A. F. Bahr, who is operating his excellent farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Hartford township, is a native
of this county, as he was born in Sumner township, the 31st of December, 1871. He is a son of Johan and Minnie
(Ausmas) Bahr, both natives of Germany, who in the '5os emigrated to America. The father served throughout the
Civil war as a member of the Twenty sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and received, several slight wounds. He was mustered
out at Davenport, Iowa after which he located upon a farm in Iowa county, where he resided foi a number of years.
His wife passed away here but he subsequently removed to South Dakota, where he is now living.
A. F. Bahr began his independent career at the age of sixteen years, when he hired out as a farm hand, and a few
years later he was able to rent a farm. After operating leased land for about eight years he bought a small place
in Sumner township but five years later sold that farm and bought land in Honey Creek township, where he lived
for five years. At the end of that time he sold out again and purchased the one hundred and twenty acres on section
13, Hartford township, which is his present home farm. There are many excellent improvements upon the place and
the soil is rich and productive. He grows the usual crops and also raises and feeds stock, finding that the two
phases of his business coordinate well. He has recently purchased another farm in Hartford township, an improved
place of one hundred and forty seven acres.
In 1894 Mr. Bahr married Miss Ida J. Wyant, a native of Sumner township and a daughter of Henry and Mary (Betz)
Wyant, who were born in Ohio and settled in Iowa County, Iowa, in the '5os. Mr. and Mrs. Bahr have five children,
Earl S., Cora May, Elnora Pearl, Ralph Orland and Barbara Inez.
The republican party finds in Mr. Bahr a stalwart supporter and he takes a praiseworthy interest in all public'
affairs. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Protestant church and the principles of Christianity
guide and control their lives. When he started out in life for himself he possessed no capital save his health,
energy and determination to succeed and the material prosperity which is now his is proof of his ability and industry.
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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