John B. Mulderman, who is now living retired, was one of the early settlers of Saunders county and for many
years engaged in farming in Mariposa township. He was born in Holland on the 25th of September, 1842, a son of
Jacob and Elizabeth (Aaronfedt) Mulderman, who passed their entire lives in that country. The father, who was a
farmer by occupation, served in the militia during the war between Holland and Belgium. There were seven children
in the family, namely: Benedina, deceased; John B.; Gerrit, who lives on the homestead in Holland; Peter, a resident
of Denver, Colorado; and Christian, Hannah and Henry, all deceased.
John B. Mulderman was educated in his native land and served in the army during 1860 and was then placed in the
reserves. In 1866 he came to the United States, leaving Liverpool on the 28th of March on a ship bound for New
York, which port was reached on the 11th of May. During the voyage cholera broke out on board and four hundred
died of the dread disease. Mr. Mulderman had a ticket to Rock Island, Illinois, and from that point went to Davenport,
Iowa. He worked for three years in Scott county, that state, after which he went to West Liberty, Muscatine county,
where he remained for two years. At the end of that time he came still farther west, settling in Saunders county,
Nebraska. He located on section 15, Mariposa township, buying railroad land, which at that time was unimproved.
He broke one hundred and forty five acres in 1871 and the following year had a good crop, which was quite an unusual
record. He carried on general farming and stock raising for many years and gained financial independence, as he
followed approved methods in the cultivation of the soil. His farm of one hundred and sixty acres is now one of
the well improved places of the county. He has retired from active life and is enjoying a period of leisure which
is well deserved.
On the 28th of January, 1878, Mr. Mulderman married Miss Anna Gertrude Tillman, who was born in Davenport, Iowa,
March 11, 1857, and passed away January 24, 1913, being buried in the Sand Creek Catholic cemetery. The only child
of Mr. and Mrs. Mulderman, Dorothy, was born February 13, 1879, and died November 9, 1895, being likewise buried
in the Sand Creek cemetery. It was her intention to become a nun.
Mr. Mulderman is a devout member of the Catholic church, as were his wife and daughter, and does all in his power
to further the spread of its influence. In politics he is a democrat but does not consider himself bound by party
ties if the public welfare can best be served by voting independently. For twelve years he has served on the school
board and he takes the keenest interest in the advancement of the public schools. During the many years that he
has resided in Saunders county he has witnessed a great change as the frontier region has been transformed into
a prosperous farming district and he takes just pride in the fact that he has aided in bringing about this development.
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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