J. F. William Jahn
Among the young men of Hayes township who have started under highly favorable conditions as farmers, may be named J. F. William Jahn. He possessed excellent advantages of training and is now cultivating a place of two hundred and twenty acres which yields generous returns for the time and labor bestowed upon it.
He is a native of Hayes township, born on section 31, July 9, 1882, a son of Paul William and Catherine (Lemster) Jahn, both of whom were born in Germany. The father came to America in boyhood with his parents and settled in Hayes township, Crawford county, Iowa. He was very successful as an agriculturist and stock-raiser and improved three farms. He and his wife are still living and make their home on section 31. There were nine children in their family: Lena, who married Henry E. Kuhl, of Iowa township; J. F. William; Minnie, the wife of Gus Meggers, of Iowa township; Herman and Henry, both residents of Hayes township; Amanda, the wife of Gus Peppers, of Hayes township; Louis, who makes his home with his brother Herman; and Adelia and Hugo, who are living at home.
Mr. Jahn of this review attended the country schools of Hayes township, where he gained the rudiments of an education which he has greatly broadened by reading and observation. He continued with his parents until twenty-four years of age and then moved to the place which he now owns. He carries on general farming and also gives special attention to the feeding of Hereford cattle for the market. He has from his youth been earnest and energetic in his work and has gained deserved prosperity.
On the 13th of March, 1907, Mr. Jahn was married in Iowa township to Miss Martha Peper, who was born in Iowa township, a daughter of George and Sophia (Meggohtsen) Peper, the former of whom is deceased.
Two children have come to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. jahn, Hugo Paul George and Willette Catherina Fredericka.
Mr. Jahn and his wife are both members of the Lutheran church and accept its teachings as their rule of life. They take a great interest in the progress of this section of the state, both having been born in Crawford county, and they are willing assistants in all movements seeking to promote the general welfare. Mr. Jahn is not identified with any political organization. The success he has gained is the result of his well directed efforts and gives promise of still larger rewards in the years to come.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.