John H. Boos, one of the worthy native sons of Jefferson county, is actively and successfully identified with
its business interests. He conducts a mercantile establishment at Lockridge, in partnership with his brother. His
birth occurred in Lockridge township, in September, 1867, his parents being John and Louisa (Shuppy) Boos; the
former a native of France, and the latter of Pennsylvania. John Boos crossed the Atlantic to the United States,
and, in 1855, located in Jefferson county, Iowa, purchasing a farm in Leckridge township, which he cleared and
improved. The further development and cultivation of that property claimed his attention until 1897, when he sold
the place and bought a small farm near Fairfield, operating the same until called to his final rest on the 22d
of March. 1905. His demise was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had gained an extensive circle
of friends during the half century of his residence in this county. His widow has attained the age of seventy one
years, and still resides on the old home place, near Fairfield.
John H. Boos was reared and educated in his native township, pursuing his studies in the district schools. He remained
on the home farm until thirty two years of age; he then devoted his attention to the cultivation of rented land
for two years. On the expiration of that period, he purchased a tract of one hundred and forty acres in Round Prairie
township, being engaged in its operation for two years, after which he rented the place and worked as a farm hand
for five years. At the end of that time, Mr. Boos came to Lockridge and embarked in mercantile business in association
with his brother. Ever since, he has conducted an establishment of this character with gratifying success. The
brothers carry a large and well selected line of goods at reasonable prices. Always aiming to please their patrons,
their trade has steadily grown.
In November, 1901, Mr. Boos was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Graf. a daughter of John and Louisa (Snyder)
Graf, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father emigrated to America at an early day and took up his abode
in Jefferson county, Iowa, here following general agricultural pursuits throughout the remainder of his life. He
passed away in May, 1911, but is still survived by his widow, who still resides on the old home place. In 1901,
our subject was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, whose demise occurred in October of that year.
Mr. Boos gives his political allegiance to the republican party, and has served as assessor of Lockridge township.
His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church. He has remained a resident of
Jefferson county from his birth to the present time; and enjoys an extensive and favorable acquaintance within
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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