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Thomas Jefferson "T. J." Gipple

Thomas Jefferson "T. J." Gipple

Male 1859 - 1947

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  • Name  Thomas Jefferson "T. J." Gipple  [1, 2
    Nickname  T. J. 
    Born  15 Jul 1859  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  1860  [1
    Biography  1911  [2
    History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911 
    • The cultivation of his home farm consisting of two hundred and eighteen acres engages the attention of Thomas Jefferson Gipple, who was born in Louisa county, Iowa, on the 15th of July, 1859. He is a son of J. S. and Margaret (Hoover) Gipple, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Louisa county, Iowa, in 1850, and located in Port Louisa township, where for many years the father was engaged in farming. The mother passed away on the 3d of February, 1897, at the age of sixty-nine years, but the father still survives and continues to make his home in Letts. Of the eleven children born of their union only five are living.

      Thomas J. Gipple was reared like the majority of farm lads, acquiring his education in the common schools and assisting in the work of the fields. He remained at home with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age and then farmed as a renter for three years. At the expiration of that period he bought the Auracher homestead located on section 23, Elm Grove township, where he is making a specialty of the feeding and raising of stock. His is one of the well improved and highly cultivated properties of the township.

      On the 24th of April, 1884, Mr. Gipple was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Auracher, who was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. She is a daughter of Christian and Mary (Buzzard) Auracher, the father a native of Germany and the mother of Pennsylvania. Mr. Auracher emigrated to the United States with his parents when a lad of two years and was reared and educated in the Keystone state, where he was married. Accompanied by his wife and family he removed to Iowa in 1868, locating on the farm now belonging to his son-in-law, Mr. Gipple. Here Mr. Auracher passed away on the 23d of September. 1879, and his wife on the 21st of July, 1901. They were the parents of six children. To Mr. and Mrs. Gipple have been born three sons and a daughter, in the following order: Frank V., who is a resident of this township; Joseph H., a farmer of Louisa county; Winnie, the wife of L. B. Hall. also of this county; and Taylor J., who is attending the Winfield high school.

      The family attend the Evangelical church, in which the parents hold membership. and Mr. Gipple affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America, being identified with Camp No. 3145, Columbus Junction. He gives his political support to the candidates of the republican party, but, never having been an aspirant for official honors, he does not actively participate in township affairs. Mr. Gipple has met with good success in his ventures and is regarded as one of the substantial and capable agriculturists of Elm Grove township.
    The Biography of Thomas Jefferson 'T. J.' Gipple (1859-1947)
    The Biography of Thomas Jefferson "T. J." Gipple (1859-1947)
    Arthur Springer, History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911, Volume II, Illustrated; With Biographical Sketches of Some Prominent Citizens of the County (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 224-229.
    Newspaper Article  13 May 1920  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Boy Injured by Automobile.

      Monday evening the eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Wolfe, living northwest of town, was severely injured by being run over by an automobile.

      He and a number of other children were returning home from school at Oakland and chasing back and forth across the road. An automobile driven by Tom Gipple approached from the west and just as the car reached the school children, the Wolfe lad suddenly darted across the road in front of the car. The car passed over him.

      Fortunately his injuries proved no more serious than a couple broken ribs and cuts about his face and head.
    • A bridge in Louisa County is named for the Gipple family, constructed due to the petition of T. J. Gipple:

      See URL: (10/2012)

      In 1879, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors granted a petition by Thomas Stronach and other local residents to change the location of a county road in Elm Grove Township southwest of Columbus Junction. The changed alignment carried the road over Buffington Creek, necessitating the construction of a new bridge in the summer of 1881. With its timber pile construction, the structure was predictably short-lived. Eleven years after its completion, nearby stone quarry owner T.J. Gipple petitioned the county for a new, more substantial bridge at this crossing. In April 1893 the board of supervisors opened bidding for a new iron bridge. A contract to supply the truss superstructure for this crossing--and for the County Line Bridge over Long Creek in Columbus Township-- was awarded to the Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Cost: $1,174 for the two spans.) Using steel components rolled in Pittsburgh by Carnegie, Gillette-Herzog fabricated the medium-span pony trusses and erected them by September 1893. Both spans have since carried county-road traffic in essentially unaltered condition.
      With its pin-connected detailing and Pratt design, the pony truss on the Gipple's Quarry Bridge typifies iron bridge construction in Iowa from the early 1890s. What distinguishes this structure from most of its peers is its unusual lower chord configuration, with the end panels sloped downward from the bearing shoes to the center panels. Only a handful of spans employing this Pratt truss variation has been identified by the historic bridge inventory. The Gipple's Quarry Bridge is thus technologically significant as a well-preserved, early, unusually designed example of wagon bridge construction in Iowa [adapted from Fraser 1991].
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [1
    • Name: Gipple, T. J.; Sex: M; Born: 1860; Died or Buried: 1947; Age: 87; Buried: Columbus City (township = Columbus City); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page CC-55; Notes: 1860-1947; husband of Elizabeth
    Died  1947  [1
    Buried  Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I39572  All Families
    Last Modified  5 Mar 2014 

    Family  Elizabeth Auracher,   b. 1856, Northampton County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944 
    Married  24 Apr 1884  [2
    >1. Frank Vincent Gipple,   b. 2 Apr 1885, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1973, Henry County Memorial Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Joseph H. Gipple,   b. Abt 1887,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >3. Winifred Gipple,   b. 1890, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967
    >4. Taylor Jefferson Gipple,   b. 22 Dec 1892, Columbus Junction, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1947
    Thomas Jefferson 'T. J.' and Elizabeth (Auracher) Gipple
    Thomas Jefferson "T. J." and Elizabeth (Auracher) Gipple
    This photograph of T. J. and Elizabeth Gipple, probably taken about 1900, was published in Arthur Springer's 1911 book, History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911, Volume II. T. J. and Elizabeth's children were Frank Vincent, Joseph H., Winifred, and Taylor Gipple.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F14697  Group Sheet

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    Thomas Jefferson 'T. J.' Gipple
    Thomas Jefferson "T. J." Gipple
    T. J. Gipple was the husband of Elizabeth Auracher. He and she married April 24, 1884. They had four children. T. J. lived from 1959 until 1947.

  • Sources 
    1. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 224-229 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S13111] Wolfe, Atlee Paul - Injuried by Automobile Driven by Thomas Gipple, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, May 13, 1920; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).