George Eppelsheimer owns a fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres, in sections 22 and 23, Noble township. He purchased his land, which was then unimproved, in 1874. he now has a substantial buildings, a fine grove, an apple orchard, and a vineyard containing four hundred vines. Mr. Eppelsheimer was born in the month of November, 1817, in Germany. He attended school until fourteen years old, then commenced learning the trade of cabinet maker. He was married in 1841, to Rosina Stoft. After his marriage he engaged in farming in the summer, and working at his trade during the winter season, until 1856. In that year he left his native land and came to America, landing in New York, June 6th, of that year. He settled in Livingston county, Illinois, bought land in Reading township, built a house, and engaged in farming, until he came to Cass county, in 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Eppelsheimer have had seven children -- Philip, Elizabeth, Mary, Peter, Margaret, George and Henry. George died in Illinois, at the age of seven years. Elizabeth was married to Fritz Saemisch, and died in January, 1883. Peter was born in the same town as his father, December 3, 1848, and was eight years old when his parents came to America. He was reared upon the farm and received his education in the public schools. In April, 1878, he was married to Lucy Rulig, and the following fall, settled upon his present farm in the southwest quarter of section 23. He has all of the land under cultivation, a fine grove and fruit trees. They have had three children...Rosa, Walter and an infant (deceased). Henry is the only one born in America. He still lives with his parents. Philip was born in his father's native town, July 5, 1842, and was fourteen years old when the family came to America, and settled in Illinois, where he grew to manhood, and made his home with his parents until his marriage, in November, 1868, to Elizabeth Turke, a native of Germany. He bought sixty acres of land in Reading township, where he lived until 1873. He then sold out and came to Noble township. He purchased the northwest quarter of section 23, where he now lives. He has a well improved farm of two hundred and sixty acres, having added one hundred acres to his original purchase. They have two children -- George and Mary.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 677-678.