HILIP BOHL, who is worthy of more than a mere mention in a work of this nature, is an
"Ohio man" in the broadest and best sense of that term. He arrived in this
section of the country when a large portion of the soil of York county still rested
undisturbed by the plowshare, and while the primitive dwellings of the settlers were few
and far between. The township of Morton, in which he located, gladly welcomed within its
precincts every man who was blessed with ambition and brains. In this category the subject
of this sketch was placed at once, and he proved himself equal the demands made upon him.
The childhood home of Mr. Bohl was in Washington county, Ohio, where his birth
occurred February 17, 1847. His parents, Nicholas and Mary (Gettle) Bohl, were natives of
Germany and on corning to the United States, in 1834, settled in Washington county, Ohio,
where the father followed farming throughout his active business life. He is still living
at the advanced age of eighty-two years, honored and respected by all who know him, but
the mother departed this life in 1897. To them were born four sons, of whom three are
still living, and two now make their home in Nebraska.
Reared in Ohio, Philip Bohl obtained his education in the public schools of that
state, and as soon as large enough he began to assist in the work of the home farm,
remaining with his parents until he attained his majority. In 1868 he removed to Moultrie
county, Illinois, where he continued to reside until 1871, when he came to York county,
Nebraske (sic), and took up a homestead on section 30, Morton township. He soon sold that
place however, and purchased his present farm on section 28, the same township, it being a
pre-emption and entirely unimproved. He at once turned his attention to breaking and
cultivating his land, and now has one of the best farms in this locality. It comprises a
quarter-section of land and is improved with good and substantial buildings.
In 1884 Mr. Bohl was united in marriage with Miss Jerusha Brooker, who was also
born in Washington county, Ohio, and is a daughter of Morgan and Maria (Trobridge)
Brooker, natives of Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively. Both died in Ohio, the
mother in 1873. Mrs. Bohl is an earnest member of the Lutheran church, and he belongs to
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Modern
Brotherhood of America. In political sentiment he is a Democrat, but has never cared for
the honors or emoluments of public office, preferring to give his entire time to his
business interests. He is, however, a public spirited citizen, and never withholds his
support from any object which he believes will prove of public benefit.
COMPENDIUM OF LOCAL BIOGRAPHY.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES--BUTLER, POLK, SEWARD, YORK AND
FILLMORE COUNTIES, NEBRASKA.