Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/12/2009 at 13:39:04
Jacob Hess, a resident farmer and stock raiser of Amaqua township, living on Sec 4 has resided in Boone county only since 1889, but during that period he has become widely recognized s a business man of ability practical in all his farming operations. He as born in Lake county, Illinois, on February 6, 1859, his parents being Anthony and Christina Hess, both of whom were natives of Germany, whence they came to America in 1844, taking up their abode in Lake county, where the father secured a tract of land and carried on agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred n 1897. His wife survived him about two years, passing away in 1899. Of their family of twelve children only three came to Iowa, namely: Fred who is now a farmer residing in Greene county, William who carried on farming in Clay county, and Jacob of this review.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for Mr Hess in his early youth. He worked in field and meadow and pursued his education I the public schools near his home, but when he had arrived at manhood an important event in his life occurred, his marriage to Miss Sophia Tibbie, of Kankakee, Illinois. He father was a farmer of that place and spent his entire life there. Mr and Mrs Hess became the parents of seven children, all of whom are at home, namely; Frank, Robert, Robert, Warren, Elmer, Algie and Leonard.
When Mr Hess came to the west in 1889 he settled upon his present farm, on Sec 4, Amaqua township and at once began the improvement and cultivation of this tract. He now owns 93 acres, which is under a high state of cultivation, and in the rich fields are seen the various crops which are adapted to the soil and climate. He has never been and office seeker, nor has he held positions of public or political preferment, but he has always given a loyal support to the Republican party. Socially he is identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, belonging to the camp which holds its meetings in the Beaver schoolhouse. His life has been one of unremitting diligence, and as the years have passed his labors have been manifest t eh acquirement of a good farm and comfortable home.
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