Louis Duttweiler, who has spent his entire life within the borders of Jefferson county, has been successfully
engaged in the feed business at Lockridge since 1902; and, for the past five years, has been identified with the
Lockridge Telephone Company, having charge of the local exchange. His birth occurred in Walnut township on the
27th of November, 1855, his parents being Louis and Sarah (Hetzel) Duttweiler; the former a native of Germany and
the latter of Ohio. Louis Duttweiler, Sr., who was born in Germany December 2, 1815, emigrated to the United States
in a very early day, locating in Ohio, where he remained for two years. On the expiration of that period, he came
to Jefferson county, Iowa, and entered eighty acres of land from the government at a dollar and a quarter per acre.
He cleared and improved the property, and continued its operation throughout the remainder of his life. As his
financial resources increased, owing to his untiring industry and capable management, he augmented his holdings
by additional purchase until, at the time of his death, which occurred July 31, 1889, he owned two hundred and
forty acres of rich and productive land. The demise of his wife had occurred on July 4, 1877.
Louis Duttweiler obtained his education in the district schools of Walnut township, this county, and remained under
the parental roof until he had attained his majority. Renting his father's farm at that time, he continued its
operation until 1901. During eighteen years of this period, he resided on a farm of ninety acres, in Lockridge
township, and placed many substantial improvements thereon. At the time of his father's demise, he received one
hundred and twenty acres of the old home place as his share of the estate but, later, sold the same. He still owns
his ninety acre farm, which he bought September 6, 1889, and moved on to it January 21 1890. This farm is situated
a half mile east of Lockridge and is operated by his son in law, Claude Teeter. In 1903, he came to Lockridge,
purchased property and erected a fine residence thereon. He was engaged in the livery business for two years and,
then, embarked in the feed business, which has claimed his attention up to the present time. Since 1906, he has
also had charge of the local exchange of the Lockridge Telephone Company and, in this connection, has proved himself
a man of splendid executive ability and unfaltering enterprise.
On the 11th of December, 1879, Mr. Duttweiler was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Eggenbarger, a daughter of John
and Johanna R. (Dubero) Eggenbarger. The father was a native of Switzerland and the mother of Prussia, Germany.
The father crossed the Atlantic to the United States in a very early day. He came direct to Jefferson county, Iowa,
and was employed as a farm hand in Lockridge township for several years, Eventually, he purchased land of his own
in Lockridge township, clearing and improving the same and devoting his attention to its cultivation, until 1907.
In that year, he put aside the active work of the fields and took up his abode in Lockridge, where he lived retired
until called to his final rest, December 29, 1909. His widow, who has now attained the age of seventy four years,
still makes her home in Lockridge. Our subject and his wife have one daughter, Sarah S., who is now the wife of
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, Mr. Duttweiler has supported the men and measures of the democracy,
believing firmly in its principles. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church,
to which his wife also belongs. Alert and energetic, Mr. Duttweiler is in close touch with all the interests which
are factors in the life of a progressive citizen and of the community at large; and is recognized as a forceful
factor for development and improvement in the locality where he makes his home.
Mr. Duttweiler had one brother and one sister; the former living in Pleasant Plain, Iowa. The sister was born December
8, 1859, in Walnut township, and died on the old home place, September 25, 1883.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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