Biography of Louis Duttweiler
Jefferson County, IA Biographies





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 Claude Teeter.

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.

From:
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement Vol II
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1914


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