George R. Deihl, who has lived retired in Wapello since 1896, was successfully identified with general agricultural
pursuits throughout his active business career and is still the owner of five hundred acres of valuable land in
Louisa county. His birth occurred in this county on the 27th of October, 1857, his parents being John and Margaret
(Jamison) Deihl, the former a native of Franklin county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio. John Deihl, who
was born on the 21st of November, 1808, came to Louisa county, Iowa, in 1836, purchasing and locating on a tract
of land comprising one hundred and sixty acres. He won a gratifying measure of prosperity in the conduct of his
agricultural interests and added to his holdings by purchase from time to time until at his death he owned twelve
hundred acres of rich and productive land. In 1845 he visited his native state on horseback, riding via Chicago.
When he passed away on the 16th of September, 1878, the community mounted the loss of one of its most substantial
and esteemed citizens.
George R. Deihl attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and at the time of his father's
demise took charge of the home farm, which later came into his possession. The further cultivation and improvement
of that property claimed his attention throughout his active business career and his undertakings as an agriculturist
were attended with excellent results. He still owns five hundred acres of well improved land, all under a high
state of cultivation. In 1896 he put aside the active work of the fields and removed to Wapello, where he has since
lived in honorable retirement. He has, however, made several trips west to the coast and has also sojourned in
the east. Mr. Deihl is a stockholder and director of the State Savings Bank of Wapello.
On the 1st of January, 1880, Mr. Deihl was united in marriage to Miss Eva E. Dotson, a native of Louisa county
and a daughter of Basil and Mary (Davison) Dotson, who were born in Pennsylvania and England respectively. They
came to this county in 1844 and here spent the remainder of their lives, Mr. Dotson passing away in March, 1872,
while his wife was called to her final rest in April, 1896. Their union was blessed with fourteen children, seven
of whom are yet living. Mrs. Deihl was the youngest member of the family. By her marriage she has become the mother
of five children, as follows: Blanch A., the wife of Stephen Pandel, of Louisa county; John D., the cashier of
the. State Savings Bank of Wapello; J. Ross, who was graduated from business, college and is now an employe of
Armour & Company of Chicago; Frank W., who is now a high school student; and Margaret M.
In politics Mr. Deihl is a republican and his fellow townsmen have chosen him for public office. He has ably served
on the board of supervisors and has been connected with the school board for fifteen years. Both he and his wife
are well and favorably known throughout the county in which they have spent their entire lives, the circle of their
friends being almost coextensive with the circle of their acquaintances.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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