SIMON W. DREISBACH.
Industry and honesty are necessary to a successful commercial life and they are as necessary to a successful life
as a farmer, and this thought is suggested by a consideration of the career of Simon W. Dreisbach, a leading farmer
of Madison township, Jasper county, Missouri.
Mr. Dreisbach is a descendant of an old Pennsylvania family, his grandfather, John Dreisbach, having been a native
of that state, and his father, Jacob E. Dreisbach, having been born in Union county, Pennsylvania, in 1823. About
1832 Jacob E. Dreisbach went from his native town in Pennsylvania to Pickaway county, Ohio, where he married Catherine
Wagner, who was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, a daughter of Jacob Wagner, who: had come out to Ohio from Pennsylvania.
Simon W. Dreisbach was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, in 1847, and came with his father's family to Jasper county,
Missouri, in 1870, when he was twenty three years old. The family lived in Madison township on the farm on which
our subject now lives. Mr. Dreisbach has two brothers, William and Isaiah, who. are in business in Carthage, Missouri.
Mrs. Paul Fellars of Madison township, and the widow of Rev. E. E. Condo (he having lost his life in a cyclone
while a Methodist Episcopal pastor at Marshfield, Missouri), of Toledo, Ohio, are his sisters. Mr. Dreisbach married
Miss Emma Ralston, a native of Hancock county, Illinois, born December 29, 1855, a daughter of Wesley and Charlotte
(Wade) Ralston, both also natives of that county. Mr. Ralston came with his family to Jasper county in 1870, and
at one time filled the office of county judge of this county. He is now a resident of Carthage. Mr. and Mrs. Dreisbach
have children as follows: Maude, born July 1, 1876, is now Mrs. M. A. Coonrod, of Joplin; Ethel, born January 19,
1878, is now Mrs. E. Robison, of Carthage; Gertrude was born January 30, 1881; Blanche, March 12, 1883; Lauren,
June 2, 1885; Winfred, February 7, 1891; Carlyle, October 6, 1893; and Lucile, June 27, 1898. Three of their children
have passed away: Lester, who was born November 10, 1879, and died July 5, 1880; Lottie May, born May 1, 1887,
who died on the 30th of March, 1891; and Verna Marie, born July 8, 1896, who died November 14th of the same year.
Madison township had an independent organization for three years, and during the last term of its existence Mr.
Dreisbach served his fellow citizens as township trustee. From 1884 until 1889 he farmed in Sedgwiclc county, Kansas.
He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Carthage, and in political affiliations is a silver Republican.
His mother died in 1892, aged sixty eight years, and his father, at the age of seventy eight years, is living in
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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