Different occupations claim the attention of Joseph Hartley, one of Allamakee county's most prominent and successful native sons, for he is not only one of the largest landowners, most prosperous farmers and extensive stockraisers in this vicinity, but he is also a representative and able business man. For the past twelve years he has owned and operated a large, protable sawmill, doing general customs work, and he controls an important trade as a grade contractor, his interests being all of a constructive character, which makes them valuable as factors in general advancement and growth.
He was born to John W. and Sarah G. (Ratcliffe) Hartley, of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work, in connection with the sketch of Benjamin Hartley.
Joseph Hartley acquired his education in the log schoolhouses in French Creek and Union City townships, and after he had laid aside his books continued to assist with the work of the homestead, a thing he had been accustomed to do since his childhood. When he was twenty-seven years of age he began his independent career, buying three hundred and thirty-two acres in Union City township and upon this property, which is known as the Gilchrist farm, he still resides, carrying forward its further cultivation and development along progressive and modern lines and meeting with the success which is the natural result of his industry and practical labors. He is particularly interested in stock-raising, being one of the most extensive breeders of his township, and he has made this branch of his interests an important source of income to him. Mr. Hartley has invested extensively in Canada lands, realizing as a judicious and discriminating business man the value of this property, and he now owns twelve hundred and eighty acres in Manitoba, ninety miles west of Winnipeg, which for three seasons he has had farmed in small grain. He wons in addition to this valuable holding vacant city property in Winnipeg.
His contracting business is an important and valuable one. He has recently completed a peice of road grading in Iowa township estimated at ten thousand dollars, and he put in the first artesian well on the Iowa river in Allamakee county, and has been connected with a great deal of other important work of this character. Being ambitious and energetic, he has been carried forward into important business relations and, continually enlarging the scope of his interests, stands today among the most successful and prominent of Allamakee county's native sons.
Mr. Hartley married, in 1896, Miss Carrie L. Howes, a native of French Creek township and a daughter of John Howes. She is one of a family of nine children, six of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Hartley have five children: Ethel L., who was born in 1897, and who is attending high school at Waukon; John J., whose birth occurred in 1899; Belle S., born in 1901; Albert G., born in 1906; and Charles E., born in 1912. The parents are devout members of the Presbyterian church.
Mr. Hartley is connected fraternally with the Masonic order, holding membership in the lodge at Waukon. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party, of which he is an active member. Naturally, however, he gives most of his attention to his business affairs, which are bringing him richly merited success. His worth is widely acknowledged, his business enterprise having gained him distinction in commercial circles, and his business probity stands as an unquestioned fact in his career.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall
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