Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

OLTMAN D. JUCHEMS an energetic and enterprising young citizen and prosperous general agriculturist and stock-raiser of Centreville Township, on section 24, Linn County, Kan., is one of the successful and rising farmers of the west. Born in Grand Detour, Ogle County, Ill., April 4, 1860, he spent the early years of his life in his native state, where his parents, Daniel D. and Greitze (Oltman) Juchems, were well known and highly esteemed. The father, a native of Germany, was born in the province of Hanover, in 1821. The mother, also of German birth, and a native of the city of Emden, province of Hanover, was born June 7, 1820. Educated in the Fatherland and there attaining to mature years, the parents married, and some time afterward decided to try their fortunes in America. Together they bade farewell to the old friends and scenes of childhood, and crossing the broad ocean were soon safely landed in the United States. In a brief time they were transported to the prairies of Illinois, and settled in Ogle County in 1855. The father died July 7, 1862, and the mother, a woman of strong character and courage, some years afterward removed with her family to Kansas, and died at an advanced age in Centreville Township May 23, 1890.

Four children had clustered in the home, of whom the eldest, Maggie, died in childhood. Feijo was the second-born; Roelf was the third in order of birth; Oltman, our subject, was the youngest of the parents' family. Mr. Juchems received a fairly good common education in the district schools of Grand Detour and Anderson County, Kan., and from his youth trained to habits of thrift and industry, attained to mature years manly and self-reliant. He was only a babe of two years when his father died, and was but a lad of twelve years when his mother and her family journeyed to Kansas, settling in Anderson County in May, 1872. A thoroughly practical farmer, our subject has with excellent results cultivated his present homestead of two hundred and forty acres in Centreville Township. He at one time farmed and owned a valuable tract of four hundred acres in Anderson County, but profitably disposed of that property and now gives his entire attention to the home farm, which annually yields an abundant harvest. The broad acreage is improved with good and commodious buildings, modern in construction and convenient in arrangement.

In Anderson County, Kan., June 23, 1889, were united in marriage Oltman D. Juchems and Miss Jennie Hamilton, daughter of Benjamin F. and Margaret (Harkness) Hamilton, old-time residents and highly respected citizens of Anderson County. Mr. Hamilton was a native New Englander, and born in Aroostook County, Me. The mother of Mrs. Juchems was born in Newburgh, N. Y. The four children, one son and three daughters, of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were: Mary C, William G., Margaret E. and Jennie. The latter, the estimable wife of our subject, was born in Grand Detour, Ogle County, Ill., July 7, 1867, and a young lady of superior ability, is a social favorite among a large circle of friends. Mrs. Juchems was only a little child when her parents located in Kansas. She was educated in Anderson County, where she grew up to womanhood. One child, Vera M., born in Centreville, Linn County, June 6, 1891, has blessed the pleasant home of the young father and mother. Until September, 1889, our subject continued to reside in Anderson County, but at that period settled in his present locality. Mr. and Mrs. Juchems take an active part in the social and benevolent enterprises of their home neighborhood and enjoy the regard of the community of Centreville Township. Although not aspiring to political promotion, our subject is intelligently interested in local and national government and is well posted in the active and vital issues of the day. He is especially friendly to educational advancement, and is ever ready to assist by word and deed in all matters pertaining to mutual welfare, and is a true American citizen, hard working, ambitious and upright in character.

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