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PFEIFFER, Orian C. - 1912 Bio (1877-1944)


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 9/26/2007 at 14:25:40

History of Jefferson County, Iowa -- A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Vol. II, Published 1912, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago
Pages 475-476

Orian C. PFEIFFER, who owns and operates a well improved farm of seventy-two and a half acres on section 11, Locust Grove township, is a worthy representative of a family that has been prominently identified with general agricultural pursuits in Jefferson county for about seven decades. His birth occurred in Walnut township, this county, on the 21st of February, 1877, his parents being John and Mary (SINN) PFEIFFER, who have spent their entire lives in Jefferson county. The father was born in the same residence in which the birth of our subject occurred and on the same farm where he still resides, the property being located one mile west of Merrimac, Iowa. He has been successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career and is well known and highly esteemed in the community. His wife was born on a farm three miles south of Brighton. Jacob PFEIFFER, the paternal grandfather of O. C. PFEIFFER, was a native of Germany and emigrated to the United States in the '40s, coming direct to Jefferson county, Iowa, and locating on the same farm on which Mr. and Mrs. John PFEIFFER now reside.

Orian C. PFEIFFER obtained his education in the district schools of Walnut township and afterward assisted his father in the operation of the home farm until he had attained his majority, also working as a farm hand for others. In 1901 he rented a tract of land from J. A. Beck in Center township, this county, being actively engaged in its cultivation for three years. Subsequently he rented the farm of his father-in-law near Fairfield, operating the same for one year. In 1906 he bought a tract of seventy-two and a half acres on section 11, Locust Grove township, the further cultivation and improvement of which has claimed his attention continuously since. He carries on general farming and feeds all his grain to stock, which he sells to shippers.

On the 1st of January, 1901, Mr. PFEIFFER was united in marriage to Etta LOUTH, who was born near Lockridge, Jefferson county, and who attended school at Polk Corners and Brighton. Her parents, Simon P. and Elizabeth (JORDAN) LOUTH, are both of German desdent and natives of Jefferson county, the former born near Four Corners and the latter near Germanville. Simon P. LOUTH, a farmer by occupation, resided in this county for thirty years and then removed to Washington county, where he made his home for sixteen years. On the expiration of that period he returned to his farm six miles west of Fairfield. In the spring of 1911 he took up his abode in the city of Fairfield, where both he and his wife now reside.

In politics Mr. PFEIFFER is a stanch republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church of Brookville, to which his wife also belongs. They have an extensive circle of friends in the community where they have spent their entire lives, the hospitality of the best homes being cordially extended them. Mr. PFEIFFER enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the progressive and substantial young agriculturists of Locust Grove township and is undoubtedly destined for a prosperous career.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.


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