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J. A. Dieter

J A Dieter, a prominent and extensive stock-feeder, of Crawford county, was born at Canton, Ohio, December 24, 1858, a son of George Dieter, a native of Germany. The latter was nine years of age when he came to the United States, and he now resides at Vail, Iowa. Our subject's mother, nee Ellen McKim, was born in New York city, and died at the age of thirty-six years, leaving five children, three sons and two daughters.

J A Dieter, the second child in order of birth, was reared and educated at Canton, Ohio. After completing his education he engaged at Farm labor and other work until 1878, and in that year removed to Jackson county, Iowa.

In 1881 he came to Crawford county, first purchasing 160 acres of land of Adolph Pound, later forty acres of a Mr Feederson, and in 1891 bought 360 acres of land, known as the James Isabell farm, one of the best known and most valuable farms in this part of the county, and about a year later, 120 acres known as the D Isbell farm.

Mr Dieter now owns 640 acres of land, which is well fenced and improved; has a model two-story residence, beautifully furnished, and located on a natural building site, and also has large barns and sheds. His farm is well watered by creek springs and wells, and the pastures would rival those of Kentucky, where he has 150 head of cattle. Mr Dieter is one the most extensive farmers and prominent men in his township.

He was married October 30, 1883, to Miss Tillie Pound, who was born on the ocean, in a voyage from Switzerland to the United States. She is a daughter of James and Caroline (Myers) Pound, natives of that country. The parents now live in Madison county, Nebraska. Mrs Dieter was reared in Stark county, Ohio, and Kane county, Illinois.

Our subject and wife have had four children: grace Agnes, Jesse Thomas, George Ernett and John Raymond. Mr Dieter is a Democrat in his political views, and religiously is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He is yet in the prime of life, intelligent and industrious, and one of the most popular citizens of his county.

Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties, Iowa; The Lewis Publishing Company; Chicago; 1893.

Submitted by Norm Prince