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Joseph Bierman

JOSEPH BIERMAN, a leading farmer and stock-raiser of Tilden Township, has been identified with the interests of Cherokee  county since the year 1873.  He did not emigrate from another State or country, but was born in the Hawkeye State, Clinton County, September 3, 1855 and is a son of Frank and Elizabeth Bierman, natives of Germany.  Joseph is the second of a family of six children and during his early life he attended school, and worked during the vacations in a factory.  At the age of eighteen he began life for himself, going to Cherokee County, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He worked by the month for six years and at the end of that time he purchased a tract of raw prairie in Tilden Township where he founded a home and where he has since resided.  He has improved the place with good buildings and has planted a fine grove of five acres, all the surroundings indicating thrift and prosperity.  Although a young man Mr. Bierman has attained an advanced position in business circles and is thoroughly deserving of the esteem in which he is held.  His entire time and attention are occupied with farming and stock-raising, and he has been very successful in these enterprises.  He is a firm adherent to the principles of the Democratic party.  Mr. Bierman was married February 14, 1882 to Miss Emma O'Neal, a daughter of Peter and Debbie O'Neal.  She was born in Livingston County, Illinois, October 16, 1862.  Four children have been born of this union:  Vennie, John, Roy and Harry.  Mrs. Bierman is an acceptable member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  It is indeed a pleasure to witness the realization of hopes and worthy ambitions; in attaining his present position Mr. Bierman has been dependent upon his own resources but has been successful in all his efforts.

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

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