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AUGUST JOERS. Pine township, Porter county, Indiana, is a thriving agricultural community and within its boundaries are situated some of the most highly improved farms to be found in the state, while the men who own and cultivate them are among the most progressive to be found anywhere. August Joers, a leading farmer of this community, and a man who has spent his entire lifetime in this, his native county, is owner of a highly developed farm in Pine township, comprising two hundred and fifty-two acres of fertile land, and his home is one of the most hospitable here.
Mr. Joers was born July 15, 1864, a son of Jolm and Elizabeth (Bobzein) Joers, both of whom were natives of Germany and were reared in that country. They immigrated to the United States when still young, and located in LaPorte county, where their marriage later occurred. In 1862 they became residents of Porter county and continued citizens of that place until their death. Mrs. Joers' death occurred in 1897, while her husband lived until February, 1903.
August Joers was a member of a family of eleven children, although but one of his brothers, Henry, of LaPorte, Indiana, and one sister Minnie, wife of W. C. Heck, of Chicago, survive. He was raised on the farm and secured his education in the public schools and later at a German school in Michigan City, Indiana. In 1888 he established an independent home of his own, in which year he took as his bride Miss Augusta Bartles, a fine young woman who was born in Germany in 1866 and came to this country with her sister the same year that she was married to Mr. Joers. Her parents were William and Sophia (Swan) Bartles, neither of whom ever left their native Germany, the mother's demise occurring in that country in 1905, and the father's, in 1910. Mrs. Joers received a good education in the schools of her native land. Five children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Joers, namely: Herman J., Clara M., Lewis, Robert and Harry. The family are prominent in the social life of the community and hold membership in St. Johns church at Michigan City, Indiana. Mr. Joers is a popular member of the Independent Order of Foresters and also belongs to the German Guild. He has always taken a keen interest in public affairs and has several times served his township in official capacity. He holds Democratic political principles and was for four years a member of the board of trustees of Pine township, having been first elected to that office in 1902. Mr. Joers is a man of energy and strict honesty, has always proven true to all trusts imposed on him, public or private, and is one of the most highly esteemed residents of the county.
Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
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