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Samuel Pieper
Born August 24, 1856


One of the finest residences in the town of, Olin is that occupied by Samuel Pieper, a successful farmer of Rome township. A native of Jones county, he has as a birthright that thrift and industry which are characteristic of the German race, and which are the first prerequisites in a man's make-up if he is to achieve success as a farmer. His father, Friedrich Pieper, was born in Hanover, Germany, and came to America in 1839. He located first in Ohio and then went to Indiana, where he became acquainted with and married Miss Catherine Ecker. She was a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, but had removed with her parents to Indiana. In 1854, shortly after their union, Friedrich Pieper came to Jones county, Iowa, buying a farm in Rome township, which he sold and then bought the one which remained his home until his death, in 1870. His widow lived until March 2, 1890, and had the pleasure of seeing her children, established in life and the condition of the country much improved.
Samuel Pieper was born in Rome township, August 24, 1856, and was one of a family of eight children. He remained at home through his youth and early manhood, receiving his education in the local schools and obtaining practical experience in meeting the problems of a farmer's life. At the age of twenty-four he started out for himself, buying a farm on sections 31 and 32, Rome township. There he made his home for twenty-one years, improving the land extensively and increasing its value many fold, and then removed to the farm he occupied in the same township until he retired to Olin in 1904. As the years brought him rich compensation for his toils, he has been able to add to his original tract until he now owns three hundred, twenty-two and a half acres, eighty of which lie in Cedar county, the remainder in Rome township. He has pursued general farming but has also made a specialty of raising and feeding hogs, a feature of his business which contributed substantially to his success.
In 1881 Mr. Pieper was united in marriage to Miss Alice Miller, who was born in Rome township. Her parents, L. K. and Mary Ann (Green) Miller, were natives of Ohio, but in 1844 came to this state when the fame of its agricultural possibilities was just spreading through the country. They entered into the spirit of the new life and lived to see the changes that the years have wrought, for the mother was not called from this world until May 22, 1902, when she was sixty-nine years of age, and the father is still living at the advanced age of eighty. Mrs. Pieper was one of a family of ten children, eight of whom are still living.
Mr. Pieper supports the principles of the Democratic Party, but is not an office seeker and has not given any time to public matters for the cares of his farm have made too great a demand upon his time and energy. He has not shirked hard work, he has spared no effort to raise the standard of his farm and its produce, and his home in Olin, which is modern and comfortable, is a slight but patent witness to the earnestness of his endeavors.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 601.

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