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George W. Lahr

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George W. Lahr

Posted: 11 Aug 2002 1:52PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 18 Aug 2002 1:37PM GMT
Surnames: Lahr, Sperb, Mathias, Corell, Sperb, Miller, Hahn, Gephart
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 809-10

George W. Lahr. One of the well cultivated and valuable agricultural properties of Huntington county is the Spotted Stock Farm, a tract consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, located one and one-half miles south of Andrews, Indiana, in Dallas township, on the Andrews and Monument City gravel road. The proprietor of this farm, George W. Lahr, is one of the progressive and energetic men of his community, and has won success through well directed and persistent effort, at the same time giving his influence and means to the betterment of society, to schools and church, to the support of good government and order and to industries which he has believed have been calculated to promote the interests of this section of the Hoosier state.

Mr. Lahr is thoroughly informed as to climate and soil conditions in Dallas township, for he has resided here all his life. He was born on a farm in Polk township, in September, 1858, a son of Jacob and Catherine (Sperb) Lahr, natives of Germany. He is a grandson on the paternal side of Jacob and Marie (Mathias) Lahr and a great-grandson of Ulrich Lahr, who married a Miss Corell. The great-grandparents immigrated from Germany to America in 1842, locating in the then wilderness of Clear Creek township, Huntington county, Indiana, where they spent the remainder of their lives, and nearly all the Lahrs in this county are their descendants. Jacob and Marie (Mathias) Lahr left their native land of Germany for the United States in 1852, and they also established their home in Clear Creek township. They were accompanied on the voyage by their sons and daughters, excepting Jacob, who came over in 1851 with a friend. Jacob Lahr was born in Rhine Bavaria, Germany, in 1836, and was about fourteen years of age at the time of the immigration. In Huntington county he met and married Catherine Sperb, who was born in the Rhine Province of Hessen-darmstadt in 1836, and was twenty years of age when she came to this country. After their marriage they settled on a property in section 11, Polk township, and they resided their until 1872, in which year they moved to section 2, in the same township, two miles south of Andrews, their farm there continuing to be their home and Mr. Lahr’s field of agricultural operations until death. Nine children were born to Jacob and Catherine Lahr, of whom eight survive: J.F., a resident of Oklahoma; Elizabeth, who is the wife of H.G. Miller, of Union township, Huntington county; Susie, who is the wife of A.C. Hahn, of Polk township; Emma, the wife of William Gephart, of Allen county, Indiana; Eli, whose home is at Lincoln, Nebraska; Barbara, who married John P. Miller, of Polk township; and Zachary T., who resides at Cache, Oklahoma.

George W. Lahr was reared on the home farm in section 11, Polk township, until he was fourteen years of age, and then accompanied the family to the property in section 2. He was given his educational training in school district No. 1 during the short winter terms, but, like most boys of his day and locality, during the summer months he was expected to assist his father and brothers in cultivating the home fields. He grew up an industrious and ambitious youth, and continued to remain under the parental roof until 1897, in which year he purchased the nucleus of his present property, which has since been developed into one of the finest farms of its size in this part of the county. Aside from his general farming operations, in which he has been successful, Mr. Lahr is known as a scientific breeder of fine horses and cattle, as well as hogs. His specialty, from which his property derives its name, is the Spotted Arabian horse, his product at all times demanding a high price in the market. As a business man he is far sighted and capable, and his associates know him as a man of the utmost integrity, while his signature is always honored on commercial paper. During his long residence in Dallas township he has formed a wide acquaintance, and in this he numbers many warm friends. He has always supported republican principles and candidates but otherwise has not been particularly active in politics.

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