Biography - Joseph Duschel
JOSEPH DUSCHEL, farmer, P. O. Jonesboro, was born March 26, 1852, in Schwanenstadt, Upper Austria. His father, Joseph Dusschel, Sr., was born in Bavaria. He was the proprietor of the Emperor's iron-workers at Kanfing, in Austria. He had gained that position through his industry, fidelity and skill as a mechanic. He finally sold out; and, in 1854, came to the United States, settling in Union County, Ill., where he bought a farm, and tilled it till his death, which occurred in 1872. He was married twice; the first time to Magdalena Grahamer, who died while crossing the ocean; the second time to Theresa Fuerthbauer. Five children of his first wife are yet living; their names are Magdalena, Anna, Mary, Louisa and Joseph. The oldest child, Magdalena, was married in this country to F. L. Terpenitz, who was a nobleman's son, of Russian descent. He was a Government employe during the late war, and died in the South of fever. His two surviving daughters, Amalia M., born March 21, 1865, and Josephina L., born June 11, 1867, were educated in the St. Joseph's Convent, at Baton Rouge, La., and are now living with their mother at Joseph Duschel's, in Union County, Ill. Our subject, Joseph Duschel, went to school in the German settlement in Union County, Ill. He has been a farmer all his life. He was joined in matrimony September 10, 1876, in Alexander County, Ill. to Miss Malinda Cole, who was born in June, 1858, in Alexander County, Ill., and died November 16, 1882, in this county. She was the mother of one little girl, named Ida, who was born December 24, 1879. Mr. Duschel is a quiet, industrious man, who enjoys the respect of his neighbors. He has a farm of 120 acres of land, on a part of which he raises fruit. In politics, he is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 97-98.