Diedrich "Dick" Bohlken & Mary Gabel

Married March 7, 1917


Dick Bohlken, of Bohlken Brothers, conducted an up-to-date livery and feed barn at Akron.  He was born in Plymouth county October 19, 1882, to Siefke and Margaret (Wilms) Bohlken, both natives of Germany.  His parents were married in Germany, where they resided until about 1867, when they came to Iowa and settled in Jones county, where Mr. Bohlken worked as a farm hand until 1870.

Dick Bohlken received his education in Preston township schools and grew to manhood on the home farm. Where he assisted his father with the farm work. He later operated at the home farm for a time, as well as the father’s farm at LeMars.  In 1912 he and his brother, Will, established a livery and feed barn at Akron, under the firm name of Bohlken Brothers.  They erected a building on Mill street, where they were engaged in the business.

~Excerpt Our Life 1882-1982 Akron, Iowa, DICK BOHLKEN bio, page 164
~FAMILY NOTE: Dick Bohlken and his brother Will Bohlken were twin brothers.


Link to the newspaper article about their marriage, March 1917

Link to Bohlken Brothers 1915 Threshing Incident

Children of Dick & Mary Bohlken:




Diedrich "Dick" Bohlken
b. 19 Oct 1882, Plymouth Co. Iowa
d. 31 Jul 1944, Akron, Iowa

His Obituary


Mary Martha (Gabel) Bohlken
b. 1892
d. 08 Jul 1989

Her Obituary

**Family information and photos submitted by family descendant, Glenna Rice



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