AHRENS, JOHN B, retired farmer; P. O. Spring Bay; was born in Hanover, Germany, December 21, 1810; emigrated to America in 1846, stopping in New Orleans about five years, and in 1852, came directly to Spring Bay, purchasing two lots and erecting a small house. For the next ten years John Ahrens was employed most of the time in warehouse; in 1863, purchased forty acres of land and commenced farming. He was married in Germany in 1831, to Miss Katrina Knoll; she was born in Germany in 1805; have had five children, three living — “Wilhelmina (now Mrs. Peter Peterson, of Marshall County), Margaret (now Mrs. Wm. Fisher, of Spring Bay), and Henry; lost two — Joseph died in the army in 1864; and Harmon, died in Spring Bay in 1871. John B Ahrens now owns 72 acres of land and 23 town lots.