From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 483-484, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William Rohn, a practical farmer and stock raiser, was born in
Cass County, September 27, 1854. His father, Henry, came to the county
in 1835, took up Government land near Beardstown, and here lived,
labored, and died April 21, 1891. He was then eighty-six years of age.
He was a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, of good German blood, came to this
country in 1835 with his brother John, and they began life as farmers.
Here this brother died when he was seventy years old. (For further
family history, see biography of Henry Rohn in this book.) William's
mother is yet living, very smart and active, and on her eighty-first
birthday, November 21, 1891, enjoyed the kind hospitality of her
neighbors in the form of a surprise party.
William Rohn owns 160 acres in Homestead, and eighty acres of
bottom land. He has always lived on this farm. He is famous as a local
Nimrod, having killed more ducks than any other man in this part of the
State. He has been a hunter all his life, and has made some wonderful
scores. In the spring of 1885 he killed 165 ducks in three and one half
hours. His shots are always on the wing, he always giving his game a
chance. He has always carried off the prizes in the pigeon and other
shooting matches. He takes great interest in these pursuits, and keeps
a fine pack of hunting dogs.
He was married in Beardstown, to Gusta Mahan, born and reared in
this county, and died, after fourteen years of married life, in 1891.
She was thirty-two years of age. She was a good, worthy woman, and the
mother of six children, those living being Edwin, Anna and Fred. He was
married for the second time, to Anna Mann, who was born, reared and
educated in Cass county. Her father, John, died some years ago, but her
mother is still living in Beardstown. Both wives, as well as Mr. Rohn
have been worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Rohn is
a Republican in politics. They are very successful people, hard
workers, and much esteemed by the whole neighborhood.
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