Dresbach is a fine representative of the young farmers of Carroll County who are
vigorously engaged in tilling its fertile soil, and in extending its already
immense agricultural interests. Our subject is successfully and profitably
managing his father's fine farm on section 13, Salem Township.
He (William H
Dresbach ) was born in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1860 and is the son of the
well known Henry S. Dresbach, who was born near Harrisburg, PA May 8,
1835. The mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Amanda Giddings, was born
in Warren County IL May 17, 1840. They first settled in Davenport Iowa where
they resided about two years and then removed to Rock Island. Mr. Dresbach was
engaged in his calling as engineer and machinist in that city for two or three
years and then took his family to Galesburg IL. They lived there about three
years, and in 1865 removed to Mt. Carroll and soon after settled in Salem
Township. Mr. Dresbach then turned his attention to farming and purchased a farm
of 160 acres on which he has erected a substantial set of buildings and made
many other valuable improvements. He has placed the land under excellent
tillage, and for several years was quite extensively engaged in stock-raising,
but now rents his farm to his son, as before stated. He and his family are
people of high standing in this community and it is the testimony of those who
know him well that he is an upright man whose life is without blemish. He is a
keen business man, and is Secretary of the Rock Creek Mutual Fire Insurance
Company. In politics he is a stanch adherent of the Republican party.
Religiously, he and his wife are valued members of the Baptist Church. They have
two children - William H. and Fannie E. The latter is the wife of Arthur Snow of Chicago.
Dresbach, of this sketch, was but an infant when his parents brought him from
his native State to Illinois and the most of his life has been passed in this
State. He received a good education in the public schools of Carroll County and
on his father's farm a good, practical training in the best methods of carrying
on agriculture, which he subsequently chose as his life-work. He brings an
intelligent, observant mind to bear on his work and keeps the farm up to the
same high standard that it had attained when it was under his father's control,
and he is meeting with the success that his active and well - directed labors
and Miss Belle M. Weidman were married in Mt. Carroll Jan. 28, 1886. Mrs.
Dresbach was born in Mt. Carroll, Oct. 12, 1863 and is a daughter of Daniel and
Maria (Miller) Weidman, residents of that township. Her parents have six
children - Harry C., Nora L., Franklin B., Belle M., Charles C., and Myrtle B.
is a young man of high principles, is well endowed physically and mentally and
possesses in a good degree those characteristics so essential to success in any
walk in life. In politics he is a sturdy Republican.
biographical album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois : containing
full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative
citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the
governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States.
Page(s) 838, 839 (form the Biography of his son, William H. Dresbach)