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He was born September 18, 1835 to George Peter Zupp (a native of France), and Elizabeth Zeuder of that country. They came to America and located in Pennsylvania. C. C. Zupp was born in Lancaster County, Pa., and when he was 3 years old they went to Wyandot County, Ohio. Three years later, they moved to Hillsdale County, Michigan. At the opening of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Eighteenth Michigan Infantry. After its close, he returned to Michigan, and moved to Buchanan County, Iowa. In 1869, he moved to Section 3, Douglas Township, Ida County, Iowa.
At the time of 1869, Ida County cast only 32 votes, and only 3 families resided in Douglas Township. The Judge John H. Moorehead lived at the west edge of where Ida Grove was built later, and there were no homes between Mr. Zupp’s farm in Douglas Township and Mr. Moorehead’s home. The hardships experienced with pioneer life was common then.
Mr. Zupp, at the age of 19, first married Jennie Crawfoot, a native of New York, and a daughter of Seth and Ann Eliza Crawfoot. To this union was born two children: A. D. and Ida. In 1867, Mr. Zupp was united in marriage with Julia Crawfoot, a sister of his former wife, and they had the following children: Jennie (wife of M. G. Sherman of Cushing, Ia); Jessie; Will; Blanche (wife of Charles Herrington); Belle (Mrs. Mertell); and Pearl. The wife and mother died in 1883.
George Peter Zupp, the father of C. C. Zupp, was a veterinary surgeon by profession, and was a soldier under Napoleon Bonaparte, also in the Mexican War. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had 8 children: C. C. Zupp; George P., W. Z.; Christiana; Margaret; Caroline; Henry; and John.