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Tobias Bejasch

That most picturesque and beautiful country, Switzerland, is the birthplace of many worthy and respected citizens of these United States, among them the subject of this brief biography, Tobias Bejasch.  He was born May 27, 1856 and is the son of John and Dorothy Bejasch.  Until seventeen years of age he resided in his native land, being trained to the practical business of farming.  In 1873 he came to America with his father and one brother, his eldest brother having come over in 1871.  They arrived in July 1873 and journeyed on to Iowa, settling in Monticello, Jones County; there they abode seven years and in 1880 came to Cherokee County.  Mr. Bejasch purchased 160 acres of land in Silver Township, on which he resided three years; in 1883 he bought 160 acres in Tilden Township, which had some improvements and since that time he has made his home there.  He has made many valuable improvements and the farm is one of the best fenced in the township; he has added eighty acres to his first purchase in Tilden Township, making 240 acres in all.  He is a live, energetic man, and occupying his time exclusively with farming and stock-raising, his efforts have been attended with universal success.  Politically Mr. Bejasch is non-partisan, casting his vote for the man he thinks best qualified for the duties that will devolve upon him in filling the office in question.  He received at the time of his father's death, in 1876, forty acres of land, but with this exception he has accumulated all his property through his own efforts.  And although a young man, he stands today in the front ranks of Cherokee County's substantial and reliable citizens. He was reared in the Reformed Church.

 Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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