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John Lehne

Farming & Landowner



     John Lehne has for the past decade resided in Richland township, owning and operating a well improved farm embracing three hundred and forty seven acres on sections 25 and 26. His birth occurred in Germany on the 31st of January, 1863, his parents being William and Anna (Pedens) Lehne, who were likewise natives of that country and emigrated to the United States in 1867. They spent one year in Cleveland, Ohio, and subsequently took up their abode on a farm in Clinton county, Iowa, where the mother passed away and where the father still makes his home. They became the parents of seven children, five of whom yet survive.
     John Lehne, who was but four years of age when brought to this country by his parents, acquired his education in the common schools and remained at home until attaining his majority. He then started out as an agriculturist on his own account, following farming in Clinton county, Iowa, until 1904, when he purchased three hundred and forty seven acres of land on sections 25 and 26, Richland township, Delaware county, where he has remained continuously since. He carries on both farming and stock-raising, and his efforts in these connections have been attended with a gratifying measure of prosperity. The proud American title of a self made man is justly his, for his success has come as the direct reward of his own industry, perseverance and energy.
     Mr. Lehne has been twice married. In 1886 he wedded Miss Maggie Cook, a native of Germany, by whom he had six children, namely: Emil; Anna, the wife of Albert Robertson; John; Maggie; William; and Edward, who is deceased. The wife and mother passed away on the 6th of January, 1906, and in 1908 Mr. Lehne was again married, his second union being with Miss Lena Sievers, who was also born in Germany.
      In his political views Mr. Lehne is a progressive, staunchly advocating the principles set forth by Theodore Roosevelt at the time of the birth of the party. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church, to which his wife also belongs. He is highly respected and esteemed in his community and enjoys the confidence and goodwill of a large circle of friends, who have learned to appreciate his worth and his high qualities of mind and character.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 153-154.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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