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John B. Mormann

Evergreen Farm

Bremen Township



       The Evergreen Farm, situated on section 5, Bremen township, is one of the valuable farms of that township and its owner, John B. Mormann, is one of the most progressive agriculturists of his locality. He was born in Sternfeldt, Oldenburg, Germany, and was baptized on the 10th of October, 1853. His parents, Bernard and Katherine (Krogman) Mormann, brought their family to the United States in 1858 and settled in Dubuque county, Iowa, where they rented land for two years. They then crossed the line into Delaware county and rented a farm for three years, after which they purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 2, Bremen township. Eventually they gave this property to their son Henry but continued to reside upon the place until their deaths. The mother passed away in 1898 and her husband survived until 1902. They were buried in the cemetery at Petersburg. Seven children were born to them, as follows: John B. , is the subject of this review. Josephine became the wife of John Gable, who passed away in February, 1893, and she later became the wife of S. Schmieding and they reside in Madison, Minnesota. Katherine married Joseph Mayrose and they live in Remsen, Iowa.   Henry resides upon the homestead in Bremen township. Mary died when two years of age. William passed away in infancy. Frank died when a young man of twenty two years.

      John B. Mormann is indebted to the public school system of this state for his educational advantages as he was but a child of five when brought to Dubuque by his parents. He was reared to manhood under the parental roof and became an experienced agriculturist through aiding his father in the work of the home farm. Since starting out in life for himself he has devoted his time to agriculture and now owns one hundred and eighty acres of land on section 5, Bremen township, which he successfully operates and which is known as Evergreen Farm. He also holds title to one hundred and sixty acres in South Dakota. He carries on diversified farming and his well directed labors insure him a competence.

      Mr. Mormann was married on the 12th of February, 1878, to Miss Elizabeth Tapke, a daughter of Henry and Katherin (Brinkmann) Tapke. Her father was a native of Hanover, Germany, and when a youth in his teens first settled in Kentucky. He did not remain long in the Blue Grass state, however, but soon crossed the river to Cincinnati, where at the age of seventeen he was married. He then drove with one horse to Delaware county, Iowa, and he and his wife settled upon a farm which he entered from the United States government. His wife passed away in 1877 but he survived until 1893. To Mr. and Mrs. Mormann were born ten children, namely: Henry, who died at the age of eight years; John, who died when but six years old; Frank, who died at the age of four;  Fred, who died when two years of age; Albert, who passed away when in his thirteenth year; Anton, born February 14, 1887; Bernard, born February 1888; Katherina, July 19, 1893; Joseph, March 6, 1896; and Rosa, March 24, 1898.

      Mr. Mormann is a republican and takes an active part in public affairs. At one time he served as constable, proving energetic in the discharge of his duties. The family are devout communicants of the Roman Catholic church and contribute liberally to its support. Fraternally Mr. Mormann is a member of the Roman Catholic Mutual Protective Association and he manifests a great interest in everything concerning its welfare. He is not only a successful agriculturalist but a public spirited citizen and merits the high respect in which he is held.    



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 371-372. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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