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.