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

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HENRY POHLMANN, a prominent farmer living in section 17, Eldorado township, was born in Scott county, Iowa, June 4, 1857, a son of Carl and Charlotta Pohlman, both natives of Germany. Carl Pohlmann was born August 22, 1822, and died February 3, 1903; his wife was born February 22, 1823, and now resides at Van Horne, Iowa. They were the parents of four children, all surviving, namely: Henry; Etta, wife of Frank Yakish, of Van Horne, Iowa; Fred, of O'Brien county, Iowa; and Minnie, widow of William Stoll, of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Pohlmann was a stonemason, and came to the United States in 1853; he landed at New Orleans, and as he had heard very promising stories of the work offered in Texas he located in that state, remaining two years. He spent a year in St. Louis, spent a short time in Davenport, and then settled in Buffalo, Scott county, Iowa, where he engaged in the butcher business, which he continued until 1873. He then purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 17, Eldorado township, Benton county, and later added another eighty acres. In 1891 Mr. Pohlmann retired to live in Van Horne, where he died.

Henry Pohlmann was reared in Buffalo, Iowa, and there received a common school education. He came with his parents to Benton county when sixteen years of age, and he remained at home, working on the farm. Upon his marriage he was given one hundred and twenty acres of land by his father, and on this has made all improvements, having erected a fine modern house, with all possible conveniences. Mr. Pohlmann makes a specialty of stock raising, in which branch of farming he is very successful. He is a public-spirited, enterprising citizen, and takes an active interest in public affairs. He has served as a school director. In politics he is a Democrat, and he belongs to the German Lutheran church.

On March 26, 1885, Mr. Pohlmann married Minnie Johnke, born in Germany June 4, 1861, and they have six children, all living at home, namely: Alma, Cora, William, Lilly, Edna and Gertrude.




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