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FRED S. DIEHL, D.D.S., of Lanark, Ill., is a bright, wide-awake young man, enthusiastic in his professional work and interested in public events and issues. He was born in Lanark, October 15, 1881, and is a son of Conrad and Sabina (Siaferth) Diehl, the former a native of Frankfort, Germany, who came to the United States in 1864, and settled in Carroll county. Conrad Diehl engaged in the harness-making business, conducting the same with success until 1891, when he moved to his farm near Lanark and carried on agricultural operations there until his death, November 25, 1905. He and his wife were parents of six children: Emma, who is the wife of Dr. Snively, of Lanark; Herman G., who is the owner of a drug store in Chicago; Charles W., who is a farmer of Carroll county; Fred S., and Frank E. who lives with his mother and conducts the home farm.

In 1901 Dr. Fred S. Diehl was graduated from the Lanark high school, and for three years thereafter was engaged in teaching in the schools of Carroll county. In 1905 he entered the dental department of the Northwestern University, of Chicago, and was graduated therefrom with his degree in May, 1908. Being influenced by his brother Herman to remain in Chicago, he opened an office on Addison avenue, which he continued eighteen months, but closed it on account of being able to purchase the practice of Dr. Stanley, who had been in continuous practice in Lanark for a period of twenty years. Dr. Diehl has succeeded in retaining the entire practice, and owing to his wide acquaintance in the eastern part of the county, has been able to add to it considerably. He is a member of the Northern Illinois State Dental Society, and while a resident of Chicago was an active member of the Chicago Odontographic Society, from which he resigned upon leaving the city. He is a Democratic politically but is willing to vote for the man rather than for party in local affairs and is actively interested in the welfare of his community. He has spent most of his life in Lanark, where he is well known, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who have been associated with him. He is conscientious and careful in his work and is able to retain any patients he treats.

Dr. Diehl was married October 30, 1912, to Miss Pearl E. Richardson, of Milledgeville, Ill., the only child of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Richardson, who reside on their farm four miles southwest of Milledgeville. She attended the graded schools in Milledgeville and also was in attendance for several terms at Francis Schimer Academy, in Mt. Carroll, and Mt. Morris college, Mt. Morris, Ill.

Contributed by Carol Parrish
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Company, 1913, p. 773.

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