LEWIS DEKLOTZ, a prominent banker of Newhall, Iowa, was born in Cedar county, Iowa, March 19, 1862, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Fetter) Deklotz, who are mentioned at length elsewhere in this work.
Mr. Deklotz received his early education in the public schools of Benton county, where he grew to manhood on his father's farm. He later attended Tilford Academy at Vinton five terms and taught school four winters, two in St. Clair township and two in Florence township, spending the summers in farming for himself. The year 1885-6 he spent in Pocahontas county, Iowa, where he owned a piece of land which he afterward sold, and, returning to Benton county, carried on his father's farm. In the fall of 1888 Mr. Deklotz bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Eldorado township, which he cultivated until May, 1904, at which time he accepted the position of cashier of the Newhall Savings Bank, which position he still fills, residing on his farm. He has proven himself a good business manager and banker, and in 1905 he purchased an additional eighty acres of land, which he looks after in addition to his other duties. The bank was organized in 1894, with a capital of fifteen thousand dollars, and fifteen years later had acquired a surplus of fifteen thousand dollars. Mr. Deklotz has been a director in the bank since its organization. This institution has won the confidence and patronage of the most prosperous men of the community, and does a constantly increasing business. Mr. Deklotz is a stockholder in the Atlas Insurance Company, of Des Moines, Iowa. In politics he is a strong adherent of the Democratic party, and though he has never aspired to office he served six years as township clerk and twelve years as secretary of the school board. He was reared in the German Catholic faith, but has recently not been very active in the church, owing to the absence of opportunity in his vicinity. However, he gives freely to religious, charitable and educational causes. Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of Pythias, St. Valentine Lodge No. 67, of Newhall, of which he has served as master of exchequer since its organization. Mr. Deklotz is a patriotic and useful citizen, and is an enterprising, hustling man of business. He is a great lover of home and family, and takes great pride in his children.
On May 22, 1888, Mr. Deklotz married Lena, daughter of Henry and Louisa Davis, farmers of Benton county. Her father, given mention at length elsewhere in this volume, located in Benton county, in 1862. Mrs. Deklotz received her education in the district schools. They became the parents of children as follows: Mabel, Edward J., Ralph R., Gilbert G., Roy and Merrill. Mabel is the wife of John Seeman, of Benton county. The two elder sons are farmers living in Benton county, and the remainder of the children are at home.
Picture of Lewis Deklotz