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John Kahrs
Cox Creek Twp.

John Kahrs, farmer, P.O. Communia, was born in New York City in 1847. His parents, John and Anna Kahrs, nee Van Staden, were natives of Hanover, Germany. They came to the United States in 1841, and located in New York City, where they both died, the father in 1848, and the mother in 1864. The subject of this record learned the trades of a confectioner and butcher, in New York and followed them for four years. He then engaged in gardening in the vicinity of that city until 1878, when he came to Clayton County. Since his residence here he has followed farming in Cox Creek Township, and has made a financial success of it. His marriage occurred in 1870, to Adeline, daughter of William and Catherine (Strickfuss) Dierssen, natives of Germany. They came to America and located in Charleston, S. C., where they both died. Mr. and Mrs. Kahrs have seven children—Julia, Clara, Mabel, Louisa, John, William and Anna. The latter two are deceased. Mr. Kahrs enlisted in the regular army in 1866, and served three years, fighting the Indians on the frontier. He was wounded in the thigh on Sept. 12, 1867, at the battle of Smoky Hill river by a minie ball.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 746-747


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