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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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N. DIEDRICH, foundry, Bloomington; Mr. N. Diedrich has probably shown more pluck and energy in carrying on his business through difficulties than any man in the city of Bloomington; he is a native of Germany, where the early part of his life was spent, and where he was educated and learned his trade; in 1852, he came to the United States, and located in Bloomington in 1856, and worked at his trade until 1860, when he started the Bloomington Foundry and Machine Shops; this establishment he ran for two years, then sold out and became foreman, which position he occupied until he took the Union Foundry; in 1874, this burned, causing a loss on his part of about $4,000; rebuilding on the same ground, he then contracted with the Ruttan Heating Co.; he did their work for two years, when they failed; this was a heavy loss for him, being about $15,000, though he retained the patterns of the Ruttan Co., and has since been manufacturing the heater himself; since conducting the business himself, he has met with very good success, his shipping facilities are good, being located near the I., B. & W. and L., B. & M. Railroads; the main building of the works is 100x200 feet, the whole containing an area of floor room of about 8,760 feet; he employs from eight to fifteen men regularly, and, during the busy season, many more. He has carried his business successfully through many difficulties; he is now ranking among the solid, successful manufacturers of the city of Bloomington.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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