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John H. Gens
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
John H. Gens, a successful farmer of Emmett township, was born Feb. 4, 1873, son of John and Caroline (Rhofult) Gens, natives of Germany. He received his early education in Emmet township schools and lived on the home farm until he was twenty-six years of age, when he was married and located on a farm of his own, in section 29, Emmet township. He bought 160 acres and planted trees and erected buildings, as there were no improvements on the place when he came into possession of it. He built a barn, 70 by 48 feet, with a cement basement, and raises full-blooded Durham cattle. He has also added 80 acres more to his farm. Mr. Gens is a stockholder in the Renville Farmers' Elevator. He has also held several township offices, having been supervisor, assessor, road overseer and clerk of the school board. He is also a member of the Lutheran church and has held various offices in the church. Nov. 11, 1898, Mr. Gens was married to Ida Rachild, born in Emmet township, July 1, 1877, daughter of Albert and Minnie (Britine) Rachild. Eight children were born to these parents, all of whom are living: Alma, Mattie, Esther, Herbert, Louis, Cora, Clarence and Walter.
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