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Early Oklahoma Forestry page

The Dierks empire began in this country in the 1850s.  Peter Henry Dierks immigrated to the US in 1852, and became a farmer in Iowa.  His sons John (in 1879) and Hans (in 1881) left farming for the lumber business.  They established a series of lumberyards in southeast Iowa, then followed the rail lines into Nebraska and in 1886 followed the new railroad into Broken Bow, Nebraska.  Then they began constructing railroads and eventually decided to purchase tracts of timber …