John B. Mantel, who passed away on his farm in Mariposa township on the 25th of February, 1899, in the fifty
ninth year of his age, had long been an active factor in agricultural circles here, cultivating a half section
of valuable and productive land. He was born in Germany on the 26th of December, 1840, and attended the common
schools of the fatherland until fifteen years of age, when he crossed the Atlantic to the United States. He was
employed as a cook in New York until 1868, in which year he was married and preempted a tract of land in Saunders
county, Nebraska. Subsequently he traveled about the country in his former vocation, serving as head cook in the
Palmer House and other leading hotels. In 1877 he returned to this county and during the remainder of his life
was actively engaged in the cultivation of his half section in Mariposa township, the careful conduct of his agricultural
interests bringing him a gratifying financial return annually. His family remained on the farm until 1913, when
Mrs. Mantel removed to Malmo, where she purchased a nice residence and has since made her home.
On the 19th of March, 1868, Mr. Mantel was united in marriage to Miss Betty Folk, a native of Wurtemberg, Germany,
and a daughter of John and Marie (Bender) Folck. They became the parents of seven children, four of whom survive.
Louisa, living near Wahoo, is the wife of Henry Keller, by whom she has two daughters, Emma and Annie. Katie, living
near Malmo, is the wife of Arvet Swanson, by whom she has three children, namely: Inez, nine years of age; Esther,
who is two years old; and Lucille, in her first year. Annie is the wife of Frank Castle, of Washington county,
and the mother of two children, Raymond and Viola, who are fifteen and eleven years of age respectively. Charles
B., born in 1885, lives at home and is engaged in the hardware business in Malmo. The deceased children of the
family are as follows: Ida, who died when fifteen years of age; Freda, who passed away at the age of eight; and
Jonnie, who died when two and one half years old.
At the polls Mr. Mantel cast his ballot in support of the men and measures of the democracy, believing its principles
most conducive to good government. His religious faith was that of the German Lutheran church, the teachings of
which found exemplification in his daily life. In his demise the community lost a highly esteemed and substantial
citizen and one who had achieved success entirely by his own efforts in utilizing the opportunities of the new
world. Mrs. Mantel has now lived in Saunders county for nearly four decades and is widely and favorably known,
having an extensive circle of friends here.
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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