Biography of Johan Arp
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Johan Arp, who is living retired in Malmo, was for a number of years actively engaged in general farming in this county. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, now a part of Germany, March 26, 1842, a son of Hans and Margaretta (Hoike) Arp, both natives of that district, where they passed their entire lives. The father was a farmer by occupation. They were the parents of eleven children: Peter who died in this county; Hans, deceased; Johan; Claus E., a resident of Hamburg, Germany; David, who is living in Orange, California; Frank, the wife of Henry Hoik, of Yutan, Nebraska; Anna, who is the widow of Hans Ruber and lives in Norfolk, Nebraska; Yoachim, deceased; Wiebke, the wife of Frederick Hilsta, of this county; Margaretta, a resident of Germany; and one who died in infancy.

Johan Arp was educated in Germany but when only nine years of age worked in the employ of others. In 1565 he emigrated to the United States and located in Kankakee, Illinois, farming in that vicinity for three years. At the end of that time he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and homesteaded eighty acres four miles from Malmo. At that time the conditions of life here were those of a frontier region and for a time he lived in a dugout. As his financial resources increased he purchased more land, buying at one time forty acres and later eighty acres. He continued to operate his farm until 1904, when he retired and removed to Malmo. He still owns eighty acres and also sixteen lots in Malmo. His residence is commodious and well designed and he is enjoying all the comforts of life.

When about twenty five years of age Mr. Arp was married in Illinois to Miss Anna Cook, a native of Germany, who emigrated to the United States in her girlhood. They have a daughter, Anna, who is the wife of Otto Schultz, a farmer, by whom she has four children: Hulda, John, Gertrude and Theodore.

Mr. Arp is a republican but has never taken an active part in politics. He and his wife both belong to the Lutheran church, of which he is a steward, and their influence can be counted upon to further movements seeking the moral betterment of their community. Both have many friends and are highly respected by all who have come into contact with them.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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