JOHN H. HAVIGHORST was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1820, emigrated to
America in 1836, settled at Havana in 1837, and has since resided in Mason
county; was one of the persons present at an election held at Havana in 1837, at
which there were but twelve voters in the precinct -- Mr. Havighorst not being
of sufficient age to vote. He as elected sheriff in 1848, served two years, was
re-elected in 1858 for two years, and in 1862 for a third term of two years.
In 1846 he was elected circuit clerk; served four years. Between these several
official terms he has been engaged in farming.
Mr. Havighorst has, in all these positions, made a prompt and efficient officer,
as these frequent re-elections testify. Though now the years have crept upon
him, it has been almost imperceptible, and he yet bids fair for many more.
Active and vigorous in his habits, h e is in no danger of rusting out, and the
care he takes and has taken to preserve his frame in its present vigor, he may
still be expected to keep it from wearing out.
To Mr. H.ís long residence, familiarity with public affairs, and splendid memory
of early events, and his kindness in communicating them to us, we are indebted
for many facts contained herein .
These families have been ever prominently identified with Mason countyís
Contributed by: Jeanie Lowe