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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Marcus H. Thiele.

Marcus H. Thiele, a well known farmer of Eureka township living on section 22, is a representative of one of the old families of the county, his parents being Christian and Mary Thiele.  His birth occurred on the farm where he still makes his home and in his youthful days he was a pupil in district school No. 8, where he mastered the branches of learning that usually constitute the common-school curriculum.  During the periods of vacation he worked in the fields and he remained at home until he reached the age of twenty years, assisting in all the departments of the farm work.  He then took up agricultural life on his own account and for six years rented land in Jackson township, after which he returned to Eureka township and again cultivated a rented farm for four years.  On the expiration of that period he bought a farm in Benton township, Cass county, Iowa, on which he lived for two years, after which he disposed of that property and came to Eureka township, purchasing the place of one hundred and sixty acres upon which he now resides.  In its cultivation he met with success and after two years was able to add seventy-five acres to his original holdings.  He now has a well improved farm property of two hundred and thirty-five acres and carries on general farming and stock-raising, both branches of his business proving profitable.  For several years he bred and raised pure blooded trotting horses.

On the 25th of September, 1901, Mr. Thiele was united in marriage to Miss Edith Madison, a daughter of John and Annie (Church) Madison.  The father, a native of Indiana, is a representative of an old American family.  He is a farmer by occupation and was one of the early settlers of Adair county, taking up his abode in Eureka township at an early period in its development.  There he engaged in general farming until 1910, when, with a handsome competence acquired through his labors, he retired from active life and removed to Fontanelle, where he is now living.  His wife is a native of Illinois, but they were married in Iowa.  The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Thiele has been blessed with two children:  Andy, who was born December 28, 1903, and is now attending the district schools of Eureka township;  and Mervin, born December 2, 1910.

Mr. Thiele votes with the democratic party and wide reading keeps him in touch with the political situation of the country, and he is an active party worker in his community, serving as a member of the township central committee.  He has been director for one year.  Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows lodge at Fontanelle and he enjoys the warm regard of his brethren of that organization.  He is yet a comparatively young man, but he has made for himself a creditable place in the business world and has gained an enviable position in the regard and goodwill of his fellow citizens, among whom the greater part of his life has been passed.



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