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RUPP, Henry - 1912 Bio (1849-1926)


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 9/27/2007 at 19:31:08

History of Jefferson County, Iowa -- A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Vol II, Published 1912, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago
Pages 48-49

Henry RUPP.

General farming and stock-raising have always engaged the attention of Henry RUPP, who owns one of the valuable and attractive homesteads of Lockridge township. He was born in Holmes county, Ohio, on the 9th of August, 1849, and is a son of John and Lena (BATEMAN) RUPP. His parents were both natives of Germany, whence they emigrated in 1848 to the United States, first settling in Ohio. There the father successfully engaged in farming for six years when in 1854 he removed with his wife and family to Jefferson county. Upon his arrival here he invested in two hundred acres of government land in Lockridge township, that he cultivated and improved until his death, meeting with such lucrative returns from his endeavors that he was later able to extend his holdings. He passed away on his farm in May, 1893, while the mother died in April, 1890.

Henry RUPP, who was only a lad of five years when he came to Jefferson county with his parents, obtained his education in the district schools of Lockridge township. When he had acquired such knowledge as was deemed essential for the pursuit of an agricultural career, he left school and gave his undivided attention to the operation of the home farm under the supervision of his father. In 1877, at the age of twenty-eight years, he began to work for himself, settling in Mongtomery county where he bought a farm that he operated for five years. In 1882 he disposed of his property and returning to Jefferson county bought the old homestead, containing three hundred and sixty acres of land, one hundred of this being located in Henry county and the remainder in Lockridge township. Here he has ever since engaged in general farming and stock-raising, in both of which he has met with most excellent success. He raises about seventy-five hogs annually and keeps fifty head of cattle and fifteen horses. Mr. RUPP takes great pride in the appearance of his farm and during the period of his occupancy has effected many improvements that have added greatly not only to the appearance but value of the property. His barns and outbuildings are substantially constructed and kept well repaired, while his residence is a comfortable farmhouse surrounded by neatly kept gardens and lawns, that afford a pleasing and inviting appearance. A man of progressive ideas and business sagacity, his place is provided with such modern agricultural implements as will lessen the labor and expedite the work connected with the tilling of the fields or care of the crops.

Mr. RUPP has been married twice. His first union was with Miss Josephine VORHIES, the event being celebrated in 1877. Mrs. RUPP was a daughter of Daniel and Malinda (AUSTIN) VORHIES, natives of Ohio, who were among the early settlers of Jefferson county. The father acquired some government land that he cultivated for many years, but he is now living retired in Mount Pleasant, this state, while the mother is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. RUPP there were born the following children: Hattie, the wife of Ernest RAUSCHER, a farmer of Lockridge township; Harlan E., a druggist at Botha, Washington; Harry, who is a blacksmith at Lockridge; Ida, the wife of C. F. BOGNER, a farmer of Lockridge township; Ernest E., who is living at home; and one who died in infancy. On the 8th of June, 1892, after an illness of eight days, Mrs. RUPP passed away. In 1896, Mr. RUPP married the second time, his present wife having been prior to her marriage, Miss Lizzie ACHENBACH, a daughter of Ludwig and Margaret ACHENBACH, who are mentioned at greater length in the sketch of Lewis ACHENBACH.

Both Mr. and Mrs. RUPP affiliate with the German Lutheran church, numbering many friends among its congregation. He is one of the highly respected and estimable citizens of Lockridge township, where he has resided during the greater part of his sixty-two years, the loyalty of his friends being a tribute to the character of the man whom they have known from boyhood.

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


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