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John Paulson


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/17/2010 at 14:14:53

John Paulson is engaged in general farming on sections 15 and 16, Amaqua township, where he owns 320 acres of land. He also carries on stock raising and has other business interests which rank him as one of the representative and valued citizens of his community. He as born in Germany, January 2, 1871, and is a son of George and Anna (Cook) Paulson. The parents were likewise natives of the fatherland and in 1871 they sailed for the new world, making Boone county, Iowa their destination. After a few years spent at teaming and in the brewery business, the father rented a tract of land, which he cultivated until 1887. He then purchased 150 acres in Amaqua township and as his financial resources increased added to his property until within the borders of his farm are comprised 290 acres. He carefully and successfully operated his land until 1904, when, following the death of his wife he retired.
John Paulson was but a few months old when his parents sailed for the new world, and he has since lived in Boone county. He was reared upon the old homestead farm in Amaqua township and pursued his education in the public schools He remained with his parents until he reached his majority and then started out independently n business life by renting land. During the three years in which he cultivated leased property he carefully saved his earnings and at the end of that time was able to purchase 160 acres on section 16, while later he bought an adjoining tract of 160 acres on sections 15 and 16, Amaqua township. He at once began to further develop the fields and improve the property by adding all modern equipments and accessories found upon the model farm of the twentieth century. He has good buildings, well kept fences and the latest improved farm machinery to facilitate the work of the fields. Moreover, he makes stock raising the principal feature of his place, handling shorthorn cattle, Percheron and Belgian horses and Poland China hogs. His stock raising interests have brought to him a gratifying financial return. He is also a stockholder and one of the directors of the Beaver Cooperative Company of Beaver.
On March 8, 1896, Mr Paulson was married to Miss Katie Maas, a daughter of Henry and Margretta Maas, who were natives of Germany and settled in Boone county, Iowa at an early period in its development. Here the father engaged in farming, operating land in Amaqua township throughout his remaining days. His widow survives him and now makes her home in Ogden. Unto Mr and Mrs Paulson ahs been born eight children: Harry, Arthur, Ray, Rudolph, Lloyd, Bernadine, Luverne and Clarence.
Politically Mr Paulson is a republican, having given stalwart support to the party since age conferred upon his the right to franchise. He is now serving for the sixth year as trustee of his township and in all public relations is loyal to the best interests of the community, standing for progress and improvement along many lines. His religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church, and he is as interested in the moral development of the community as in its material progress.

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