Transcribed by Pamela Wagler from: Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa: Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and Also of the Past, Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905.


Germany has furnished to America many worthy citizens. The sons of the Fatherland readily adapt themselves to new conditions, make the best of their opportunities, and in all walks of life have demonstrated that industry is the path to success. William Moehle, a son of the Fatherland, was born in West Phalen, Germany, Aug. 2, 1864, his parents being Gottlieb and Louise (Bode) Moehle. The son pursued his education in the public schools of his native land and when eighteen years of age bade adieu to friends and country preparatory to establishing a home in the New World. He had heard favorable reports concerning this country and its opportunities, and he believed that he might better his financial condition in the United States. He made his way direct to Burlington, where he entered the employ of Phillip Westerbeck. He also attended school one winter, and later worked at farm labor until he was married.

It was on Dec. 22, 1891, that Mr. Moehle was joined in wedlock to Miss Carrie Vollmer, who was born in Franklin township, this county, March 3, 1870, and is a daughter of Henry and Louisa (Kipp) Vollmer. Four children graced this marriage: Edward, born Nov. 8, 1892; Cora, June 22, 1897; Ella, Sept. 22, 1902; and an infant, born Sept. 15, 1905.

In 1889 Mr. Moehle purchased a farm of eighty acres from Mr. Parker, his land lying in Section 33, Yellow Springs township, and in 1894 he bought one hundred acres of Mr. Deistlehorst. Upon this place he has since lived, and has developed it into a very valuable and productive property. In 1902 he bought forty acres of G. S. Gray, on Section 28, making two hundred and twenty acres in all. He is a breeder of Shorthorn and Hereford cattle, and has forty-eight head of fine cattle upon his place. He also raises about ninety head of Poland China hogs each year, and likewise some red swine. His farm property is valuable because of the improvements he has placed upon it. He has erected a commodious and substantial residence and good barns, has tiled his land, and now has his farm in an excellent condition, being equipped with all modern accessories and everything needed to facilitate the work and render his labors of greater value.

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