John Feltner, formerly a well-known farmer of Audubon county, now being retired at Audubon, was born on July 24, 1846, in Buffalo, New York, of German parentage, and after living there for twenty-four years, where he worked as a laborer, he moved to Wisconsin, where he worked on a farm for six years. He then moved to Booneville, Iowa, and worked in a saw-mill for a short time, after which he farmed in that county for eight years. At the end of that period he came to this county and farmed here until 1915, when he retired and moved to Audubon, the county seat, where he is now living. Mr. Feltner never owned land in this county, but he was a large stock raiser and farmer and directed the operations on as high as five hundred acres of land in Audubon county.|
John Feltner was married in 1873 to Mary Hunt, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Fletcher) Hunt, both of whom were natives of Lincolnshire, England, and who, after their marriage in their native land, came to the United States, locating temporarily in New York, where they remained only one year. They then came west to Grant county, Wisconsin, where they remained for six years, after which they moved to Lafayette county, Wisconsin, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Both died of typhoid fever just one month apart, the father passing away on August 26, 1862, and the mother on September 26, 1862. Jonathan Hunt was a farmer during his entire life, and was the father of seven children, James, Mary, Robert, John, William, Albert and George, the latter of whom is deceased.
To John and Mary (Hunt) Feltner twelve children have been born, nine of whom are living, as follow: Frank, Abe, Elizabeth, Stella, Laura, Bob, John, James and William.
Though a Republican in politics, Mr. Feltner never has taken an especially active part in political matters in the community where he lives. Nevertheless he always has been vitally interested in matters affecting the public welfare, and has always been rated as a good citizen, upright in his dealings with his neighbors; a man of charitable and kindly impulses, who has left the impression of his individuality upon the agricultural life of this county, it being but fair to say that his acquaintance and friends are the better for having associated with him.
Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 575-576.