Among the excellent citizens whom Germany has given to Iowa county is Wilhelm Masclunann, who owns and operates
a finely improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 9, Hartford township. He was born on the 4th of
May, 1863, of the marriage of John and Lena Maschmann, both likewise natives of Germany, where they spent their
entire lives. They were the parents of eight children, of whom three survive.
Wilhelm Maschmann was reared and educated in the fatherland and remained there until he was twenty years of age.
He then emigrated to America and made his way directly to Iowa county, Iowa, where he found employment as a farm
hand. He worked in that capacity seven years and by carefully saving his wages secured enough capital to warrant
his renting a farm. He operated leased land for two years and in 1892 purchased a quarter section upon which he
still resides. He has erected a number of fine buildings and has otherwise improved his property, which is one
of the valuable farms of Hartford township. He feeds hogs and cattle in addition to raising grain and receives
a good income from his land.
On March 1, 1890, Mr. Maschmann married Lena Rauch, likewise a native of Germany. Her parents, John and Carolina
(Dolch) Rauch, were likewise born in that country, where they resided until 1881, when they removed with their
family to America, settling in Iowa county, Iowa. Both passed away in this county. They had eight children, all
of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Maschmann have nine children, namely: Emil, who is farming in this county; William
E., at home; John and Henry, both farmers of this county; Frederich; Charles; Louis; and Edward and George, twins.
Mr. Maschmann is a democrat but has never desired office, being content to perform his civic duties as a private
citizen. He and his wife hold membership in the German Evangelical Lutheran church, in whose teachings they firmly
believe. They exemplify the sincerity of their religious faith by their daily lives and are highly esteemed by
all who have come in contact with them. Mr. Maschmann began his business career without capital and without the
aid of influential friends and the competence which he has won is due solely to his industry and good judgment.
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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