Johann "John" & Elizabeth (Amsler) Diediker photographs donated by Debra LaFontaine.


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A photo of Elizabeth (Amsler) Diediker, born 13 Sept., 1821, Densburen, Switzerland and died 24 July, 1912, LeMars, Iowa. She was the daughter of Kaspar Amsler and Verena Pfister, the wife of John (Johann) Diediker and the mother of 11 children (7 still living in 1900): Jacob (died in infancy); Sarah Elizabeth (Mrs. Henry Schweppe); Samuel; John (Hans Jacob); Annie (Mrs. John Henry Geils); Barbara (Mrs. William Minor); Mary (Mrs. Lewis Pfaff); Jacob; George John (Johannes); Lena (Mrs. John Erwin Buehler) and Catherine Regina (Mrs. John G. Hermann).  She is buried in the Hungerford Twp. Cemetery, Plymouth County, Iowa with her husband.


Johann (John) and Elizabeth (Amsler) Diediker.

Johann was born May 11, 1820 in Thalheim, Switzerland to Hans Jacob Diediker and his wife, Susanna Wernli. Johann and Elizabeth were married in 1845 and came to America in 1861, settling first near Madison, Wisconsin for several years then on to Plymouth Co., Iowa. He died at their home in Hungerford township on April 27, 1892, of complications of age with the grippe, aged 72 years.

Johann (John) and Elizabeth Diediker. This is a Dabb studio photograph taken at the studio in LeMars. John died in 1892. This photo is circa 1890. 

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Friday, July 26, 1912, Page 1, Col. 4.

WAS A NONOGENARIAN -  Mrs. Elizabeth Diediker Dies At Advanced Age              

Mrs. Elizabeth Diediker passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Schweppe, on Wednesday, July 24, at the advanced age of 91 years, after a brief illness.  The funeral will be held on Saturday morning at 8:30 from the Schweppe residence on Fifth street.  Mrs. Diediker was one of the pioneer residents of Plymouth county, coming here in the early seventies with her husband, who preceded her in death more than twenty years ago.  She was a native of Switzerland, where she was born in the year 1821.  She and her husband emigrated to America and settled near Madison, Wis., where they lived some years before coming to Plymouth county.  For the past few years she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. H. Schweppe, and part of the time with her son, Sam Diediker, who lives near Crathorne.  Two other sons and daughters survive her. They are John Diediker, of Paola, Kan.; Geo. Diediker, of Leeds; Mrs. Kate Hermann and Mrs. Mary Pfaff of Sioux City.  The remains will be taken to Lincoln township and interred beside those of her husband.  Mrs. Diediker was well known among the early settlers of the county and was highly esteemed by many neighbors and friends.

LeMars Semi Weekly Sentinel, Friday, April 29, 1892, Page 4, Col. 3.


Diediker -- At his home in Hungerford township, Wednesday, April 27th, 1892, of complications of age with the grippe, John Diediker, aged 72 years. Mr. Diediker was a native of Switzerland and came to America in 1868 (sic-1861). He has been in Plymouth county fourteen years and besides the widow leaves four sons and five daughters. Two of the children, Mr. Samuel Diediker and Mrs. John Buehler live in LeMars. The deceased at the time of his death had twenty-seven grand children and four great grand children. The funeral took place from the residence today at 10 a.m.


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