History of Clayton County,
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
In June, 1854, the county was shocked by an
attack upon Sheriff Drips, who was
knocked senseless on the deck of the boat Henrietta when he attempted to serve
papers on the officers at McGregor. He
was set adrift on a log raft near Clayton and might have died but for three
passengers who left the boat and rescued him.
The last days of the year  were saddened by
the sudden death of Captain T. G. Drips of Clayton.
He ate breakfast as usual with the family and went to the river for water
for his team. Being gone longer
than usual, he was looked for, and found dead, reclining against a board pile
along the river. Mr. Drips was born
in Pennsylvania, in 1820. He served
with distinguished bravery as an orderly sergeant in the Mexican war, and come
to Garnavillo in 1849. He served as
deputy sheriff and was for four years sheriff of Clayton county.
He was the captain in the Twenty-seventh Iowa and made a good record,
resigning after two years' service on account of ill-health.
William Duwe has been a resident of Clayton county since he was a lad of about ten years, and he has maintained his home in the county for more than sixty years, within which he has won for himself distinctive independence and prosperity, shown himself loyal and upright in all things and thus gained inviolable place in popular confidence and good will. He is now living virtually retired in the village of Clayton and is well entitled to representation in this history. Mr. Duwe was born in Germany, on the 28th of March, 1843, and is a son of George and Fredericka Duwe, who immigrated to America in 1853 and established their home in the pioneer German colony at Guttenberg, Clayton county. The mother lived only three weeks after the arrival of the family in America, and of her nine children five are now living. The father eventually became one of the representative farmers of Clayton county, and here his death occurred about the year 1875. William Duwe gained his rudimentary education in his native land and after the coming of the family to America he attended the pioneer schools of Clayton county for some time. He continued to assist his father in the work of the home farm until he had arrived at his legal majority, and he then rented a farm for one year. He next purchased a farm, but after residing on the same about one year he traded the property for a house and lot in the village of Guttenberg, where he established his residence in 1865 and where he continued to remain until 1872, when he sold his property at Guttenberg and removed to the village of Clayton, where he conducted a hotel and retail liquor business for many years and with marked success. He retired from active business in 1897 and he and his wife have since lived in peace and prosperity in their attractive village home at Clayton. Mr. Duwe is a staunch advocate of the principles and policies of the Democratic party, was for a number of years a member of the school board and has served several terms as township trustee of Clayton township, a position of which he is the valued incumbent at the time of this writing. He gives liberal support to the Catholic church, of which his wife is a devoted communicant. In the year 1863 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Duwe to Miss Mary Ann Osterdock, who was born in the state of Indiana and who was a child at the time of the family removal to Clayton county, where her parents passed the remainder of their lives on a farm, she being now the only one living of their three children. Mrs. Duwe is a daughter of Dominic and Mary (Cabel) Osterdock, the former a native of France and the latter of Germany. Upon coming to America the parents established their home in Indiana, where they remained until 1846, when they became pioneers of Clayton county, Iowa, where they passed the remainder of their lives, as previously stated in this context. In conclusion is entered brief record concerning the children of Mr. Duwe, and incidentally it may first be stated that they have six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Of their children the firstborn was George L., who died at the age of thirty-three years; Amelia L. is the wife of Christ Beckman, who is now manager of a pump factory in the city of Des Moines; Anna M. is the wife of Edward J. Crawford, of Dubuque; William H. resides in the city of Spokane, Washington, and is employed as an inspector in the service of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company; Elizabeth E. is the wife of Floyd Duff and they maintain their home in the city of Portland, Oregon, Mr. Duff being in the employ of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company.