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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 651-652

HENRY KUHN, owner and operator of a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres in section 12, Eden township, is a native of Benton county, born here January 27, 1855. He is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Sweet) Kuhn, the former a native of Maryland, who removed to Ohio when a young man and there married. He accompanied the Boggs family to Benton county, Iowa, about 1853 and stopped with them in Benton township for the winter. Peter Kuhn subsequently entered eighty acres of land in section 1, and built a log house, which was occupied the next spring and summer. He spent the remainder of his life on this farm, although he secured other land. He was very industrious and thrifty, and through his untiring energy and economy acquired a competence. He was a stanch Republican and served in several local offices, and he was a member of the Grange; he and his wife were members of the United Brethern church. Peter Kuhn died October 13, 1885, aged sixty-eight years, three months and twenty-one days, and his wife, who was born in Scioto county, Ohio, where she was married, died in Eden township, in February, 1891, in her seventy-second year. They had four sons and two daughters, of whom two sons and one daughter survive, and all resided some time in Benton county. Mary Ann, died in this county, at the age of eighteen years; John, died in Calhoun county, Iowa, a young man, in 1886-7; Emeline, married R. J. Gillespie, living near Vinton, Iowa; Henry; G. W., is a farmer in Minnesota ; and the eldest son died in infancy in Ohio. When Mr. Kuhn and his family first lived in Benton county their nearest market was Iowa City or Muscatine.

Henry Kuhn was reared in Benton county, and received a common school education. He has successfully followed farming and stock raising all his life. He owned the home farm several years and then purchased the farm he now occupies, which is one of the best in the county and kept in fine condition. He is a firm Republican and has filled the offices of township clerk, trustee, etc. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America, of Vinton, and he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Kuhn married July 15, 1883, Susan A., daughter of Daniel and Jane (Yerkes) Williamson, who was born in November, 1867, in Indiana, and came to Benton county with her parents in 1869. The parents still live in Taylor township, aged about eighty-five and seventy-five, respectively. They had eleven children, all except one now living in Benton county, one son recently having removed to Seattle, Washington. Mr. Kuhn and his wife have one daughter, Mrs. Raymond Culp, and she has one son, Oliver Dell.

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