William H. Dresbach 1860 - 1950

William H. 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 was born in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1860 and is the son of the well known Henry S. Dresbach, who as 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.

Wm. 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 deserve.

Mr. Dresbach 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.

Our subject 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.

Portrait and 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.

Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1889.
Page(s) 838, 839

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