J. H. HOLTORF.
J. H. Holtorf is now engaged in stock raising and dealing in Douglas township, where he owns two hundred and forty
acres of land, but he was for some time connected with mercantile interests in Malmo. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein,
now a part of Germany, September 10, 1861, and is a son of J. H. and Wiebke (Wieck) Holtorf, both likewise natives
of that country. The mother is deceased but the father is still living there at the advanced age of ninety years.
During his active life he engaged in farming and stock raising. They became the parents of three sons and three
daughters, namely: J. H.; John, a farmer residing near Wakefield, Nebraska; Hans, who is still living in Germany
and is a dealer in horses and cattle; Christina, the wife of Iven Johnson, a farmer of Germany; Heinke, deceased;
and Wiebkc, the wife of Thomas Hansen, of Germany.
J. H. Holtorf received the greater part of his education in Germany, as he remained in that country until 1880,
when, as a young man of eighteen years, he emigrated to America. He settled in Clinton county, Iowa, but only remained
there for a year, after which he took up his residence in the vicinity of Council Bluffs, where he lived for two
years. In 1883 he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and the following year began farming here, having purchased
land in Chester precinct. He built a house upon his place and carried on agricultural pursuits there for five years.
At the end of that time he bought his present farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 27, Douglas township,
which he operated until February, 1900. In that year he removed to Malmo and bought the elevator formerly owned
by the Malmo Grain & Stock Company. In 1903 he built a new elevator and continued in the grain business until
1915, when he sold out, but still continues to reside in Malmo. He was very successful in business and his labors
yielded him a good return. In 1899 he erected a fine residence in Malmo, where he has six lots.
In 1886 occurred the marriage of Mr. Holtorf and Miss Wiebke Knuth, a native of Germany, who, when a child of nine
years, accompanied her parents on their removal to the United States, the family home being established in Mariposa
precinct, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Holtorf have become the parents of nine children: J. H., Jr., who is living
three miles from Cedar Bluffs, this state; Matilda, at home; H. J., who is farming one mile east of Malmo; Thomas
and E. P., who are living on the home farm; Clara, who is teaching school at Malmo and resides at home; and Josephine,
Francis and Pauline, all at home.
Mr. Holtorf is a democrat and has taken quite a prominent part in local politics, at one time being a candidate
for the state legislature. For the past fifteen years he has served acceptably as school director and for nine
years he was a member of the town board. He and his family belong to the German Lutheran church, which he has served
as deacon for many years, and they do all in their power to further its growth and advancement.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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