Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
DRESCH, JOHN (deceased) - The efficiency of German-trained workmen cannot be equaled by any learning a trade in the United States. The training given there is so complete that those who have acquired a working knowledge of any trade in Germany find ready employment upon coming here. John Dresch, a cabinetmaker of Springfield, proved in his work the truth of these statements. He was born in Baden, Germany, January 1, 1832. His father was also a cabinetmaker and he and his wife spent their lives in Germany where they were born and died.
After receiving a good education in Germany, John Dresch was taught his father's trade, but realizing that there were better opportunities beyond the ocean, embarked for this country and first located in Pennsylvania. Later he came west, arriving in Springfield in 1861, and from that time on he made the city his home, becoming sincerely attached to it and its people. Upon being naturalized he embraced the doctrines of Democracy and never left the folds of that party. A devout Catholic, he was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, dying firm in its faith, August 10, 1908, and his remains were interred in Calvary Cemetery. Although at first in poor circumstances, he soon amassed considerable property, including the beautiful home at No. 514 West Carpenter.
While residing in Lancaster, Pa., Mr. Dresch was married February 8, 1857, to Mary Gamber, of that city, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Gamber. Mrs. Dresch was only two years of age when her mother died and four years when her father died. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dresch: Emma, born June 12, 1858; Frank, born Nov. 6, 1860, married Emma Davis and resides at Barry, Ill.; Elizabeth, born September 12, 1861, wife of Charles McBride, Superintendent of Calvary Cemetery; Rose, born June 29, 1863, wife of Frank Schuchardt, a fireman in the city fire department; Cecil, born June 30, 1867; Henry, born October 22, 1868, married Mary Peters, resides in Springfield, and is with the Reisch Brewing Company; Laura, born December 10, 1871; and Anna, born December 9, 1874, wife of William Bretz, cement contractor. Mrs. Dresch has two brothers and two sisters, all living in Lancaster, Pa. The Dresch family is one that stands well in Springfield and Mrs. Dresch was left in very comfortable circumstances by her husband. The home has been the family residence for a long time, and Mrs. Dresch has many pleasant memories connected with it.