Lee County Biography

John A. Deeter


John A. Deeter, who is at present residing at Dixon, had his birth in Somerset County PA April 7, 1860. His father, Henry Deeter, was also a native of that place, as was his father, Samuel Deeter. The later-named gentleman was of German ancestry, and a farmer by occupation. The father of our subject was reared on the home farm and in 1863 removed to Ohio, where he purchased a farm in Ashland County and there continued to reside until 1880, when he sold out and came to Lee County, and is at the present time residing in Dixon.

Miss Sarah Ringler was the maiden name of our subjects mother. She was born in Southern Illinois, and was the daughter of Andrew Ringler, a pioneer of this State. Our subject was one in a family of ten children - Susan, Samuel, Henry, William, Howard, Irene, Curtis, Melvin and Daniel, who died in infancy; Irene passed away in her fourteenth year.

The original of this sketch attended the common schools of his district, and when 19 years of age learned the trade of sash, door and blind making, and, after completing his apprenticeship, lesed a building, and bought the fixtures of a gristmmill, in addition to which branch of business he kept a flour and feed store. January 13, 1887, he was burned out, and in February of the year he formed a partnership with G.d. Fletcher and engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors and blinds, continuing together until January the following year, when Mr. Fletcher sold his interest to Josiah Brink, the present firm being Brink & Deeter. They have a commodious building located on Water Street, which is provided with all the necessary machinery for doing a fine class of work. The mill is operated by steam and water power, the firm employing, at the present time, 20 men.

In 1883 our subject was married to Lizzie E. Taylor, who was born in Dixon, daughter of George & Susan Taylor. Two children, Louis J. and Laurence E., have been born to them. Mr. Deeter is a member of Forest Home Lodge, No. 137, A.O.U.W.

From Portraits & Biographical Lee County 1892 Pg 823

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