Lee County Biography


David F. Lahman is one of the leading farmers and stockmen of Lee County, which is indebted to him and men of like caliber, energy, enterprise and business tact for its substantial progress within the last quarter of a century or more, whereby it has become a finely improved and wealthy agricultural and commercial center. He has a beautiful farm and a home that is very attractive in its appointments and surroundings, on section 35, China Township, just outside the village limits of Franklin Grove, which was the homestead that his father purchased when it was a tract of uncultivated land, with the exception of about forty acres, and developed from the wilderness after he settled here as one of the early pioneers of this region.

Mr. Lahman was born in Washington County, Md., February 3, 1837, being a son of Christian and Elizabeth Lahman. Me received a good training for his life work, while helping his father to bring Ins land under subjection, for he was set to work as soon as he was large enough to make himself useful, and he grew up under wholesome and invigorating pioneer influences to be self-reliant, full of resource, prompt to take advantage of every opportunity to make money legitimately, and he early displayed that enterprise that has characterized his whole career since he became independent. His farm, which formerly belonged to his father, now contains two hundred and four acres of fine land, on which he has made as good improvements as can be found in this part of the county. He has erected large barns and other conveniently arranged out-buildings, and a commodious residence of a modern style of architecture adorns the place. This is one of the pleasantest homes in the township, its interior being well planned and adapted to the needs of the family; it is furnished in good taste, and its walls are ornamented with fine oil paintings, the work of his daughter Lulu, his only child, who is an artist of merit, and was well educated at Mt. Morris.

Mr. Lahman gives his attention to quite an extensive business in the stock-raising line, and makes a specialty of breeding Percheron horses, of which he has a number of fine specimens. He was for some years connected with his brother in a large stock business in Story County, Iowa, and he also dealt extensively in live stock at Franklin Grove for a time, doing all the shipping that was done from that point at that time. He has given some attention to the grain trade and was once a partner of the firm of George H. Taylor & Co., grain dealers. For seventeen years he has done an enormous business in the poultry line during the season, which commences November 15 and continues from sixty-five to seventy days, when he handles from 425,000 to $30,000 worth of poultry of different kinds.

Mr. Lahman was married in 1864 to Miss Anna Brough, their marriage being solemnized in Pennsylvania, where the bride was born and reared, her native place being in Adams County. She is a daughter of Andrew and Lydia Brugh, of Adams County, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Lahman are members of the German Baptist Church, in which faith he was reared, and they contribute liberally towards its support. Politically he is a Republican and is true to his party. This brief outline of his life shows plainly his worth as a citizen, and we may add that the entire community hold him in genuine respect.

Source: Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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