John Theobald, proprietor of the Vienna Bakery and Confectionery, of De Soto, is a son of John George and Barbara (Martin) Theobald, and was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1838. John George Theobald, a cooper by trade, was born in 1800, and died in 1854. His wife was born in 1802, and died in 1858. They were the parents of nine children, of whom John was the seventh. At the age of seventeen the latter commenced learning the baker's trade, serving an apprenticeship of two years. He was
subsequently enrolled and served four years in the regular army. In 1864 he came to this country, first settling in St. Louis, whence, in 1870, he removed to De Soto, and established his present business. In 1865 he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Heusner, a native of
Germany, born in 1845. Mrs. Theobald died in January, 1873, leaving
two children, John and Susie. In September, 1875, Mr. Theobald married Miss Susan Heusner, a niece of his first wife, who was born in Philadelphia,
in 1852 and is the parent of six children, as follows: Lyda, Maggie, Helen,
Willie, Eddie and Alfred. In politics Mr. Theobald is conservative. The
family are members of the German Methodist Church.