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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 there.

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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