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Emil Diercksen


Milo Twp.


     Emil Diercksen, a representative, enterprising and successful agriculturist of Delaware county, is the owner of an excellent farm comprising two hundred and forty acres on section 21, Milo township. His birth occurred in Germany on the 15th of June, 1852, his parents being Jacob and Doris Diercksen, who spent their entire lives in that country. He acquired his education in the common schools of his native land and there spent the first forty years of his life.
    In 1892 he brought his family to the new world, locating in Clinton county, Iowa, where he was employed as a farm hand for two years, while during the following three years he operated a rented tract of land in Jones county, this state. Subsequently he cultivated a rented farm in Delaware county for six years and on the expiration of that period purchased two hundred and forty acres of land on section 21, Milo township, which tract he has operated continuously and successfully to the present time. The property is all under cultivation and the well tilled fields yield bounteous harvests which find a ready sale on the market. He also conducts a dairy, the proceeds of which contribute materially to his annual income. His record is that of a self made man and should serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others, for the prosperity which he now enjoys is attributable entirely to his own industry and energy.
    Mr. Diercksen had been twice married before emigrating to the United States, first wedding Miss Ann Albertson, by whom he had two children: John, who is a resident of Minnesota; and Thomas, living in Plymouth county, Iowa. The wife and mother passed away in 1885 and subsequently Mr. Diercksen wedded Miss Mary Martensen, a native of Germany. By this union there are seven children, namely: Ernest, Lewis E., Fred H. E., Martin J., Ferdinand D., Anna M. and William H.
   In his political views Mr. Diercksen is a republican, staunchly supporting the men and measures of that party. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church, to which his wife also belongs. In this country he has found the opportunities which he sought and in their careful utilization has won a well deserved measure of prosperity, while his genuine personal worth has attracted many warm friends.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 209-210.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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