John Moughler is a well known DeKalb County
resident, his home being in the southwest corner
of Troy Township. He is one of a rather numerous
group of farmers who earned their prosperity
largely as renters. He farmed rented land for
thirty years or more and in that time reared and
provided for his family, and his later years are now
being spent quietly, prosperously and busily on a
farm of his own.
Mr. Moughler was born in Wayne County, Ohio,
February 9, 1850, a son of Jacob and Hannah
(Bordner) Moughler, the former a native of Lucas
County, Ohio, and the latter of Westmoreland
County, Pennsylvania. They grew up in Wayne
County, Ohio, were married there and in the fall
of 1852 came to DeKalb County, settling a mile and
a half south of Butler in Wilmington Township.
They spent the rest of their lives on that farm
and the father cleared up and put in cultivation most
of the land. The mother was a member of the
Christian Church. Jacob Moughler was affiliated
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at
Butler and was a democrat in politics. In the family were seven children: Amanda, deceased; John;
Mary, who became the wife of Orlando Bratton;
Emma, deceased; Daniel, of Butler; Amos, deceased, and Charles, who died when two years old.
John Moughler grew up on the homestead south
of Butler and attended the common schools. One
of the schools he attended was kept in a log house.
He played an industrious part helping his father
clear and cultivate the farm, and lived at home to
the age of thirty-one.
September 23, 1880, he married Alice Hendershot.
She was born March 6, 1857, a daughter of B. F.
and Susanna (Miller) Hendershot, the former a
native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ashland
County, Ohio. The parents were married in Williams County, Ohio, and began housekeeping in Defiance County, and spent the rest of their lives
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Moughler
rented the old Yoey Farm not far from his father's
home. Two years later they moved to another
farm in Wilmington Township and from there came
to Troy Township. A distinctive feature of Mr.
Moughler's career as a farmer is that for twenty-two years he lived on and rented one farm. This
farm during this time had three different owners.
He reared his family there and eventually put away
enough to enable him to buy his present place of
forty acres in the southwest corner of Troy Township. He keeps good grades of livestock, and is
still busy with farming. Mr. Moughler is a democrat in politics.
He and his wife have two sons, Burl and Glenn.
Burl is one of the leading young farmers of Troy
Township, while Glenn has an eighty-acre farm six
miles east of Auburn.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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