M. J. Hart is one of the extensive landowners of Allamakee
county and is equally prominent as a buyer and shipper of horses,
cattle and hogs. His business interests are, indeed, important
and, furthermore, his life record indicates the possibilities of
attainment of success when one is ambitious, energetic and
capable. Mr. Hart has worked his way upward entirely through his
own efforts and his business record is a most creditable one. He
was born on the Hart homestead in Paint Creek township on the
19th of March, 1860, and is a brother of W. S. Hart, of Waukon,
in connection with whose sketch mention of the family is made.
In the district schools M. J. Hart pursued his education and for twelve years after putting aside his books he was engaged in railroad construction work. In this way he visited nearly every state west of the Mississippi but for several years past he has devoted his attention largely to the buying and shipping of horses, cattle and hogs and to the management of his extensive real-estate interests.
Mr. Hart was united in marriage, in 1900, to Miss Mary Brennan, a daughter of John Brennan, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. They attend the Catholic church and contribute generously to its support. Mr. Hart has always made his home in Allamakee county, although business interests have at different times called him into other sections. He has a wide acquaintance here and is recognized as a most able business man, alert, energetic, wide-awake and determined.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Jan Miller
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