Biography of Fred Stohlmann
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Fred Stohlmann, a farmer of Troy township, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on the 13th of November, 1871, a son of Frank and Ellen N. (Kleinmeyer) Stohlmann, both natives of Germany, who in 1866 became residents of the United States, settling in Ohio. They were married there and continued to reside in that state until 1878, when they removed to Iowa county, Iowa, locating upon a farm in Iowa township. Subsequently they took up their residence upon a farm in York township and still later a removal was made to Williamsburg, where the father died in 1907 and the mother on the 9th of July, 1913. Eight of their children survive: Anna, now Mrs. Herman Kehlenbeck, of Williamsburg; Fred, of this review; George, of Conroy; Johanna, the wife of August Newkirk, of York township; Elizabeth, who married Albert Mews, of Troy township; August, who is now living in Orange county, California; William, who is farming in York township, this county; and Emma, the wife of John P. Schlesselman, of Troy township.

Fred Stohlmann remained at home until he was twenty four years of age and much of his time in boyhood was devoted to the acquirement of a common school education. After beginning his independent business career he worked for two years as a farm hand and then purchased the property in Troy township which he now owns and to which he has given the name of Happy Home Farm. It comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 4 and is one of the attractive places of that locality, as the buildings are well designed and commodious and as everything is kept in excellent repair. Although Mr. Stohlmann raises the usual crops, he gives the greater part of his attention to breeding and feeding high grade stock. He understands his business thoroughly and as his animals are in prime condition when sold and as he watches the market carefully, he derives a good profit from his stock raising.

On the 24th of February, 1898, Mr. Stohlmann married Miss Anna Ristedt, who was also born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a daughter of John and Anna (Koester) Ristedt. Both of her parents were born in Germany, but emigrated to the United States many years ago, locating first in Ohio and later removing to Iowa county, Iowa. They are now living in Williamsburg. Mrs. Stohlmann is one of a family of five children and by her marriage has eleven children, Albert H. F., Eleanora A., Minnie Sophie, Paul George, Otto Carl, Edward Henry, Elton Ernest, Francis Henry, Margaret Johanna, Waldo Fred and Ida Emma.

Mr. Stohlmann is a republican and has been a member of the school board, although he has never held any strictly political office. Both he and his wife are identified with the German Evangelical Lutheran church, of which he is a trustee. He has one of the best developed farms in Troy township and is in easy financial circumstances, his success being all the more commendable in that he has depended entirely upon his own energy and knowledge of farming and stock raising to bring him to the desired goal of prosperity.

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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