Henri Dohrer, one of the prominent farmers of this county, was born Nov. 10, 1832, in Prussia. His parents, Adam H., and Margaret (Schmidt) Dohrer, were likewise natives of Prussia, where they died, the former in 1845, the later in 1877. He learned the cabinet-maker's trade in his native country, and in 1852 came to the United States. He landed in Baltimore, Md., where he
worked at his trade two years, then located in Dubuque, Ia. From there he went to Missouri, finally settling in Clayton County in 1857. He bought a farm on section 5, Cox Creek Township, upon which he has resided since. In 1858 he was untied in marriage to Mary Springer, whose parents, William and Agatha Springer, were natives of Prussia, where the latter died in 1853. Her father came to the United States in 1854, and died in Warren County, Mo., in 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Dohrer, have five children- Lena, born Sept. 16, 1859, married Charles Rienhe, of this township; Katherina, born July 27, 1861, now and wife of Martin Dittmer, of Elkader; Henry, born Aug. 3, 1863; Amelia, Aug. 13, 1865, and William, March 26, 1859. Mr. Dohrer votes the Republican ticket.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 742-43
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