Biography of John Plank


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JOHN PLANK was born at Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, in 1808. He came to America in 1831, remaining at Detroit one year. In 1832, he came to Chicago with the Ebinger brothers. He was the third to build a house at Dutchmanís Point, on a claim just north of Christian Ebingerís. Here he carried on farming to some extent for a few years, and kept whisky, which he sold to Indians and travelers. When he left Dutchmanís Point he went to Missouri, and there became a convert to the Methodist Episcopal Church. In Missouri he preached on license for some two years, and then went to Wisconsin, in which State he remained four years. He then went to Chicago, where he remained four years as presiding elder of the German Methodist Church, and was then sent to Iowa. He remained in Iowa until 1883, when he was sent to Dakota, where he still resides. His sister, Elizabeth, was married to John Ebinger, while he was married to Miss Elizabeth Ebinger.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.