A good farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Seventy Six township, pays tribute to the care and labor
of Mr. Horning, who is numbered among the representative practical and progressive farmers of this county. He was
born in Keokuk county, Iowa, August 30, 1858, and is a son of Martin and Mary (Blatmer) Horning. The mother was
a native of Germany, but in early life became a resident of Iowa. The father, a native of Pennsylvania, removed
westward to this state and is still living in Keokuk county, Iowa, but his wife passed away November 16, 1902.
They were the parents of seven children: Louisa, the wife of A. M. Clingan, a resident of Keokuk county, Iowa;
John, of this review; William, who makes his home in Seventy Six township; Henry, who carries on general farming
in Cedar township; Christ, also a resident of Washington county; Mary, the wife of Harman Brining, living in Jackson
township; and George, who is deceased.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for John Horning in his boyhood and youth.
He worked at home until he had attained his majority, and in the meantime he acquired his education through the
improvement of such opportunities as the public schools afforded. He started out in life on his own account as
a farm hand and worked in that way for fourteen years, during which time he carefully saved his earnings and then
joined his brother William in the purchase of one hundred and sixty acres of good land in Seventy Six township.
They carried on farming in partnership upon that tract until 1895, when John Horning sold his interest to his brother
and purchased his present farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, of the same township. His
fields are well tilled and bring forth rich harvests. The farm presents a most neat and attractive appearance.
He also makes a specialty of raising and feeding hogs and sells a large number annually, so that his yearly income
is greatly augmented thereby. He is recognized as a business man of keen discernment and unfaltering energy whose
success has come as the direct reward of earnest and persistent labor.
On the 13th of March, 1907, Mr. Horning was united in marriage to Miss Nellie De Long, a native of Cedar township,
this county. The marriage has been blessed with an interesting little daughter, Mabel Marie. The parents are both
members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Horning gives his political allegiance to the democratic party,
but has never aspired to or desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs. He
forms his plans readily, is determined in their execution and as the years have passed he has won that prosperity
which is the direct and merited reward of earnest, persistent labor.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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