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JOHN GERMANN, a very intelligent German citizen of township 14, owns and occupies a well-regulated farm of 120 acres, and altogether owns 250 acres of land in this county. The results of industry and perseverance are admirably represented in his career and his surroundings, and being thrown upon his own resources at the beginning, too much credit cannot be awarded him for what he has accomplished. Not only has he surrounded himself and his family with all the comforts of life, but he has fully established himself in the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens.

The subject of this notice was the second child in a family of eight children, was born in Dukow, the Prussian Province of Pomerania, Oct. 21, 1834, and is the son of John and Johanna (Beindchnieder) Germann, who were also of German parentage and ancestry, the father a native of the same place as his son. After marriage the parents continued residents of their native place until August, 1868, when, resolving upon a change of residence, in the hope of bettering their condition, they sailed for America, landing in New York City. Thence they went into Erie County, Pa., where they lived six or seven years, and from there came to this county, locating in township 14, range 11, where the father took up land, and thereafter gave his attention exclusively to farming pursuits. He departed this life Jan. 10, 1880. The mother is still living, and has arrived at an advanced age. Their surviving children are located mostly in Illinois.

Our subject was reared to manhood in the Fatherland, and lived there until reaching his majority, in 1855. Tat year he set out for America in advance of any of his family, and from New York City made his way to Chicago, Ill., where he resided three years, employing himself at whatever he could find to do. His next removal was to Douglas County, this State, where he rented a tract of land and sojourned three years. We next find him in this county, operating on land belonging to the late Jacob Strawn, which he worked four or five years, and then purchased that which he now occupies. While a resident of Chicago he was married, Feb. 16, 1855, to Miss Johanna, daughter of John and Ida (Niendorf) Buchin. Both daughter and parents were born in the Fatherland, and emigrated to America, the parents in the summer of 1859, settling in Douglas County, this State; the daughter had preceded them, coming to Chicago in 1855. The parents then removed to this county, settling in township 14, range 11, where they spent their last days, both being deceased. Mrs. Germann was the eldest of her parents' five children, and was born in Ponnow, Germany, March 6, 1836. She was consequently a young woman of twenty-three years when crossing the Atlantic. Of her union with our subject there have been born twelve children, viz.: Sophia, Mary, Anna, John, Lizzie, Caroline, Minnie, Eddie, Ida, Emma, Hannah and Frances. Mr. Germann, politically, votes with the Democracy, and with his excellent wife is a member in good standing of the Lutheran Church. They have a pleasant and comfortable home, and are universally respected by their neighbors and fellow-citizens.

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