William Pipho, one of the leading young farmers of the county
residing on section 32, Center Township, has the honor of being a
native born Iowan. His birth occurred in Mayfield Township, Bremer
County, in 1861, he being a son of Christopher and August (Milnes)
Pipho. His father, who was born in Germany, left his native land
when a young man and crossing the broad Atlantic to America made his
way to Illinois. His father, who was born in Germany, left his
native land when a young man and crossing the broad Atlantic to
America made his way to Illinois. He had little capital and it was
thus necessary that he should secure work to earn his livelihood. He
engaged as a farm hand and continued to labor in that way until
after his marriage. His wife is a native of Illinois and they became
parents of seven children, of whom William is second in order of
birth. At an early day, we find this worthy couple had effected a
settlement in Bremer County, Iowa, where Mr. Pipho purchased land
and developed a farm. He and his wife are still residing on the old
homestead and are worthy and respected citizens of that community.
In the county of his nativity our subject spent the days of his
boyhood and youth being reared to manhood under the parental roof.
The educational advantages which he received were those afforded by
the common schools which he attended during the winter season, while
in the summer he worked upon the farm. He remained at home until
1886, and then started out in life for himself. Coming to Fayette
County, in that year he purchased an improved farm of one hundred
and eighty acres on section 32, Center Township. It is pleasantly
and conveniently situated near Maynard and has many of the
conveniences of the model farm. His land is well cultivated, his
fences in good repair, his home a comfortable dwelling and in 1888,
he erected a good barn. Everything about the place denotes the
thrift and industry of the owner who though a young man displays
business ability and sagacity which might honor a much older head.
An important event in the life of Mr. Pipho occurred in 1884,
when he led to the marriage altar Miss Louisa Lohman, the union
being celebrated in Bremer County. The lady is a native of Germany
as are also her parents, Louis and Lena (Wente) Lohman, who still
reside in Bremer County. By this union have been born three
children, two of whom are still living - Emma and Mary; Henry, the
second child and only son died in October, 1890, at the age of three
years. The parents are faithful members of the German Lutheran
Church in Harlan Township and contribute liberally to its support.
Mr. Pipho is a well informed man, keeping himself posted on the
political issues of the day, and votes with the Democratic party.
His entire life has been passed in Iowa and he has no wish to change
his place of residence. Largely through his own efforts he has
become one of the substantial farmers of the community and is
deserving of much credit for his success.