JACOB LAHR was born on the 21st day of July, 1836. His fatherâ€™s name was also Jacob, and the motherâ€™s Anna Maria. The subject is the eldest of seven children born to the above parents. He attended school from the time he was six years old, until he reached the age of fourteen continuously, under the instruction of George Sholl, and received a good German education. His place of nativity was Stetten (near Donnerâ€™s Berg), County of Kirchheim Bolanden, Rheinish, Bavaria. He was confirmed on the 24th of March 1850, by August Risch, in the Protestant Church. On the 13th of June, 1851, he embarked, in company with Peter May and family, for the United States where they arrived at Huntington, August 15th. After his arrival he was employed by his several uncles and other relatives in Clear Creek Township, clearing and farming, for about one year. After this the subjectâ€™s parents came to the county, when he joined them, and remained at home for the following five years. August 17, 1857, he was united in marriage to Miss Catharine Sperb, a native of Esselborn (near Alzey), Hessen Darmstadt, who was born February 24, 1836. To this marriage nine children were born, viz.: George W., born September 23, 1858; Jacob F., born July 21, 1860, now in Kansas; Franklin M., born December 31, 1862, died August 27, 1864; Mary E., born October 2, 1866; Susannah, born August 16, 1868; Emma, born March 27, 1871; Eli, born August 11, 1873; Barbara, born July 29, 1875; Zachariah, born July 19, 1878. Our subject is owner of 312 acres of land in Polk and Dallas Townships, 150 in the former, and the remainder in the latter township, Section 35, Dallas, and Sections 2 and 11 in Polk. This is under a good state of cultivation, and improved in a comfortable and substantial manner. Politically, Mr. Lahr, since before the election of Abraham Lincoln, has been identified with the Republican part. With the exception of about $1,000, give the subject and wife by their parents, they have, by dint of economy and energetic push, acquired their now extensive possessions, have reared a large family, and command the respect of the entire community in which they reside. The subject has never attended schools where the English language has been taught, but by his own study and application has acquired a fair, practical knowledge of the same, which enables him to transact all his affairs in a creditable and business-like manner.
Pages 743/4 â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€ (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887 Polk Township