the hearty commendation of the officials with whom he has been associated. His present high efficiency has been attained through constant application, untiring study and steady perseverance, and he has been able to develop his powers of concentration to a high degree. Mr. Etzold is a native son of Huntington county, having been born in the city of Huntington, December 11, 1873, one of twins of the eight children who formed the family of Charles and Pauline (Welz) Etzold.
Charles Etzold was born in Germany, and as a lad left the Fatherland in company with his parents, the family emigrating to the United States and settling in the city of Syracuse, New York. There Mr. Etzold grew to manhood, receiving a common school education and early learning the trade of shoemaker. He there also met and married Pauline Welz, who had also come to the United States from Germany as a child, and after his marriage Mr. Etzold continued to reside in Syracuse for a number of years. Finally, however, deciding that he could find better opportunities in the West, he migrated to Indiana, and, settling in Huntington, established himself in business as a shoemaker. He was an earnest and thrifty workman, possessed of the honesty and industry of his race, and while he did not amass a fortune was able to keep his family in comfort and to give his children good educational advantages.
For this reason he won the esteem and respect of those with whom he came in contact. Mr. Etzold died in August, 1900, while the mother followed him to the grave, May 1, 1902, and both were laid to rest in Huntington.
John C. Etzold received his primary education in the German Lutheran school at Huntington, and subsequently became a student in the high school here, from which he was graduated with the class of 1894. Following this, he entered the Huntington Business University, where he paid special attention to typewriting and stenography, and graduated in 1897. Mr. Etzold secured a position at this time in the offices of Chicago Railways, at Chicago, but after four years returned to his native city. During this time he had worked assiduously to increase his speed and efficiency, and when he returned he was prepared to take the position of court-reporter, to which he was appointed by James C. Branyan, in January, 1904. The able manner in which he has since discharged his duties has left no reason for the making of a change, and through the different administrations that have followed, he has been found at his accustomed position in the Circuit Court. While acting in this capacity, he has gained considerable knowledge of law, both criminal and civil, as well as an extensive acquaintance with the citizens of Huntington county. Mr. Etzold is unmarried.