Buena Vista County, IA
USGenWeb Project

Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 615-16.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Marshall P. Typper

The industrial interests of Sioux Rapids finds [sic] a worthy representative in Marshall P. Typper who is engaged in the manufacture of brick and tile.  Carefully noting every opportunity that has come to him, he has worked his way steadily upward and is today in control of a profitable and growing concern which constitutes a feature in the business upbuilding of Buena Vista county.  A native of Illinois, he was born in Warren, Jo Daviess county, on the 21st of October, 1864, his parents being Thomas Campbell and Mary (Potter) Typper, both of whom are natives of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  In the year 1861 they arrived in Jo Daviess county, Illinois, where they now reside.  The family is of Welsh descent although represented in this country for many generations.


Marshall P. Typper was the third in order of birth in a family of four children and was educated in the common schools, while in the periods of vacation be assisted in the farm work until twenty-one years of age.  He then started in business on his own account, taking up general agricultural pursuits in Franklin county, Iowa.  He was not very successful during the first few years of his farm adventure, owing to the fact that the land was low and wet, but finally through the advice of a friend who was engaged in the manufacture of tile he commenced draining his land through that process and from that time forward he met with gratifying prosperity in his work in tilling the ground.  In a few years his fields brought forth rich produce and his well directed labors were therefore crowned with merited success.


In 1905 Mr. Typper sold his farm in Franklin county and turned his attention to the manufacture of brick and tile.  He has a large and well equipped plant and though the output is quite extensive, it is hardly sufficient to supply the demand of the trade.  The product is of excellent quality, and his straightforward business methods and reasonable prices also constitute features in the success of his enterprise.


Mr. Typper was married November 25, 1894, to Miss Lizzie Evans, a daughter of Henry and Mrs. (Gordon) Evans who were natives of Wales.  Leaving that little rock-ribbed country they came to the new world and settled in Jo Daviess comity, Illinois, at an early period in its development.  Mr. and Mrs. Typper have become parents of a son and daughter, Claude Henry and Alma.  Mr. Typper votes with the republican party, for he believes that its principle are most conducive to good government.  His social nature finds expression in his membership in Sioux Rapids Lodge No. 574 I. O. O. F.


His friends are many and the number is continually increasing, owing to his genial disposition, his unfailing courtesy and deference for the opinions of others.  He is a man of broad mind, progressive in his citizenship and liberal in his ideas, who enjoys the full respect of his business colleagues as well as social acquaintances and his life record has at all times been one that would bear close inspection and scrutiny.