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John Teidrick

John Teidrick, a successful and enterprising farmer of Stoddard County, Mo., was born in that county September 11, 1850, and is the son of Charles and Polly (Harty) Teidrick. The father was an early settler of Stoddard County and came here when it was but a wilderness, locating in the woods, where J.B. Sutherland now lives. The land was entered from the government and transferred to Charles Teidrick, who worked at and improved his place until his death, which occurred in 1851. The mother died in 1852. Of their five children all lived to be grown, and four are now living: Fannie (wife of Z.T. Wilcox), Daniel B., Mollie (wife of George Houck) and John. The one deceased was named George. He was killed in the war, while on Price's raid. John Teidrick was reared to farm life, his parents having died when he was a babe. He was taken by his aunt, Sarah Miller, and remained with her about twelve years, when he went to live with his uncle, and there remained until sixteen years of age when he began working for himself. He rented land on shares, and by economy and industry soon accumulated sufficient means to enable him to buy out the heirs of the old homestead, where he lived for nine years. He then sold out and bought his present property, where he now lives, which consists, of over 132 acres of good land, eighty acres under cultivation, with good improvements and good buildings. A portion of this he cleared himself, and it is now a very fine farm. He was married in 1879 to Miss Addie Hobbs, a daughter of Solomon Hobbs, and by her he has one child, Otto B. Mr. Teidrick is an intelligent and enterprising citizen, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Thomas J. Toole

Thomas J. Toole, head miller of the Dexter Elevator Steam Roller Mills was born in Madison, Jefferson Co., Ind., January 9, 1859 and is the son of Thomas and Bridget (Bryan) Toole, both natives of Ireland. They immigrated to America at an early day, and located in New Orleans, remaining a short time and going thence to Madison, Ind., when it was yet in the woods. Here he learned the miller's trade, which he carried on for nearly forty years. He is still occupied in milling in the firm of W. Trow & Co., of Madison, Ind. He is the father of eight children, seven living: John, Mary, Clara, Maggie, Thomas, Michael and Elizabeth. Thomas was reared in Madison, where he served a two year's apprenticeship at the milling trade, but started in when about twelve years of age. He went from there to Louisville, Ky., and was in the employ of Gripp, Jones & Co., for two and a half years, when the firm changed to Gripp & Son and Mr. Toole remained three years longer for this firm. He then went to St. Louis and was engaged with Kehlor Bros., until March 1885, when he came to Dexter, where he has since been the foreman of the Elevator Mills for Cooper & Jorndt. Mr. Toole is a practical miller, with many years' experience and turns out the best flour in this part of the State, supplying all the home demand, besides shipping a great deal to Arkansas. He was married November 5, 1880, to Anna M. Bott, of Madison, Ind., by whom he has had three children, two of whom are living, Gertie and Frankie. Mr. and Mrs. Toole are members of the Catholic Church.

Martin Tropf

Martin Tropf was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 1833, and is the son of Martin and Annie Mary Tropf, natives of Bavaria, Germany. They passed their entire lives in their native country. The father was a farmer and served as a soldier under Napoleon for eight years. He was in many battles, and was on the way to Waterloo but arrived there too late to participate in that battle. He was in the campaign to Moscow, Russia. He died when Martin, Jr., was ten years of age, and his widow when Martin was twelve years of age. Martin remained on the farm until eighteen years of age, when he immigrated to the United States, and lived in New Orleans about nine years. He then came to Stoddard County, Mo., where he has since resided. He bought a half interest in eighty acres of land and to this has since added 240 acres, which under his care has been well improved. In 1864 he enlisted in company A. of the Fifth Missouri Infantry, of the Federal army, and served one year. January 10, 1869, he married Miss Freiderica Doratha Magdaline Julia Gross, a daughter of August Gross. She was born in Germany, November 2, 1848 and died in Stoddard County, Mo., January 7, 1884. She came with her parents to Illinois, when a young girl. They afterward settled in Cape Girardeau and finally in Stoddard County. Her father was a farmer. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died leaving six children: Martin William, Edward Arnold, August Randall, Jacob David, Emil Arthur and Clara Alma. Those deceased are Lillie R. and Charles. Mr. Tropf is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a member of the wheel, and is a Democrat in his political views.

Thomas J. Ulen

Thomas J. Ulen, dealer in hardware, furniture and agricultural implements, at Dexter, was born in Alexander County, Ill., December 8, 1847, and is a son of Samuel and Margaret (Thompson) Ulen, both natives of Kentucky, and of Scotch-Dutch descent. The former early removed from Kentucky to Scotland Co., Mo., where he remained about three years, then immigrating to Illinois, and dying in Pulaski County, in 1868. The mother died the same year. Samuel Ulen was a farmer by occupation, which he carried on nearly all his life. He had eleven children, five of whom are living: Hamilton, Frederick, Benjamin, Matthew and Thomas J. who was reared to farm life in Illinois. He was also engaged in saw-milling for some time. In 1864 he enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Forty-third Illinois Infantry, and served until the close of the service. He was in Memphis at the time Forest made his raid there, but participated in no engagement. He also had five brothers who served in the late war: James was killed in the battle of Corinth, Hamilton, Samuel (deceased), was shot through the right shoulder with a musket ball at the battle of Corinth, Benjamin and Matthew. Thomas J., after being discharged, went back to Illinois, where he remained until 1874, then coming to Dexter, Mo., where he has since resided. He was engaged in the manufacture of lumber until 1878, when he embarked in the hardware trade, which he has since carried on. He occupies six buildings or nearly one half of a block. These buildings are all stocked with different kinds of goods for conducting the business in which he is extensively engaged. He has been very successful in his undertaking since coming here, and is one of the largest merchants in Stoddard County. Mr. Ulen married Miss Laura Fitzgerald, a native of Illinois, and they have two children, Thomas and Louis. Mr. Ulen is a member of the K. of H. and the Masonic fraternity.

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