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Jonathan Bichel
Born 3 July 1824
JONATHAN BICHEL, retired farmer, Anamosa; is a native of Berks Co., Penn., and was born July 3, 1824; he grew up to manhood there, and went to Michigan and lived two years; then removed to Ohio. In 1846, he was united in marriage to Miss Catharine Brunner, the daughter of John G. Brunner, a prominent man in Fairfield Co., Ohio; they lived in Ohio until 1859, then came to Iowa and located in Linn Co. and engaged in farming; Mrs. Bickel died April 20, 1870; they had seven children, only two of whom survive—Isaac J. and Eli F., both living in Linn Co. After the death of his wife, Mr. Bickel sold his farm, and, in the spring of 1879, came to Anamosa. When he began life he had nothing. He still owns a farm in Linn Co. and has money out at interest.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 650.


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