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Trible Family

David Christian Trible born May 12, 1844 in Ohio.   His mother died between 1852 and 1856.  He would have been between 8 to 12 years old.   His younger years must have been both exciting and traumatic.  The move from Ohio to Sweetland, Muscatine County, Iowa, must have been a family adventure.   The family consisted of Father Christian, Mother Sarah, two sisters and four brothers. Today we can only imagine the hardships they endured.   A father and mother and six children, the youngest just a baby traveling from Ohio to Iowa.   There were no trains; it was by Stagecoach or Riverboats.   Since the rivers in Western Pennsylvania flowed into the Ohio River it served as a way of passage to the west.   It was this kind of dedication and hardship of this family that built this great country.

David Christian at a very young age had suffered through the death of his mother, and possibly a sister. Later his father remarrying.   The Civil War was beginning and there was an Army Fort close to Sweetwater.  Army records show David enlisted in 1862 and was rejected because of his age being only seventeen.  One year later on August 12, 1863 he enlisted at the age of eighteen. He was assigned to the 8th Iowa Calvary that was organized September 30, 1863 at Davenport, Iowa. He was mustered out at Macon, Georgia, August 13. 1865. David Christian returned home to Wapello, Iowa.

On 15 July 1866 he married Mary Saha, daughter of a German Immigrant Farmer. Mary had been born in Ohio. David and Mary moved to Cario, Iowa where five children were born.

Sadie - 2 June 1867, Married Will Deeter 24 Apr.1893

Emma - 11 Nov. 1869, Married Delmore Manning 15 Aug.1892

Elmer - 10 Dec1871, Married Merriam Jo Ames 13 Mar.1895

Katie - 11 April 1874, Married Charles Demmel 10 Dec 1997

Emanuel - 26 October 1876. Died 25 Apr.1900

In 1877, David Christian and Mary Ann moved to Waterloo, Iowa.   When they moved to Waterloo there was only one store.   Their home was at the east end of the Fifth Street Bridge over the Cedar River. There were four more children born at Waterloo.

Clara - 26 Sept. 1879, Died 20 Feb 1963

Arthur - 6 April 1882, Moved to Pennsylvania

Otis - 9 Sept. 1886 Died 11 Aug.1888,

Ethel - 23 Apr. 1890

Trible Home on Ninth Street, Waterloo

(L-R) Seated: Mary Ann Saha Trible, and daughter: Ethel 
Standing: Grandson Paul Manning 
Seated, Granddaughter: Madeline Manning 
This picture must be after death of David in 1892.   Ethel was born in 1890.