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James Kahler
JAMES KAHLER was born in Holstein, Germany & came to the US in1852, first settling in IL. He came to Benton County in 1869. He purchased 80 acres of raw prairie, cleared & improved the land, erected house & soon added another 80 acres. He added to his land as he ws able, and owned 440 acres when he passed away in 1928. He was married to Lena Stoltenberg and they had 8 children, (all lived in Benton County).

Henry Struve
HENRY STRUVE born in Pohnstorf (under Danish rule til conquered by Germany in 1864). He & his wife came to this country in 1852. They came by sailboat to New Orleans first settling in Davenport; became a citizen 1860; he moved to Cedar Township where he located on a farm of 200 acres; at the time of his death in 1898 he had 420 acres and because of his own energetic labor had a comfortable fortune. (A Struve is still farming that land.)Henry & his wife are buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

James Addison Smalley
JAMES ADDISON SMALLEY born in Hyde Park, Vermont; moved to Troy Grove, IL and in 1874 he moved with his aunt & uncle to Mt. Auburn, IA. He married first Emma Malvina Oren, and they had two children. He married second, Laura Adelaide Barns and had five children. James was always a farmer but for many years ran an implement business in Mt. Auburn. He was a life-long member of the Methodist Church & a teacher & superintendent of the Sunday School; he was a member of the board of education; an officer in the Odd Fellows; & for some time Mayor of the town. The Smalley children were Royal (1882) & Viola (1883) by Emma Oren. The other children were Carroll (1892); Harold (1894); Walter (1895); Rose (1898); & Esther (1902). Walter was a mail carrier for many years in Benton County and some of his descendents are still there. Harold also lived in Mt. Auburn all his life and his children have many ties to the area. His daughter Doris still lives in Vinton. Harolds children were Roy, Ruth, Lee, Doris, Jim, Norman, John & Gene.

Submitted by Ann Smalley, September, 2001
© 2001 by Ann Smalley

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