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John Deppe

Farmer & Stock Raising

Bremen Township



     John Deppe is engaged in the raising of high grade stock upon an excellent farm comprising three hundred and sixty acres, on section 4, Bremen township. The farm where he resides has always been his home, as he was born there on the 17th of November, 1870, a son of William and Bernadine (Schroeder) Deppe, both natives of Germany. The father emigrated to this country in 1851 and made his way direct to Delaware county, but after a short time he went to New Vienna, Dubuque county, where he found employment as a laborer for a few years. He desired to become a land owner, however, and carefully saved his money with that end in view, eventually being able to purchase a farm in Bremen township, Delaware county. The rest of his life was spent as an agriculturist. His wife came to the United States with her parents about 1843, when she was a child of five years. Their marriage occurred at New Vienna in 1858 and they had seven children, as follows: two who died in infancy; Anna, who married John Bruggemann, a farmer of Bremen township; John the subject of this review; Agnes, who became the wife of Henry Mormann, of Bremen township, and passed away in 1909; Bernadine, the wife of B. C. Goedken, of this county; and Mary, the deceased wife of John Koopmann, of Bremen township, her demise occurring in 1901. The mother died in 1904 and the father in 1909.

    John Deppe received a common school education and did his share of the work on the home farm, thus learning practical methods of agriculture. He has devoted his life to that occupation and has never had occasion to regret doing so as he has found it congenial and highly remunerative. He now holds title to three hundred and sixty acres of excellent land near Petersburg, which is in fine condition as he has taken care to conserve the fertility of the soil and has made many improvements. His home is one of the finest farm residences in Delaware County and is provided with hot water heat and gas, and is comfortably and tastefully furnished. The building itself is not only substantial but is well designed and of handsome appearance. He sells very little of the grain raised upon the farm as he feeds it to his stock. He raises and sells high grade cattle, horses, sheep and hogs and is known as one of the most successful stock raisers of the county.

     Mr. Deppe was married on the 30th of April, 1895, to Miss Marguerite Vaske, a daughter of Henry and Bernadine (Wente) Vaske, both of whom were natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Deppe became the parents of eight children: William; Nettie, Eleanora; J. Clemens; Emma; Aloysius, who died in infancy; Henriette; and Katherine, deceased.

     Mr. Deppe is a democrat and is the present efficient township clerk. Fraternally he belongs to the Roman Catholic Mutual Protective Association and has many friends not only in that organization but among the general public. His life has been one of tireless labor and strict adherence to high standards of conduct and the high respect in which he is held is but his just due. 



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 291-292. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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