Additional Donations Recognized on American Trotter Trail

October 2, 2014 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) would like to extend their thanks to a recent donor to the American Trotter Trail project, the Vern Lohmann Family.  The Lohmann family made a donation of a bench, trash receptacle and light in the memory of their husband and father, Vern, honoring him with a plaque on the bench that reads, “Vern Lohmann – Bus Driver – Business Man”.

Vern Lohmann was a man dedicated to his community that especially loved supporting local students.  Mr. Lohmann was a bus driver at the ICSD for over 35 years. He drove a regular school bus route and for multiple athletic, band and extracurricular events over the years; He certainly cherished his time spent with the students.

Additionally, Mr. Lohmann owned and ran Vern’s True Value for 30 years while also selling and installing elevators and stair lifts for the physically challenged throughout the state of Iowa.

At this time, only three bench locations remain open for recognition.  The funds donated to the American Trotter Trail Project are used to pay for the benches, lighting and litter receptacles along the trail.  The District recently installed additional lights along the American Trotter Trail using donated proceeds.

Making a donation to the American Trotter Trail is a distinct way to honor a loved one, recognize a graduating class (Class of XXXX), remember an achievement (XXXX State Champs), or publicize your business name to all who frequent the trail.

Community members have access to this paved trail on part of the Independence Community School District’s 92 acres. The American Trotter Trail name is in honor of the late C.W. Williams who owned a horse racing publication in the 1890’s called, The American Trotter, and also had a nationally recognized kite-shaped horse racing track, located primarily on the school’s 92 acres.  The American Trotter Trail connects all three school buildings, creating a unified campus.

To make a donation or for more information on the American Trotter Trail, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at and click on the News/Projects page.


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LaVon Lohmann and daughter, Tami Fenner.

LaVon Lohmann and daughter, Tami Fenner.