Harrison County Iowa Genealogy


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John EMGE, a farmer residing on section 4, Lincoln Township, has been identified with the interests of Harrison County for some years. The first four years he was here he rented land in Raglan township. He also rented in Monona County two years. He was a poor man at the time of his coming and had a wife and three children, with only a capital of $40. After these years of renting land he paid $20 per acre for a partly improved tract of land, which is included in his present farm. He broke out fifteen acres the first year, erected a comfortable house, shedding, etc., and is now in possession of a comfortable home.

Mr. EMGE was born in Pennsylvania in May, 1850. His parents were Nicholas and Elizabeth EMGE, who were natives of Germany. They had a family of six children, our subject being the youngest. The children were named Christopher, Peter, Nicholas, Agnes, Adam and John.

Our subject remained in the Keystone State until he was seven years old and then accompanied his parents to Ohio. He remained at home until he was of age, receiving a common-school education and assisting his father as he could. He was married in August, 1870, to Mary J. BARNHART, the daughter of William and Mary BARNHART, natives of New York State, who reared a family of nine children, our subject's wife being the fourth. The family consisted of William, Jasper, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Caroline, Sarah, Sylvester, and two who died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. EMGE are the parents of six children, as follows: M. R. , William R., Clarence O., Mary E., E. J., and Laura.

In religious matters our subject is a believer in the Roman Catholic faith.

Politically, Mr. EMGE is identified with the Republican party.

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