Herman F. Lohman, who carries on general farming on section 24, Lincoln township, where he owns and cultivates
one hundred and sixty acres of land, belongs to that class of substantial citizens that Germany has furnished to
Iowa county. His birth occurred in Hanover, Germany, December zo, 1862, and he came to America in 1874, when a
youth of twelve years, accompanying his parents, Frederick and Annie M. (Meyer) Lohman. The parents were also natives
of Hanover and both were born in 1839. On coming to the new world they traveled across the country and established
their home in Lincoln township, Iowa county, where the father became the owner of two hundred and ninety seven
acres of rich and arable land in Lincoln township. He died in this county in the year 1897 and his widow now makes
her home in Orange county, California. Their family numbered four children: Catharine, the wife of John Heitshusen,
living in California; Herman, of this review; Anna, the wife of Henry Luetje, a resident of California; and Fred,
of western Canada.
Herman F. Lohman attended school in his native country up to the time when he accompanied his parents to the new
world and in Iowa county he assisted his father in the arduous task of developing a new farm, performing more and
more work of the fields as his age and strength increased. He continued at home up to the time of his marriage,
which was celebrated on the t6th of March, 1888, Miss Jennie Smith, of Iowa county, becoming his wife. She was
born at South Amana, Iowa, March 15, 1864, a daughter of William and Jennie (Jonker) Smith. The father, who was
born in Germany in 1839, is still living, and the mother, born in Germany in 1844, also survives. They were married
in Iowa county in 1863 and for several years the father acted as fireman in a sawmill at Amana, Iowa. To them were
born the following children: Jennie, now Mrs. Lohman; Ida, the wife of E. C. Tanke, of Iowa county; Maggie, the
wife of Henry Kopping, of this county; Henry, of the same county; William and Edward, who died in infancy; Millie,
who has passed away; Sophia, the wife of Louis Dierks, of Iowa county; Dora, who married Charles Smith, a farmer
of this county; Charlie, who died in 1903; and William, living in this county.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lohman began their domestic life upon a rented farm, upon which they lived for
five years, at the end of which time he purchased the property which is now their home. His attention has since
been given to the further development and improvement of this place, with the result that he has wrought a marked
transformation in its appearance. The fields are carefully cultivated and modern farm machinery is used in caring
for the crops. He makes a specialty of raising hogs and other live stock and that branch of his business is bringing
him a very gratifying return.
To Mr. and Mrs. Lohman have been born eight children: Frederick W., born September 4, 1890; Jennie, who was born
November 24, 1895, and is the wife of Charles Pirkl; Ida, born January 13, 1897; Sophia, January 30, 1899; Annie,
September 2, 1900; Dora, June 28, 1903; and Lena and Minnie, twins, May 18, 1905.
The parents hold membership in the German Lutheran church and Mr. Lohman gives his political allegiance to the
democratic party, which has called him to several local offices. He served as justice of the peace from 1892 until
1896, was a member of the school board from 1888 until 1898 and was again chosen to that position in 1914, so that
he is the present incumbent in the office. He has been most prompt and faithful in the discharge of all his official
duties and is a public spirited citizen whose devotion to the general good stands unquestioned.
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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