JOHN WEICHMAN, one of the leading men of Fremont township, Benton county, Iowa, owns and occupies a beautiful farm home and his landed estate includes four hundred and eighty acres.
Mr. Weichman was born in Linn county, Iowa, September 8, 1858, son of Henry and Mary (Schultz) Weichman, both natives of Germany. Henry Weichman came to the United States in 1854, and until 1857 was employed in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. In 1855, in Pennsylvania, he married, and in 1857 came with his young wife to Iowa and settled in Marion, Linn county, and they made their home in Marion and on a farm until January 17, 1866.
At that time they took up their residence in Benton county, on a tract of raw prairie land in section 6, Fremont township, which he improved, and for a number of years successfully carried on agricultural pursuits. He was the owner of nine hundred and twenty acres of land. The last two years of his life were passed in retirement at Newhall, and he died July 29, 1894, at the age of sixty-four years, six months and nine days. His wife, born in Mecklinburg, September 20, 1831, died March 14, 1898. They were the parents of eight children, three of whom are deceased: Henry, Josephine, and Wilhelmina. Those living are: Mary W. Schlotterback, of Newhall, Iowa; John, the subject of this sketch; and Charles, Frank and Christian A. of Fremont township.
John Weichman was reared on his father's farm, and in 1882 engaged in farming for himself, on eighty acres which now form a portion of his present holdings. Here, he has developed a fine farm, improved with substantial -and attractive buildings; and is carrying on diversified farming. He is a stockholder in both the Newhall Savings Bank and the Atkins Grain Company, and is interested generally in whatever tends to advance the welfare of his community. He has filled various local offices, including that of township trustee, in which he served six years. Politically he is a Democrat.
On March 29, 1883, Mr. Weichman married Miss Mary Davis, a native of Florence township, Benton county, daughter of Henry and Louisa (Baker) Davis, the former now deceased, the latter a resident of Norway, Iowa. Further mention of the Davis family will be found on another page of this work, under the name of Henry J. Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Weichman have nine children: Carrie, Louisa, Amelia, Elma, Henry, Firmin, Irvin, Emery and Leo, all at home except the eldest daughter, Carrie, who is the wife of Albert J. Boddicker and resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.