Putnam County Pioneer Biographies, Sketches and Obituaries

Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Nancy Piper unless stated otherwise



John H. Rauch, a retired agriculturist residing at University Place, has been a resident of Lancaster county for almost three decades and still owns an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Saltillo precinct. His birth occurred in South Hanover, twelve miles west of Harrisburg, in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, on the 16th of December, 1847, his parents being Jacob and Mary F. (Felty) Rauch, who were also natives of that county. In 1866 they took up their abode near Hennepin, in Putnam county, Illinois, where the father passed away in 1876, when seventy-four years old, while the mother died in 1874, at the age of sixty-eight years. The family is of German descent, its first American ancestor having emigrated to the United States in colonial times, while the great-grandfather of our subject fought in the Revolutionary war.

John H. Rauch was reared on the home farm in Pennsylvania and attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education. He was a young man of nineteen years when in 1866 he accompanied his parents on their removal to Putnam county, Illinois, and there turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits. In March, 1887, he came to Lancaster county, Nebraska, purchasing a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Saltillo precinct, which he operated throughout the remainder of his active business career and which is still owned by him. This was an improved property when it came into his possession, but he soon found it necessary to rebuild the house and erect a new barn and other buildings. Success attended his farming operations in gratifying degree, so that at length he felt justified in putting aside the active work of the fields and for the past seven years has lived retired. He first made his home in Bethany for a short time and then took up his abode in University Place, having a beautiful residence at No. 2409 P street. The old home farm in Saltillo precinct is now operated by his son Merle.

In 1872, in Putnam county, Illinois, Mr. Rauch was united in marriage to Miss Marion J. Stouffer, who was born in Shiremanstown, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1851, her parents being Henry N. and Susan (Mull) Stouffer, also natives of that county. They became early settlers of Putnam county, Illinois, and spent the remainder of their lives in Hennepin. To Mr. and Mrs. Rauch were born ten children, two of whom are deceased. The surviving members of the family are as follows: Mrs. Anna Hartz, a resident of Scotts Bluff county, Nebraska; Jennie, who is the wife of John E. Mostler, of Saltillo township, Lancaster county; Mina, who gave her hand in marriage to J. E. Seacrist, of Saltillo precinct; Madge, the wife of Clarence Dixon, of University Place; Alva, who is the wife of Dr. H. H. Humphrey, living in Daykin, Nebraska; Irene, who is the wife of George F. Patton, of Los Angeles, California; Merle A., operating the home farm; and Robert, farming in Saltillo precinct.

Mr. Rauch exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and is an advocate of prohibition principles. Both he and his wife are devoted members of the Methodist church, which they joined many years ago. His has been an active, useful and honorable career and now in the evening of life he can look back upon the past without regret and forward to the future without fear. His interest in community affairs is deep and sincere and he has been a proud witness of the progress and development of this part of the state for nearly three decades.
[Source: Lincoln: the capital city and Lancaster County, Nebraska: Volume 2 - Page 342
Andrew J. Sawyer - 1916 ]



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