One of the progressive and able young agriculturists of
Allamakee county is John Seglar, whose attractive homestead of
one hundred and fifty acres lies on section 28, Linton township.
Upon this property he was born on the 19th of May, 1883, his
parents being Michael and Mary (Papack) Seglar, natives of
Bohemia, the former born February 19, 1838, and the latter,
February, 1837. The parents crossed the Atlantic to America in
1871 and went to Chicago, Illinois, where they spent a few
months. Finally, however, they moved to Linton township,
Allamakee county, and here the father purchased land upon which
he is still residing. In Bohemia he served his required term in
the regular army and since coming to the United States has been
found progressive and loyal in all matters of citizenship. He and
his wife became the parents of eleven children, of whom the
subject of this review is the youngest.
John Seglar acquired his education in the district schools of Linton township and in his childhood divided his time between his studies and assisting his father with the work of the homestead. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-four years of age and then purchased his fathers property, upon which he has since carried on general farming. His holdings comprise one hundred and fifty acres of land, of which one hundred and thirty are tillable and one hundred in a high state of cultivation. Here in addition to general agricultural pursuits he engages also in stock-raising and under his able management both branches of his activities have proven profitable and important.
On the 9th of July, 1907, Mr. Seglar was united in marriage to Miss Frances Kocin, who was born in Bohemia, December 30, 1884, a daughter of Michael and Anna (Frederick) Kocin, natives of that country, the former born in 1853 and the latter in 1861. The parents still reside in Bohemia, where the father is engaged in farming. Mrs. Seglar and her sister crossed the Atlantic in 1905 and settled in Chicago, whence Mrs. Seglar came to Iowa after her marriage. She and her husband are the parents of two children: Agnes Anna, who was born May 28, 1908; and William Joseph, born June 13, 1909.
Mr. Seglar is a devout member of the Roman Catholic church. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party and although he has never sought public office he did capable work for one year as school director. He is a stockholder in the Monona Creamery and the Farmers Shipping Association and is well known in business circles. Although still a young man he has attained a creditable measure of success and, being ambitious and energetic, will undoubtedly make continued progress in his chosen field.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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