Fred Guehrn, Jr., a farmer of Pilot township and also a member of the board of county supervisors, is a native
of Germany, born November 7, 1875, of the marriage of Frederick and Christina (Peters) Guehrn, who were likewise
born in Germany. In the fall of 1883 the family crossed the Atlantic and after landing in the United States continued
their journey westward to this county. For four years after his arrival the father worked for the Amana colony
but in 1887 he removed to a farm four miles from Marengo. The family resided there until 1890, when he purchased
one hundred and sixty acres of land in Pilot township, where he is still living.
Fred Guehrn, Jr., was a lad of eight years when brought by his parents to this county and practically all of his
education was acquired in the common schools here. He was married in 1897 and at that time purchased eighty acres
of land from his father and began farming independently. He still lives upon that place and as he is very industrious
and manages well, he derives an income from his farm that enables him to add to his capital from year to year.
He raises live stock in addition to the cultivation of the fields and in all that he does is practical and farsighted.
In October, 1897, Mr. Guehrn married Miss Paulina Wiedemeier, of Lincoln township, this county, and to their union
have been born four children: Mabel F., Harry F., Lawrence C. and Mamie A., all at home.
Mr. Guehrn gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and was for one term township assessor. In 1912
he was elected a member of the board of county supervisors, in which capacity he is now serving to the satisfaction
of his constituents. Both he and his wife hold membership in the German Reformed church and he has been an elder
therein for a number of years. The public schools find in him a stalwart champion and he has a record for continuous
service upon the school board that is seldom equalled, as he has been a member of that body since his twenty first
year. In that time he has been instrumental in bringing about much improvement in the public schools of the county.
Fraeternally he is identified with the Modem Woodmen of America; with Ladora Lodge, No. 622, I. O. O. F.; and with
Marengo Lodge, No. 30, K. P. He is one of the most public spirited citizens of his township and has contributed
to the advancement of his community along many lines. He is well known and wherever known is held in the highest
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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