Starting as a boy on his own account John Eirp, who is now the owner of a valuable farm in Poweshiek county, worked
his way through many obstacles and attained a position of comparative independence. The efforts which he was obliged
to make: strengthened the muscles and also developed his character, so that he is today highly respected, not alone
on account of his success in business, but also because of his reputation for honest and straightforward dealing,
which is an asset greatly to be valued.
He was born in Keokuk county, Iowa, in March, 1860, a son of Andrew and Sarah (Johnson) Eirp, the former of whom
was born in Columbus, Ohio, and the latter in West Virginia. The father of our subject removed to Keokuk county,
Iowa, in 1858, and there engaged in farming for eleven years. He then moved to Missouri, but after two years returned
to this state and settled permanently in Poweshiek county, where he engaged in farming until his death, which occurred
in 1901. The mother is still living and makes her home in this county.
John Eirp received limited advantages of education in the district schools as he was obliged to begin working for
wages at the age of twelve years. He continued to work by the month until he was twenty eight years of age and
in the coursed of this time became thoroughly acquainted with all the details of farming and stock raising. About
1888 he rented land in Jefferson township, which he later purchased, and now owns a farm of two hundred acres.
The farm is beautifully located and is provided with modern improvements, making it one of the desirable places
of the township. He feeds cattle and raises Poland China hogs for the market. He also buys and sells horses and
is regarded as an expert in the various lines to which he devotes his attention.
In April, 1888, Mr. Eirp was married to Miss Ella H. Meyer, a daughter of Henry and Veronica (Buhl) Meyer. The
parents were both born in Germany and emigrated to this country. The father was a ship carpenter and became a successful
farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Eirp have six children: Ethel, who married A. M. McCarty, a farmer of Jefferson township,
and who is the mother of three children, Harry, Howard and Jessie; Maggie; Andrew; Orrin; Carrie; and James, all
of whom are residing at home.
Politically Mr. Eirp casts his ballot in support of the democratic party, the principles of which he endorses as
essential to the permanency and prosperity of the nation. He has through life been accustomed to work, having early
learned its value, and he and his estimable wife have reared their children so that they may become useful and
efficient members of society, willing to make sacrifices if necessary for the promotion of the comfort and happiness
of others, and also desirous at all times of performing their part in whatsoever station they may be found. Mr.
Eirp takes just pride in his family and in his farm, and as he is energetic and capable in whatever he undertakes
he ranks as one of the successful men of the county.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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