He was a farmer of Battle Township, Ida County, Iowa, Section 23, and was born in Crawford County, Ohio, on April 19, 1846. When George was a lad of 10 years, his family came to Iowa and located near Lowden in Cedar County, later moved to Wheatland, Clinton County. In 1883, he came to Ida County and settled on new land. His cottage home is 14 x 20 feet, with an L, 14 x 16 feet. George’s father was John Grouell and his mother was Christena Weaber, natives of Germany.
Mr. Grouell was first married in October, 1870, in Clinton County, Iowa, to C. V. Brown, a native of Ohio; and a daughter of David and Fanny (Page) Brown. They had 3 children: Harry D., Fanny B., and Harmie P. Mrs. Grouell departed this life September 8, 1878.
He then married Mary A. Jamieson on August 10, 1882. She was born in Scott County, Iowa, daughter of Robert J. Jamieson and Jane Campbell. Her father was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, September 9, 1825 (his father was David Jamieson who came to Iowa in 1849). George and Mary had 4 children: Bessie J.., Willie J., Arthur N., and Nanny M. Mary A. Jamieson Grouell had brothers and sisters as: Nancy M. of Scott County, Iowa; William L., Battle Township, Iowa, Ida Co.; Robert M., Maple Township, Ida Co.; Sadie, wife of A. M. Crawford of Corwin Township, Ida Co.; and Mattie J., wife of John M. Carson, Clinton County, Iowa.