JOHN D. MOELLER.
— A well-known, enterprising and progressive farmer of Leroy township,
John D. Moeller is an able assistant in rendering this section of
Benton county one of the finest agricultural regions of the Central
West. A son of Henry D. Moeller, he was born, December 2, 1861, in
Clayton county, Iowa, of substantial German ancestry. His grandfather
Moeller emigrated with his family from Germany to the United States in
1845, hoping that in this land of liberty and plenty that he might
acquire a competency. He located ,near New Bremen, Ohio, and had
scarcely got well started in his new life when he was stricken with
cholera and died.
The birth of Henry D. Moeller occurred in the Fatherland July 29, 1839,
and at the age of six years he was brought to this country. He remained
in Ohio until 1853, when he came with an uncle to Clayton county, Iowa,
where he completed his early education, and from the age of thirteen
years until seventeen years served an aprenticeship at the carpenter's
trade. Coming from there to Benton county in 1864, he spent a year in
Kane township, after which he sold out and removed to Blairstown, where
he followed his trade for a time, at the same time running a furniture
store. In 1879 he bought a farm in Leroy township, and was here
employed in tilling the soil until 1899. Removing then to Blairstown,
he clerked a few years for Tangeman & Book, but is now living
retired from active pursuits. He married first Catherine Buch, who was
born March 17, 1844, and died in 1874. Six children were born of that
union, two of whom are living, as follows: John D., the subject of this
brief sketch; and Louisa, wife of Lemuel Case, of Tama county, Iowa. He
married for his second wife Martha Mohrmann, who was born April 7,
1844, and to them five children have been born, of whom the following
named are living: Mary, wife of Payson Snow, of Kane township; Minnie,
wife of Charles Bruch, of Leroy township; Christopher, a resident of
California; and Laura, wife of Ira Kimm of Watkins, Iowa.
A lad of six years when his parents moved to Blairstown, John D.
Moeller was there educated, attending first the public schools and
afterwards the old Blairstown Academy. Starting life for himself in
1883, he went to Omaha, Nebraska, where he was employed in a wholesale
hardware house for a year. Returning then to the parental roof tree, he
worked on the farm with his father for eleven years, and then resumed
his old position in Omaha, remaining with his former employers two
years. Coming back once more to Leroy township, Mr. Moeller married and
began farming for himself on his father's farm. He has succeeded well
in his operations, and now owns one hundred acres of choice land, and
in addition to .managing his own estate successfully has the
supervision of one hundred and eighty acres of his father's farm.
Mr. Moeller has been twice married. He married first, April 5, 1899,
Belle Carter, who was born September 29, 1878, and died March 19, 1900.
Mr. Moeller married for his second wife, January 8, 1901, Mabel
Hevener, who was born in Leroy township February 26 1878, and they have
one child, Bruce Moeller, who was born August 19, 1906. In politics Mr.
Moeller is a steadfast Republican, uniformly casting his vote in
support of the principles of that party. He was for two years township
trustee, and for the past eight years has been secretary of the school
board. Fraternally he is a member of Lincoln Lodge, No. 199, A. F. and
A. M., of Blairstown.