Thomas Ephraim Dresbach 1838 - 1917

Thomas Ephraim Dresbach, a prominent business man of Mount Carroll and a member of the firm of Dresbach & Hollinger, grocers of that city, is an appreciative and honored Mason, and has advanced in this ancient order until he has attained the rank of Sir Knight.


Mr. Dresbach was made a Master Mason in Cyrus Lodge, No. 188, in 1872. He joined Jacksonville Chapter in 1873, in which body he filled the office of Master of the Third Veil for two terms. Also at Jacksonville he had the degrees of the commandery conferred upon him, Hospitaler Commandery, No. 31, performing the work which made him a Knight. At the institution of Long Commandery, No. 60, he became one of its charter members and has since affiliated with it. He has always taken a deep interest in Masonry, has practice its principles in his every-day life, and is held in high esteem by the brotherhood.


Mr. Dresbach is a native of the Keystone state. He was born a Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, November 21, 1850, and is of German extraction, his parents being Simon Dresbach and Frances nee Bowman, natives of Pennsylvania and descendants of early settlers of that state. In the year 1865 Simon Dresbach and family came out to Illinois, and here two years later he died, leaving a widow and seven children. His life was one of activity and great usefulness. He was a minister in the United Brethren church and the greater part of his life was engaged in pastoral work in Ohio. The subject of our sketch is the youngest of their family of seven.  He was educated at Campbell Academy and in the schools of Mount Carroll, and has all his life been engaged in mercantile pursuits, spending eleven years in business in Jacksonville and fourteen years at Mount Carroll. Both he and his partner are genial and obliging, employing only the best and most honorable business methods, and are therefore justly entitled to the success they have attained and the high esteem in which they are held.


Mr. Dresbach owns and occupies one the pleasant residences of Mount Carroll. He was happily married October 12, 1875, to Miss Susie F. Sutton, a native of Jacksonville, Illinois, and their union has been blessed with seven children, four of whom are living, viz.: Grace C., Lutie K., George T. and Walter S.


Politically, Mr. Dresbach is a republican, stanch in his support of the principles of this party and interested in all that pertains to the welfare of the country.  For two years he served Mount Carroll as city treasurer.  He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are also identified with the Order of the Eastern Starr, that popular auxiliary of Masonry which was organized to give a working place to the wives, daughters, mothers, widows and sisters of Master Masons.  Mrs. Dresbach has been honored with official position in the star chapter.

A compendium of Freemasonry in Illinois : embracing a review of the introduction, development and present condition of all rites and degrees; together with Biographical Sketches of distinguished members of the Fraternity.  Volume II
Edited by George W. Warvelle
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company 1897

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