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Jesse T. Dieter

Although he is only twenty-four years of age Jesse T Dieter has charge of a large farm in Jackson township and manages it with an ability that is producing excellent returns. From his earliest recollection he has been connected with agricultural pursuits.

He was born in Jackson township, December 21, 1886, a son of John A and Tillie C (Pound) Dieter. The father, who was born in Ohio, came to Crawford county and acquired six hundred and forty acres in Jackson township but disposed of three hundred and twenty acres. He also became the owner of six hundred and ninety acres in West Side township and now makes his home in that part of the county. He is a man of unusually clear and sound business judgment and has met in his chosen vocation with well merited success.

There were ten children in the family of Mr and Mrs Dieter, namely; Grace, who now lives in Omaha; Jesse T, of this review; George, Raymond, Leonard, Edward, Lloyd, Ada May and Earl, all of who are at home; and James, who died in infancy.

Jesse T Dieter received his education in the district schools and remained at home, assisting his father, until he was twenty-one years of age. In 1907, having decided to begin farming on his own account, he rented two hundred and sixty acres of his father and later the entire three hundred and sixty acres which remains of the old homestead in Jackson township. He has managed his affairs to excellent advantage and carries on general farming and stock-raising, feeding and shipping cattle upon an extensive scale. He keeps a good grade of stock and receives fair prices for what he offers for sale. His prosperity is the result of constant and well direct effort.

On the 26th of May, 1909, Mr Dieter was united in marriage to Miss May McCalpin, a daughter of William and Catherine (White) McCalpin. Her parents are natives of St Louis, Missouri, and are now living in that city. There were twelve children in their family, eight of whom survive, namely; May, now Mrs Jesse T Dieter; William, Helen, Robert, Ruth, George, Joseph, and Francis, all yet at home. One child, Catherine, has come to bless the union of Mr and Mrs Dieter, her natal day being September 13, 1910.

Mr Dieter inherited characteristics of industry and persistence, which are so necessary in the attainment of any important object, and today he is recognized as a capable man of business, who cannot fail to become a prominent factor int eh development of Crawford county. He and his estimable wife are sincere members of the Catholic church. He gives his adherence to the republican party and is a strong believer in its platform. Socially he is a valued member of the Knight of Columbus and the Modern Woodmen of America.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.
Submitted by Norm Prince