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William Pohle SR

POHLE, STORMLMAN, WIEDMAN

Posted By: CH
Date: 7/5/2007 at 00:06:06

WILLIAM POHLE, SR., a well-known and highly esteemed German-American citizen of Grant county, resides on section 33, in the town of Bloomington. For more than thirty years he has been a resident of the county, and with interest has watched and assisted in its growth and development.

The birth of Mr. POHLE took place in Westphalia, Germany, on April 12, 1829. His father, Hermann POHLE, never came to this country. In his own land our subject received a good education, as all boys are required to remain at school for a certain length of time. In 1852 he married Miss Ilsabein STORMLMAN, and the following year they came to America; a resident of Iowa. An uncle of our subject, Casper POHLE, who resided in St. Louis, Mo., with his wife made a visit to Germany, in the hope of restoring her health, and upon their return our subject and family came with them, another uncle, Henry WIEDMAN, also joining the party. This family group landed in New Orleans, and went thence up the Mississippi as far as St. Louis, which was the home of Casper POHLE. It was the first intention of our subject and his uncle Henry to settle in Missouri, but the Kansas border troubles had already begun, and much excitement existed on this account, so they determined to continue on up the river and land at Guttenberg, Clayton Co., Iowa. Henry WIEDMAN settled there, and there remained until his death. Mr. POHLE was also pleased with the locality, and bought 100 acres of land in Clayton county, remaining upon it until 1868, when he came to Grant county, arriving in February of that year. His first purchase of land was on section 34, from Mr. BENHAM, and immediately he began operations which through industry and good management enabled him to continually increase his possessions, until he has become one of the most extensive farmers and stock raisers in the county. His present home is one of comfort and beauty, and here he and his estimable wife live a life of ease, although always usefully employed. As previously noted, Mr. POHLE had excellent educational opportunities, and he has always been prominently identified with the intelligent movements of his locality. His parents had but two children, and as he was the only son, he was exempt from military duty, but he is still of the opinion that the United States offers the best opening to young men. During his life in Bloomington he has won the respect of the community, and is esteemed for his recognized honesty and integrity, which were shown in three years' service on the town board; he has been administrator of several estates. In politics he is a Democrat.

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. POHLE numbered ten, seven sons and three daughters. The eldest, Louise, born in Germany, resides in Garnavillo, Iowa; Henry resides in Franklin county, Iowa; John lives in California; William and Hermann live in Bloomington; Anna resides in Patch Grove; August resides in Bloomington; Mary is in Hancock county, Iowa; Louis farms the homestead; and Edward is a dental surgeon, a rising professional man of Guttenberg, Iowa.

~Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin, publ. 1901- page 964-965

~transcribed by Carol Holmbeck

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