Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

JOHN DAUB, dealer in country produce, wool, hides and furs, is a prominent business man of Effingham, one of its early settlers, who has long been identified with its interests, and well deserves representation in this volume. He is a native of Germany, his birth having occurred on the river Rhine, in Prussia, between Coblentz and Cologne, on the 19th of January, 1829. He is a son of Peter and Margaret (Fronetz) Daub, who were also natives of that part of Germany. The father was born in 1789, and died in his native country. The mother was born in 1802. She crossed the broad Atlantic to America, and her death occurred near New York City in 1870. Their family consisted of three children.

We now take up the personal history of our subject, who spent the early years of his life in his native land and acquired his education in its public schools. Soon after the death of his father he emigrated with his mother to the United States, landing in New York City, on the 7th of May, 1852. He was dependent upon his own resources, and for the first five years he traveled and worked in various States. In 1857 he came to Illinois and for a time stopped at Waterloo. From there he went into the Southern States, where he remained until the breaking out of the late war in 1861, when he returned to Illinois. He then engaged in traveling for several years, or until 1868, when he took up his residence in Effingham, where he has since made his home. The following year he embarked in his present line of business, and since that time has dealt in country produce, wool, hides and furs. In his undertakings he has met with good success.

On the 15th of April, 1869, Mr. Daub was united in marriage in Effingham with Miss Agatha Bussemeyer. The lady is a daughter of Henry and Mary (Meckman) Bussemeyer, both of whom were natives of Germany. Her father was born in 1797, and died in his native land in 1861, at the age of sixty-four years. Her mother was born in 1800, and was called to her final rest in 1887. Mrs. Daub claims Prussia as the land of her birth, she being a native of Westphalia. It was in 1867 that she left her old home and emigrated to America. Two children have been born of the union of our subject and his wife, a son and daughter: Herman, born in August, 1876; and Margaret K., born November 24, 1878.

Mr. Daub and his family are members of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and in politics he is a supporter of the Republican party. For the long period of twenty-four years, he has been prominently identified with the business and public interests of Effingham, where his upright and honorable course commands the respect and esteem of all with whom he has been brought in contact.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 530. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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