Biography of Jacob Frahm
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JACOB FRAHM.
In its citizenship Wahoo has a large percentage of retired farmers, men who have found the soil of Saunders county rich and productive and in the development of their land have won success, their labors being directed by intelligence and discrimination. Earnest, persistent labor brought to Mr. Frahm a comfortable competence and now in the evening of his days he is enjoying a well earned rest. A native of Germany, he was born in Schleswig Holstein, July 21, 1839, a son of Hans Henry and Maggie (Margus) Frahm, also natives of the fatherland, where they remained until the fall of 1848, when they crossed the Atlantic and settled seventeen miles south of Chicago in Cook county, Illinois. There the father purchased eighty acres of land at the government price of a dollar and a quarter per acre and he at once began to develop and improve the property, which he afterward sold, removing then to Will county, Illinois. He took up his home on Eagle lake, where he purchased a farm, and in 1870 he arrived in Saunders county, where he secured a homestead in Douglas precinct, comprising eighty acres, which he improved and developed, while his son homesteaded another eighty acre tract. H. H. Frahm continued to cultivate his farm until his death, which occurred when he was seventy three years of age. He died in the faith of the Lutheran church, of which he had long been a devoted and consistent member, as was hips wife, who passed away on the old homestead when about seventy four years of age.

Jacob Frahm was a little lad of nine years when brought by his parents to America and his youthful days were spent in Cook and Will counties of Illinois. About the time he attained his majority he purchased eighty acres of land in the latter county and there carried on farming until 1871, when he sold that property and came to Nebraska, homesteading in Douglas precinct, Saunders county. He afterward purchased eighty acres, then one hundred and forty six acres of land, later another tract of one hundred and twenty acres and again forty acres. In fact, he kept adding to his place until his holdings totalled an entire section, constituting one of the valuable farm properties of the county. This he brought to a high state of cultivation, adding to it many modem improvements, and his farm became one of the valuable properties of the district.

In 1870 Mr. Frahm was married to Miss Caroline Kauka, who was born in Hessen, Germany, in 1847 and when six months old was brought to the United States by her parents, Frederick and Mary Kauka, who were natives of Germany. They went to Chicago in October, 1847, and settled in Will county, Illinois, where the father followed farming, his attention being given to general agricultural pursuits throughout the entire period of his active business career. He died at the age of seventy five years and his wife when eighty two years of age. Both were consistent members of the Evangelical church and he was a prominent figure in the public life of the community, serving as justice of the peace and twice representing his district in the legislature. Mrs. Frahm was reared, educated and married in Will county, Illinois, and by her marriage has become the mother of three children: Tilda, who died at the age of ten years; Ella, the wife of Thomas Farris, of Omaha; and Irvin, who is now operating one of his father's farms and married Miss Anna Reeder, of Douglas township, this county.

In 1905 Mr. Frahm rented his farms and came to Wahoo, where he is now living retired, his active labor being crowned with "an age of ease." For many years he had carefully tilled the soil, gathering good crops annually, and had spent much time and effort in improving his place. That he led a most active life and displayed sound judgment in his business management and in his investments is shown by the substantial success which came to him. He and his wife have long been members of the Lutheran church and, while he has been busy in the care of his farm, he has never neglected the higher, holier duties of life and in all of his relations with his fellowmen has followed the strictest principles of morality and integrity.

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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