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Jacob G. Rupp


A well tilled and highly cultivated farm on section 17, Jefferson township, pays tribute to the agricultural skill of Jacob G. Rupp, who is there engaged in general farming and stock-raising. His property is known as Evergreen Stock Farm and comprises two hundred and forty acres of valuable land, reflecting everywhere the careful supervision and practical labor which the owner has bestowed upon it. Mr. Rupp’s birth occurred upon this property, August 4, 1869, his parents being Jacob and Mary (Negel) Rupp, natives of Germany, the former born in 1833. The father grew to manhood in his native province and about the year 1855 came to America, settling first near Rochester, New York, where for some years he worked upon a farm. About 1866 he came to Iowa and bought one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 17, Jefferson township, a property which he cleared and improved. He afterward added to his holdings from time to time until he accumulated two hundred and forty acres, upon which he continued to reside until 1908, when he rented the homestead and retired. He is now making his home in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His wife, who was born in Germany and came to America in her childhood, died in Iowa about the year 1910.

Jacob G. Rupp was reared upon his father’s farm and in his childhood learned the best agricultural methods by aiding in its operation. He married when he was twenty-eight years of age and then rented land which he developed and improved for three years. In 1900 he removed to Winneshiek county, this state, and there rented two hundred and forty acres, upon which he resided for twelve years. During that time, however, he had purchased the old homestead from his father and in December, 1912, moved on to the property, turning his attention to its further improvement. He has fenced the fields with woven wire fences, has added to the buildings, which he keeps always in good repair, and has erected a fine new garage. In addition to general farming he conducts also an extensive business in buying the shipping stock, dealing in cattle, hogs and a good grade of Belgian horses. His dairy interests are also large and are well managed, for Mr. Rupp is a man of resourcefulness and business ability, and most assiduous in the conduct of his interests.

In Jefferson township, in the same house in which he now resides, on the 15th of September, 1897, Mr. Rupp was united in marriage of Miss Leona Davis, who was born and reared in Allamakee county. They have become the parents of six children: Mabel C., who is a student in Waukon high school; Frank M.; Doris L.; Gladys L.; John Jacob; and Helen Irene, who died in Winneshiek county in 1905, at the age of six months.

Mr. Rupp is a devout member of the Presbyterian church and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party. A capable business man as well as agriculturist, he has so intelligently directed his labors during the period of his active career that he is now recognized as one of the substantial and representative citizens of the community in which he resides.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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