IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.

John Jessen
Cass Twp.

John Jessen, general merchant, Strawberry Point, was born in Schleswig-Holstien, Germany, May 7, 1835. His parents, John Sr. and Anna Jessen, were likewise natives of Germany. He learned the boot and shoe maker's trade in Schleswig, and on May 12, 1857, embarked for America. He landed at New York, thence to Chicago, Ill., and from there to Valparaiso, Ind., where he engaged in the boot and shoe trade until 1864, when he settled in Strawberry Point. He built a store in 1870, and embarked in the general merchandising business, which he followed until 1876, then brought a farm in Delaware County, which he cultivated three years, then returned to Strawberry Point, prior to embarking in his present business; he engaged in the mercantile business in Brush Creek, Fayette County, Volga City, and Farrowsville, Delaware County. He was married in Valparaiso, Ind., on Oct. 15, 1860, to Agnes Marquardt. To them have been born seven children, five living-- Emma, William, Frederick, Agnes and Jessie. In politics Mr. Jessen is a Republican.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 697-698


Return to Biographies Index