Jesse & Lillian Mohn family
~Photos and family information contributed by
Mollie Meade, with the permission of Christina Mohn Koth.
Christina maintains a website with additional photos and more about Jesse Mohn.
Jesse and Lillian (Boardman) Mohn family
The photo was taken summer of 1919 in front of the log cabin still in existence today.
Jesse M. Mohn & Lillian (Boardman) Mohn, holding infant Joseph R. Mohn(?)
Rear: Merle F. Mohn (on left) & Douglas Richard "Dick" Mohn (on right)
Jess and Lil built a 2-room log cabin, They raised a family of five boys and one girl. Jesse provided for his family by commercial fishing, trapping, and raising vegetables that he sold to nearby communities of Lansing and Harpers Ferry. Family legend tells that Jesse was also known to brew moonshine in his hidden still and sell the bootleg to the "pool halls" as this was during Prohibition. Jesse Mohn instilled in his descendants the love for the Mississippi River, the skills of commercial fishing, trapping, and farming, and most of all that family is everything.
Jess and Lil also had three more children after the 1919 photo was taken: Thomas Mohn, George Mohn, and Rose (Mohn) Kelly.
Jess and Lil later divorced & Lil was
remarried to George Sullivan. Jess never remarried.
Joseph, one of Jess & Lillian's sons, was KIA during WWII. His memorial service was held in Harpers Ferry but he's buried in the Sicily-Rome American cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. Joseph's Obituary
Jesse Merle Mohn died 12/10/1978 and is buried in Oak Hill cemetery, Lansing.
Lillian (Boardman) Mohn Sullivan died on Thanksgiving Day, 1976 and is buried in Paint Rock cemetery, Harpers Ferry. Lillian's Obituary
Jesse Mohn was a well known and colorful character in Allamakee county and up and down the Mississippi river. Reporters interviewed him for feature articles over the years and he sometimes got his name in the papers for other reasons ........ News articles
Jesse's cabin still stands today.
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