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As far as known, several other German families came to Quincy in 1833, namely: Christian Gottlob Dickhut, who was born in Muehlhausen, Thuringia, Germany, January 4, 1804. In the year 1828 he married Johanna E. Schmidt, also born in Muehlhausen, February 8, 1810. They came to America in 1831, locating in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1833 they came to Quincy and shortly afterward moved to the Mill Creek, seven miles south of the city, where Mr. Dickhut built a log cabin and went to farming. But he was taken down with malaria, and after suffering for a whole year, he tore down his cabin, brought the material to Quincy, where he rebuilt it and made his home in the city, where he occupied a prominent position in business, as a contractor and a merchant. While in the contracting business he, together with the early pioneers, Paul Konantz and Anton Guth, carried out the work of grading Main and Hampshire streets from Third Street to the river front, quite an undertaking, considering the high bluffs and the primitive implements of those days. During the "gold fever" of 1850, Christian Gottlob Dickhut, in company with his son Charles W. Dickhut, Charles Pfeiffer, and another pioneer, crossed the plains with two prairie schooners drawn by oxen.

After an absence of one year they returned by crossing the Isthmus of Panama, thence to New Orleans and from there by river to Quincy. Christian Gottlob Dickhut died in Quincy, August 12, 1878, his wife died August 17, 1885, in California, where she had gone with some of her children.

The text here is an excerpt from QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. pp 288 - 289.

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