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Peter J. Dierckx, first Flemish settler in Taos, Missouri 1847

 Peter J. Dierckx, sr., was born at Ecloo, Belgium, April 5, 182S, from which place he immigrated at the age of nineteen to America, locating at Taos, in Liberty Township, where he engaged in business of a general merchant.

Two years later he returned to Belgium, coming again to America in 1850. June 22, 1852, he was united in marriage to Anna Helen Bekel in St. Francis church,Taos. There were born to this union eleven children; Henry Joseph, Charles L., Peter J., jr., Clem A., Emil J., August V.. Otillia M., Sophia C., Joseph F. and Frank G., nine of whom are still living. Henry .1. died September 20, 1888. One child died an infant. His wife. Mis. Anna Helen Dierckx, still lives at the old home at Taos , where she is postmistress, this office having been continuously in the family since 1854, excepting two years during the Civil war.

Mr. Dierckx was an excellent citizen and a successful financier, leaving his family at his death (April 10, 1886) a good estate, accumulated by his well directed efforts. In addition to his fine business qualifications, Mr. Dierckx was an exceptionally good citizen, in his family, social and business relations. He was one of the prominent and leading democrats of Cole county and active and loyal in the support of that organization. In this respect, his sons, who survive him, follow in his foot-steps, taking an active interest in the success of the democratic party. He was a faithful member of the Catholic church.

Mr. Dierckx met with heavy financial losses during the Civil war, and suffered many hardships; all the corn in his fields was taken by the Union soldiers, amounring to about 500 bushels, worth .25 dollar per bushel, also a fine mare, which was returned after the war. In july, 1867, his barn was destroyed by fire, burning all his wheat. four horses and a good mule; wheat was worth at the time, 3 dollar per bushel and flour 9.25 dollar per 100 pounds. During the war he retired from commercial business, and did not resume until the above mentioned fire occurred, when he engaged again merchandising, from which he retired and returned to farming, his favorite pursuit, in which he continiued until his death, at the age of fifty-seven years and fifteen days.

SOURCE/ The illustrated sketch book and directory of Jefferson City and Cole County; comp. and pub. by the Missouri ilustrated sketch book