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.