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Subject: [SDDATA] Sd-Lincoln Co. Bios (Voegeli)
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Lincoln County, SD Biographies.....Voegeli, Thomas, Jr. 1854 -
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Author: Geo. A. Ogle & Co. (1897)
THOMAS VOEGELI, JR. One of the most attractive rural homes in Pleasant township,
Lincoln county, is that of the gentleman above named. The estate which he
occupies consists of 200 acres, 120 acres of which are under cultivation, is
located in section 27, and on every part of it neatness and order prevail, good
fences enclosing and subdividing the land. The residence in which live our
subject and his estimable wife and family, was built in 1893, at the cost of
$1,200 and is constructed according to modern ideas of beauty, comfort and
convenience. A fine grove surrounds the house, and a thrifty orchard also adorns
the property, both of which were planted by the enterprising owner.
Thomas Voegeli, Jr., is a native of Switzerland and was born September 6,
1854. He grew to manhood in the old country, and there received a common-school
education, working for a manufacturing concern during his more mature years, and
later becoming watchman in a cotton factory. In the spring of 1875 he emigrated
to America, and located after his arrival at Milwaukee, Wis., where he secured
employment with a dairyman for ten months. In April of the following year he
came to Dakota territory, and took up as a homestead the property whereon he has
since resided and now lives. He first built a log shanty for shelter, but as he
had no means of his own was compelled to work out for others part of the time in
order to make both ends meet. He also succeeded in getting ten acres of his own
land broke and planted, but as the grasshoppers made short work of the result of
his labor, he went to Iowa for a few months, having been offered a situation there.
In 1878 he took an important step in his career, this being his marriage to
Miss Anna Mary Bloomer, a native of Switzerland, born in 1858. Mrs. Voegeli is a
daughter of Jacob Bloomer, who now makes his home with his daughter and
son-in-law. After their wedding, the young couple took up their domestic life
permanently on our subject's homestead, and there they have since lived. Four
children have been born to this congenial union who are yet living, viz.: Jacob,
Thomas P., Margaret and Ida. The children are all being given good schooling to
fit them for the battle of life, and the family are members of the Reformed
church of Switzerland.
Our subject has been exclusively engaged in farming, and although he
commenced with empty pockets, practically speaking, and was unfortunate enough
to arrive in the territory when the grasshoppers caused such devastation; he
was, however, a good manager, carefully regulating his receipts and
expenditures, and is now one of the prominent and well-to-do members of the
community. He does a mixed agricultural business and raises also some high grade
cattle, as well as draft and road horses, having some fine specimens of the
latter now in his possession. He has served as a member of the school board, now
holding the office of treasurer of that body, and politically is a Republican of
the truest and straightest type.
MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
Turner, Lincoln, Union and Clay Counties,
Containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and
Representative Citizens, with a Review of their Life Work; their Identity with
the Growth and Development of these Counties; Reminiscences of Personal History
and Pioneer Life; and other Interesting and Valuable Matter which should be
Preserved in History.
GEO. A. OGLE & CO.
Publishers, Engravers and Book Manufacturers.
Biography is the only true history.EMERSON.
A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will
never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote
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