Biographical Record of Clinton
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Sharon township probably has no more energetic and progressive farmer and stock-raiser than John H. Mohr, who is residing on section thirteen. A native of Iowa , he was born in Fairfield township, Jackson county, on the 14th of January, 1865 , and is a son of Peter Mohr, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. Our subject was but two years old when the family removed to Clinton county, and he is indebted to the common schools of Sharon township for his educational advantages. During his minority he remained at home, giving his father the benefit of his labors, and then worked for neighboring farmers for about six years.
On the 20th of January, 1892 , Mr. Mohr wedded Miss Emma Ehlers, who was born in Sharon township, May 13, 1873 . Her father, Diedrich Ehlers, was a farmer by occupation, was one of the early settlers of this county, but is now living a retired life in Manning, Carroll county, Iowa. Our subject and his wife have an interesting family of four children, namely: Laura, Carl, Louisa and Robert.
For a year after his marriage Mr. Mohr was engaged in farming in Sac county, Iowa, but at the end of that time he returned to Clinton county, and took up his residence on the old Frazier farm in Sharon township, which he operated for three years. Having met with good success, he was then able to purchase his present farm on section thirteen, known as the old Ehler farm. He now has one hundred and twenty acres of well- improved land, and is quite extensively engaged in stock raising as well as general farming. Both he and his wife are active members of the German reformed church of Smithtown , Iowa , and he is identified with the republican party, of whose principles he is an earnest advocate.
The subject of this sketch is a prosperous farmer residing on section three, Sharon township, where he has made his home since the 22d of February, 1867 . His early home was on the other side of the Atlantic , for he was born in Germany , October 13, 1833 . He was only twelve years old when his father died, and his mother subsequently came to America , bringing with her eight children. Her death occurred at davenport, Scott county, Iowa . Of her family three sons are still engaged n farming in Jackson county, while another son, Hans Mohr, is a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Sharon township, Clinton county.
Upon the arrival of the family in the new world, in 1853, they located in Davenport , Iowa , and while there Peter Mohr learned the wagonmaker's trade, at which he worked in that city for a short time. Later he was employed as a farm hand for two years, and then bought a farm near Preston , Jackson county, Iowa , where he lived for five years.
During that time Mr. Mohr was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Stegemann, who is also a native of Germany, and to them were born nine children, as follows: Fred, a resident of Jackson county, Iowa; John H., who is represented on another page of this volume; William, a farmer of Sharon township, Clinton county; Edward, who died when an infant; Rickey, wife of Fred Burrichter, also a farmer of Sharon township; Henry E., who now has charge of his father's farm; Anna, wife of Henry Nipp, of Sharon township; Mary, wife of William Greenawald, of Jackson county; Albert, at home.After his marriage Mr. Mohr lived on the farm near Preston for five years, and on selling that place purchased his present farm in Sharon township, Clinton county, consisting of three hundred and fifteen acres of land on sections two, three and four. Here he has carried on general farming and stock-raising with marked success for many years, but is now practically living retired, leaving the management of the farm to his son, Henry E., who is a very systematic and energetic young farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Mohr and all the children hold membership in the German Reformed church, of Smithtown , Iowa , and in politics he is identified with the Republican party. He has held several minor offices in his township, and has ever been fund true to any trust reposed in him, whether public or private, being upright and reliable in all things.