March 21, 1923
Jacob Pohlmann, Sr.
In the death of Jacob Pohlmann, Sr., which occurred at this home in Keystone at an early hour last Saturday morning, this community has lost one of its leading citizens, the county one of its sturdy pioneers. A man who by his unaided efforts won a name and a place in industrial life of the county, whose splendid energy and progressive spirit enabled him to overcome many obstacles and reach the height of financial success.
Mr. Pohlmann had been in poor health for the past year, but up to a week or two ago he had been able to be down town. A day or two before his death pneumonia developed, from the effects of which he passed away.
Mr. Pohlmann was one of nine children born to Jacob and Margaret Pohlmann in Holstein, Germany, and was born Dec. 31, 1845. During the winter of 1868 [or 1869] he came to America, first locating in Scott county as a farm hand, later he was engaged in buying stock at Davenport. In 1870 he came to Benton County where he bought his first quarter section in Kane Township, just west of the present site of Keystone. This land was then totally uncultivated and he set about the task of improving and preparing it for cultivation. In the fall of 1872 he made a trip to his old home in Germany and was there united in marriage to Marie Krey Apr. 8, 1873 and soon after he returned to Kane township. By hard work and careful investment he became owner at one time of several hundred acres of Benton county land, besides real estate holdings in the west and northwest. He retired from the farm in 1900, moving to Keystone and in 1904 he was elected president of the German State Bank, now the Iowa State Bank, a position he held to the time of his death.
To Mr. and Mrs. Pohlmann there had been born twelve children, four of whom died in infancy, one daughter, Annie who died about 14 years ago, and one son, John who died at his home in Minnesota about four years ago. The remaining children are Herman, Mrs. Mary Selk, Mrs. Emma Nebendahl, Mrs. Margaret Selk, Mrs. Etta Steinford and Jacob, Jr. He is also survived by his wife, one sister in Germany, 22 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. All of the surviving reside in the vicinity of Keystone.
Funeral services were held from the late home Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. C. H. Stauffacher of Cedar Rapids, and were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. Interment was made in the Keystone cemetery.