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Joseph Desotel

Joseph Desotel is consistently to be accorded recognition as one of the progressive representatives of agricultural and live-stock industry in Clayton county, and his operations are carried forward on his well-improved farm in his native township of Millville, where his father established a home nearly seventy years ago, so that the family name has been identified with the civic and industrial history of the county since the early pioneer days. Joseph Desotel, Jr., the immediate subject of this review, was born in Millville township on the 6th of April, 1874, and is a son of Joseph and, Mary (DeBruiette) Desotel, both representatives of sterling old French families that were founded in the Dominion of Canada generations ago. The parents were born and reared in Montreal, Canada, and the father came to Clayton county, Iowa, about 1840. He purchased land in what is now Millville township, became one of the earliest settlers of that part of the county and there reclaimed and developed a productive farm. About two years prior to his death he removed to the village of Guttenberg, where he passed the remainder of his life in well-earned retirement and where he died in the year 1906, his wife passing away soon after and both having been earnest communicants of the Catholic church. Mr.
Desotel was a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party and served for some time as township trustee. Of the children the eldest is Lena, who is the wife of William Kiefer, their home being in the city of Chicago; Lucy is the wife of George Blodgett; Amelia is the wife of Jacob Franks, of Colesburg, Iowa; Louise is deceased; Louis is a resident of Guttenberg, this county; Maxim is deceased, the subject of this sketch having been the next in order of birth and the eighth child, Josephine, being deceased; August resides at Colesburg, William at Turkey River, John at Muscatine, George at Guttenberg, and Mary in the city of Dubuque; Elizabeth is the wife of Charles LaPage; Emma is also married; Nellie is the wife of Daniel McMullen, of Dubuque; and Edward resides at Guttenberg. Joseph Desotel, Jr., gained his early education in the schools at Turkey River and continued his association with the work of the home farm until he had attained to the age of twenty-two years, when he rented a farm and initiated his independent career as an agriculturist and stock-grower. Finally he purchased his present excellent farm, which comprises eighty acres and which is eligibly situated in Millville township, on rural mail route No.2 from the village of Guttenberg. With marked energy and progressiveness he is giving special attention to stockfarming, and is a successful breeder and grower of Durham and Galloway cattle and Poland-China swine. He is a Republican in politics and both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church. On the 16th of February, 1897, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Desotel to Miss Emma Timm, who was born in Millville township, on the 3d of October, 1874, and who is a daughter of Christ and Mary (Kieckbush) Timm, who were born in Germany and who became pioneer settlers in Clayton county. The father died on his homestead farm in Millville township and his widow now resides at Guttenberg. He was a Republican in his political adherency and was a lifelong communicant of the Lutheran church, as has been also his venerable widow. Mr. and Mrs. Desotel have five children: Charles, Emil, Otto, Hilda and Marie.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 87-88
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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