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John Dippold


John Dippold, a member of a prominent German family of Bois Brule Township, Perry County, was born in Germany in 1842, and is a son of J. M. and Lena (Poehner) Dippold. The subject of this sketch is one of a pair of twins.

The other, John Frederick, also resides in Bois Brule Township. The family of children are Barbara, wife of Adam Long; Frederick, who lost his life in the Federal Army as a member of the Twelfth Missouri Cavalry; John and John Frederick, and Elizabeth, wife of John Hof.

The mother died in Germany, and the father, with his children immigrated to America, reaching Perry County in 1854. Here he entered land upon which he lived and died. His children grew to maturity and married in the county, and with the exception of Frederick are living and own good farms.

John first enlisted in the Federal Army as a member of Company A, Fourth Missouri Militia, but later was in Company B, Sixty Fourth Enrolled Missouri Militia.

After having almost become a confirmed bachelor his marriage with Mary Poehner was celebrated on February 24, 1879. Their union has been blessed by the birth of four children: Lucy C., John T., Ernest P., and Arthur H., all of whom were born on the present homestead.

Mr. Dippold has a farm of 360 acres on which is a pretty cottage which is graced by one of the neatest and best of wives. She is the daughter of John F. and Annie (Snider) Poehner, both now deceased.

The parents were married in Perry County, but were born in Germany. Seven children were born to them, of whom five are living: John, who married Annie Gruder; Margaret, wife of Anton Christison; Sophia, wife of Peter Hanson; Mrs. Dippold and Philip.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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