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Theodore Soetje
Born August 16, 1841
THEODORE SOETJE, of the firm of Soetje & Tiarks, dealers in drugs, paints. oils, books and stationery, wall paper, Monticello; is a native of Schleswig Holstein, Germany, and was born August 16, 1841; he grew up to manhood there, and emigrated to America in 1862; he came to Lyons, Iowa, and remained there four years and came to Jones Co. and located in Monticello in November, 1866; he engaged in his present business, and has continued in it very successfully since then, and has built up a large and desirable trade; in 1869, he built the store he now occupies, and, in 1877, he built the store adjoining on the east, and, in 1876, he built a large and commodious dwelling, one of the finest in the city. When Mr. Soetje came to this country, he only had $50, and his success in life is owing entirely to his good management and attention to business. He has held the office of City Treasurer two years, and is a Director of the Monticello Bank. He married Miss Anna Oswold, a native of Prussia, in Linn Co., Iowa, May 3, 1866; they have three children—Edward, Oscar and Alberti.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 683.

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