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John L. Mowder is numbered among the practical and enterprising farmers of Rock Creek township, Nemaha county, his home being on section 9. He was born in Lycoming, Pennsylvania, on the 6th of January, 1839, and is a son of Joseph and Judith (Strawb) Mowder. His father was born in Pennsylvania, in 1800, and became one of the pioneer settlers of Illinois. By occupation he was a farmer and throughout his active business career devoted his energies to the tilling of the soil. His death occurred at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. His wife was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and during her early girlhood came with her parents to America, the family locating in Pennsylvania. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mowder were born seven children: David, deceased; James, John, Elizabeth, Martha, Charles and Hiram.

Mr. Mowder of this review was the third son and child of the family. He spent his boyhood days upon the farm, and the occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work. For his companion and helpmate on life's journey he chose Miss Julia A. Shealy, the wedding being celebrated in Illinois, in 1867. The lady was born in that state and was of English lineage. She made her home with her grandfather in Sangamon county, Illinois, for her father died in her early youth and her mother afterward married again. Mr. and Mrs. Mowder began their domestic life in the Prairie state, where they remained for five years, and in 1872 they came to Nemaha county, Kansas, locating on the farm where they have since made their home. To this property Mr. Mowder has added from time to time until his landed possessions now aggregate three hundred acres. He has greatly improved the place by the erection of good buildings, a comfortable home, well kept fences and other accessories of a model farm. He also planted an orchard, and in his fields the waving grain gives evidence of abundant harvests. In connection with general farming he has carried on stock raising, and in both branches of his business he has been successful. His prosperity, however, has not been attained without great effort. He lived in the county during the time when grasshoppers destroyed the crops and when cyclones wrought ruin and desolation, but with undaunted perseverance he continued his search for success, and his indefatigable and well-directed labors have at length been crowned with a just reward. For six years Mr. Mowder has been a supporter of the Populist party. He has served as trustee of his township, and is ever interested in the welfare and progress of the county which for many years has been his home.