I am William Richard Houdek and new to the list. My grandfather, Richard M.
Houdek with wife, Lucy Elizabeth King & children, Glenn, Raymon & Gertrude
lived in McGregor with his father, Wenzel. They were involved in the Pearl
Button business, how extensively, is not known. Am told they dug for clams
in Walkon Junction and then had a button factory in McGregor. They were
there only a short time around 1890-1901; Wenzel died October, 1901 and was
removed to Washington, Iowa for services and burial. My father, Paul King
Houdek was born February, 1902 in Muscatine where the family ran a
My information about Clayton County is sparse but will contribute what I may
have of interest. My grandmother, Lucy was from Louisa County. My wife's
folks came from Scott county & Dubuque Counties.