FRANK F. AHRENS.
Among the successful farmers of Hilton township is Frank F. Ahrens, who resides on section 22. His birth occurred
in Ohio on the 12th of November, 1871, but his parents, Fred and Henrietta (Hookey) Ahrens, were both natives of
Germany. They emigrated to the United States in the early '50s and the father served for three years in the Union
army in the Civil war. The family resided for some time upon a farm in Ohio but eventually removed to Poweshiek
county, this state, where the father died and where the mother is still living. They were the parents of twelve
children, eight of whom survive.
Frank F. Ahrens received a common school education but at the age of fifteen years came to Iowa county, where he
worked upon a farm for eleven years. At the end of that time he rented land and operated it for three years, carefully
husbanding his resources the while, as he was determined to purchase land as soon as possible. At the end of that
time he realized his ambition and bought a good farm of one hundred and twenty one acres on section 22, Hilton
township. He immediately took up his residence thereon and has since lived upon his place, which he has brought
to a high state of development. He has erected a number of good buildings and keeps everything in the best of repair.
In addition to raising the usual field crops he feeds stock on quite an extensive scale and derives a good profit
from both phases of his activity.
In 1900 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Ahrens and Miss Sophia Wetgen, who was born of the marriage of Gerhardt
and Adelheid Wetgen, both likewise natives of the fatherland. The father passed away there but the mother is still
living. They were the parents of seven children. To Mr. and Mrs. Ahrens have been born eight children, Henrietta,
George H., Anna M., Frank F., Jr., Carl W., John A., Helen B. and one who died in infancy.
Mr. Ahrens is a republican and is now serving his district as school director. Both he and his wife are members
of the German Lutheran church, of which he is one of the trustees. Mr. Ahrens is justly ranked among the progressive,
able and enterprising farmers of his township and is held in high esteem by all who know him.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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