Biography of Herman F. Lohman
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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.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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