Henry W. Mohr
From the Badger state has come to us a citizen who believes in doing well whatever he
undertakes. This fact is apparent when we view his well kept farm and learn something of
his methods. We refer to Henry W. Mohr, of Timber Creek township, Marshall county, whose
birth occurred in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, October 3, 1867. He is the son of Peter and Mary Ann
(Fitzgerald) Mohr, the father born in Germany, December 8, 1811, and the latter in Nova
Scotia in 1837. The elder Mohr served in the army in Germany and when a young man
emigrated to the United States, locating in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he secured
employment in a match factory, later working in a rope factory. He and his wife moved to
Marshall county, Iowa, in the fall of 1869 and located on Church street, Marshalltown.
After remaining there a short time, they located on a farm of eighty acres in Jefferson
township. Selling out, he retired and moved to Marshalltown again, and here his death
occurred in 1905 at the advanced age of ninety-four years. His wife died in 1904. They
were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are living. Peter Mohr was a Democrat in
politics and his wife was a member of the Catholic church. They were excellent people,
highly respected by all who knew them.
Henry W. Mohr, of this review, was reared on the home farm and when a boy assisted with
the general work about the place. He was educated in the public schools. He began farming
for himself early in life and he is now the owner of a very desirable farm of one hundred
and sixteen acres in this county. General farming and stock raising takes all his time,
and he has a very comfortable income from both. Politically, he is a Democrat.
Mr. Mohr was married in 1894 to Amanda E. West, who was born in Marshall county. She is
the daughter of John L. and Mary E. (Powers) West. The father came from North Carolina in
1862. The mother was the daughter of Thomas and Sallie (Scroggins) Powers. They came from
Illinois in the fifties and spent the remainder of their lives here, the father dying on
the farm he settled in Jefferson township.
To Mr. and Mrs. Mohr five children have been born, namely: Jane, deceased; Maud E.,
Vera, Ralph and Inez.
George R. Moore
One of Minerva township's successful and honored tillers of the soil, who has led a
life that could be held up as an example for the younger generation of this locality is
George R. Moore. He is one of the self-sacrificing, patriotic sons of the Union who did
his full duty in its defense when its state sisterhood was threatened. He has also done
his share in promoting the interests of the community in which he resides and is highly
respected by all who know him.
Mr. Moore was born near Lisbon, Columbiana county, Ohio, July 10, 1835. He is the son
of George and Phoebe (Betz) Moore, the father born in Ireland and the mother in
Pennsylvania. He came to America as early as 1790 and in 1802 located in Columbiana
county, Ohio, which was then a wilderness. He began life in typical pioneer fashion there,
cutting the first trees to be felled in St. Clair township, having entered one hundred and
sixty acres from the government. He was a hard worker and his rude log hut gave way to a
more comfortable dwelling in due course of time and his rough fields to a productive farm,
and there he continued to reside until his death and there his wife also spent her last
years. He was active in political affairs, being first a Whig, later a Republican. His
wife belonged to the Methodist church.
George R. Moore was reared on the home farm and educated in the home schools and he
took up farming in his native community when a young man. On August 6, 1862, he enlisted
in Company C. One Hundred and Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served faithfully until
the close of the war. Although he was in many of the hottest engagements and leading
campaigns, he was never wounded, sick or taken prisoner. He was mustered out on June 30,
1865, and thirty days later found him in Marshall county, Iowa. He remained some time at
the town of LeGrand and he was married near there on September 7, 1865, to Sarah J.
McMillan, whose death occurred on March 7, 1909.
After his marriage, Mr. Moore, in March, 1866, moved to Minerva township, this county,
and here he has since made his home, first buying eighty acres and on this he still lives.
He has since added sixty acres. He came here when the country was new and he has lived to
see the same develop into a thriving community. He has brought his place up to a high
state of improvement and cultivation, and he has a pleasant dwelling and good
outbuildings. He is widely known in the western part of the county and the eastern part of
Story county as a breeder of fine Percheron horses, Short-horn cattle and Duroc-Jersey
The Moore family consists of the following children: Mary married W. P. Canfield of
Owatonna, Iowa; Eli H. is a ranchman ner Rifle, Colorado; Byron B. is engaged in the
lumber business at Larimore, North Dakota; Arthur E. lives near Glenwood Springs,
Colorado, on a ranch; Virgil T. is now engaged in carrying the mail, his home being at
Agra, Oklahoma; Ira is farming on the home place; Willis is engaged in the dray and livery
business at Clemons, Iowa.
Politically, Mr. Moore is a Republican, and he has voted for every Republican
presidential candidate since 1856. He has been active in local affairs, having been
president of the school bord and road supervisor.
The gentleman whose name heads this paragraph is widely known in the southern part of
Marshall county. He has lived here for over thirty years and has been prominently
identified with the agricultural and general business interests of this community. His
well directed efforts in the practical affairs of life, his capable management of his
business interests and his sound judgment have brought to him prosperity and his life
demonstrates what may be accomplished by any man of energy and ambition who is not afraid
of work and has the perseverance to continue his labors in the face of any discouragements
which may seem to arise. In all the relations of life he has commanded the respect and
confidence of those with whom he has been brought into contact, and a biographical history
of Marshall county would not be complete without a record of his career, which,
notwithstanding the fact that it has not been spectacular in any way or especially out of
the ordinary, has proved that Mr. Moore is a man of right ideals and principles and worthy
of the trust of his fellow men.
Union Moore, of Jefferson township, was born in Noble county, Ohio, June 12, 1848. He
is the son of Thomas and Harriet (Bartlett) Moore, the father, born in Ireland in 1811 and
the mother in Noble county, Ohio, being of New England ancestry. The father was three
years old when, in 1814, his parents brought him to America and settled in Noble county,
Ohio, and there these families engaged in farming, that country being a wilderness and
sparsely settled when they came there. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Moore, eight of whom grew to maturity. The elder Moore was first a Whig, then a Republican
when the latter party was organized in lieu of the former, and he was very active in local
politics. He was a member of the Brookfield Baptist church.
Union Moore grew up on the homestead in Ohio where he worked when a boy and in the
winter months attended the public schools and a few terms in a subscription school, and he
remained on the home place a few years after his marriage, which took place on June 27,
1872, to Hattie Dye, also a native of Noble county, Ohio. In the fall of 1879 he moved to
Marshall county, Iowa coming direct to the farm, which he still owns and which he has
developed into one of the best places in Jefferson township, which consists of two hundred
acres; he also owns sixty acres near his home place. He has brought his land up to a high
state of improvement and cultivation, and has carried on general farming and stock raising
on an extensive scale. He is a breeder of shorthorn cattle and Poland-China hogs, having
been a breeder of cattle for the past twelve years and of hogs for the past fifteen years.
He has an excellent home and such outbuildings and improved farming machinery as his needs
require. He is a stockholder in the Iowa Savings Bank at Marshalltown, also a stockholder
and the vice-president of the Peoples Savings Bank at Laurel, Iowa. He is connected with
the Ferguson Elevator Company, being president of the same, having assumed the duties of
this office January 1, 1911, and he is managing its affairs in a manner that reflects much
credit upon his ability, foresight and acumen and to the entire satisfaction of the
stockholders and all concerned. This rapidly growing concern is located at Ferguson, this
county. Mr. Moore is also a stockholder of the elevator at Laurel. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore
seven children have been born, named as follows: Verna W., Harry C., Fred H., Lucy E.,
Onie M., Allie G. and Thomas. In politics Mr. Moore is a Republican and has ever taken a
keen interet in local affairs.