DAUB, JOHN M., dairyman and farmer within the city limits in the northern part of Jacksonville, was born in Butler County, Ohio, December 12, 1842, the son of Conrad and Catherine (Pfiel) Daub. His parents were both natives of Germany, the father being born in Hesse-Darmstadt, and emigrated from their native land to America in 1836. Conrad Daub had learned the trade of a cabinet-maker in the fatherland, and followed this trade for many years in Ohio, but later moved to the vicinity of Concord, Morgan County, Ill., where he engaged in farming. They had three children: Jasper, now a resident of Oklahoma; Mary Margaret, wife of Herman Lippert, a farmer of Morgan County; and John M. Conrad Daub continued to be engaged in farming until his death in 1878, at the age of seventy-two years-his wife, who survived him over two years, dying in 1881.
John M. Daub was reared as a farmer and a dealer in cattle, attended the country schools and began an independent agricultural career in 1863. He was married December 7, 1865, to Caroline Hackman, born in Cass County, Ill., and a daughter of George and Mary (Meyers) Hackman, both of whom were natives of Hanover, Germany. To Mr. and Mrs. Daub six children have been born, one of whom died in infancy, and a son, John Wesley, dying at the age of five years. Those living are: Anna Irene, Mary Luella, William Arthur and Zella Marie. Anna Irene married George McGregor and has one child, Pattie Irene. In 1888 Mrs. McGregor graduated from the musical department of the Woman's College, and is now engaged in teaching her specialty at Jacksonville. Mary Luella, who is the wife of H. C. Brice, studied music and voice culture in the Illinois College and is a dramatic soprano, singing in public under the name of Lucille De Alberto. She has further pursued her studies with Barabino in Chicago, with Madam Julia Talliafero at the Illinois Conservatory of Music. William Arthur married Wilhelmina Sibert, of Jacksonville, and assists in his father's business. Zella Marie is single and makes her home with her parents, but is studying music at the Illinois Conservatory.
John M. Daub continued in the farming business and in 1872 moved to his present house in Jacksonville. In 1879 he engaged in the dairy line, in which he has been very successful. He employs strictly modern methods, keeps from 30 to 60 head of Jersey cows, separated his cream by machinery and had fifteen acres of land within the city limits, besides renting considerable acreage. He is a Democrat in his political views and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.