General farming and stock raising have always engaged the attention of Henry Rupp, who owns one of the valuable
and attractive homesteads of Lockridge township. He was born in Holmes county, Ohio, on the 9th of August, 1849,
and is a son of John and Lena (Bateman) Rupp. His parents were both natives of Germany, whence they emigrated in
1848 to the United States, first settling in Ohio. There the father successfully engaged in farming for six years
when in 1854 he removed with his wife and family to Jefferson county. Upon his arrival here he invested in two
hundred acres of government land in Lockridge township, that he cultivated and improved until his death, meeting
with such lucrative returns from his endeavors that he was later able to extend his holdings. He passed away on
his farm in May, 1893, while the mother died in April, 1890.
Henry Rupp, who was only a lad of five years when he came to Jefferson county with his parents, obtained his education
in the district schools of Lockridge township. When he had acquired such knowledge as was deemed essential for
the successful pursuit of an agricultural career, he left school and gave his undivided attention to the operation
of the home farm under the supervision of his father. In 1877, at the age of twenty eight years, he began to work
for himself, settling in Montgomery county where he bought a farm that he operated for five years. In 1882 he disposed
of his property and returning to Jefferson county bought the old homestead, containing three hundred and sixty
acres of land, one hundred of this being located in Henry county and the remainder in Lockridge township. Here
he has ever since engaged in general farming and stock raising, in both of which he has met with most excellent
success. He raises about seventy five hogs annually and keeps fifty head of cattle and fifteen horses. Mr. Rupp
takes great pride in the appearance of his farm and during the period of his occupancy has effected many improvements
that have added greatly not only to the appearance but value of the property. His barns and outbuildings are substantially
constructed and kept well repaired, while his residence is a comfortable farmhouse surrounded by neatly kept gardens
and lawns, that afford a pleasing and inviting appearance. A man of progressive ideas and business sagacity, his
place is provided with such modern agricultural implements as will lessen the labor and expedite the work connected
with the tilling of the fields or care of the crops.
Mr. Rupp has been married twice. His first union was with Miss Josephine Vohries, the event being celebrated in
1877. Mrs. Rupp was a daughter of Daniel and Malinda (Austin) Vohries, natives of Ohio, who were among the early
settlers of Jefferson county. The father acquired some government land that he cultivated for many years, but he
is now living retired in Mount Pleasant, this state, while the mother is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Rupp there were
born the following children: Hattie, the wife of Ernest Rauscher, a farmer of Lockridge township; Harlan E., a
druggist at Botha, Washington; Harry, who is a blacksmith at Lockridge; Ida, the wife of C. F. Bogner, a farmer
of Lockridge township; Ernest E., who is living at home; and one who died in infancy. On the 8th of June, 1892,
after an illness of eight days, Mrs. Rupp passed away. In 1896, Mr. Rupp married the second time, his present wife
having been prior to her marriage, Miss Lizzie Achenbach, a daughter of Ludwig and Margaret Achenbach, who are
mentioned at greater length in the sketch of Lewis Achenbach.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Rupp affiliate with the German Lutheran church, numbering many friends among its congregation.
He is one of the highly respected and estimable citizens of Lockridge township, where he has resided during the
greater part of his sixty two years, the loyalty of his friends being a tribute to the character of the man whom
they have known from boyhood.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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