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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


Fred EHLERS, miller, settled in Plymouth and established himself in his present business in 1874. He is associated with his brother. They built their mill and continue sole proprietors.

Mr. EHLERS was born in Milwaukee Co., Wis., April 28, 1843, and passed his younger days on his father's farm, attending the common schools. When seventeen he entered a flouring mill at Maysville, Jackson county, to learn the trade, where he remained one and a half years, going thence to Hamilton. He worked there two years and went to Trueville. His next move was to Milwaukee, to attend Bryant and Stratton's Commercial College. On leaving school he went to Chicago and found employment as clerk in a wholesale flour store and afterward in a wholesale grocery.

After spending a year in Chicago, he went to Grafton, Wis., and was occupied there in a mill one and a half years, going to Benton Co., Iowa, where he bought a flour mill of Jacob SAMS, at Shellsburg, which he operated until coming to Plymouth.

Mr. EHLERS was married in 1867 to Miss M. K. KNAPP, of New York. Harry, Freddie, Minnie, George, Daisy and Arthur are the names of their children.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 827. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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