Note: Dyersville: Its History and its People (Published in 1939) Chris Christoph was born of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Christoph in Bavaria, Germany, in 1834. With them he came to America in 1844 and lived two years at St. Louis. In 1846 the Michael Christoph family came to New Wine Township and farmed one season in the McKee Settlement. Thereupon they came to the Christoph homestead about a mile and a quarter north of Dyersville, the present Henry Fangmann farm. Chris married Anna Stackerl at New Vienna on July 12, 1858. She was the daughter of Michael Stackerl and his wife, Anna Schindler, who came with the original Catholic settlers in 1846. Anna was born in Bavaria in 1837. After the death of his father, Michael, Chris fell heir to a parcel of the Christoph homestead, the part that is today the Henry Fangmann farm. Some years later Mr. Christoph left the farm and opened a blacksmith shop on West Main Street, Dyersville. In 1876 the Christophs moved to a farm in Clay County, Texas. Mrs. Christoph died in Amarillo, Texas on May 23, 1910, while her husband died in Childress, Texas on November 21, 1916. Both are buried at Amarillo, Texas. Their children were: Mary Caroline (Mrs. Sarles), Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Geo. W. Dale), Anna Barbara (Mrs. Shares Hunter), John Edward, Joseph Valentine, Louis Michael, Valentine Joseph, Anna Caroline (Mrs. Ed. E. Smith), all born at Dyersville. Born in Texas were: Emma M. (Mrs. John Wiley), Charles Anton, Lillie Mathilda (Mrs. W. E. Cox), and an infant Christoph.
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