HOAR, VALE, BARNARD
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/12/2011 at 19:28:36
WILLIAM HOAR. The career of this gentleman has been marked by enterprise and industry, and his well directed efforts have been rewarded by the accumulation of a goodly property and the machinery and stock necessary for carrying on a first-class farm. Mr. Hoar is one of those men of whom we have reason to be proud on account of the example they present of industry, morality and good citizenship.
A native of England, our subject was born in Devonshire December 4, 1827, and is the son of Henry and Clogen (Vale) Hoar, also natives of England, where they were farmers by occupation. The parents emigrated to the United States in 1851, one year after our subject came. Henry Hoar rented land near Cleveland, Ohio, and continued to farm until 1854, when he went to Stephenson County, Ill., and there made his home until his decease, at the advanced age of eighty years. His good wife, who is also deceased, was like himself a devoted member of the Episcopal Church.
William Hoar, of this sketch, was the eldest in his parentsí family of three children, his two brothers being James and John H. He received a good education, and remained upon his fatherís farm in England until reaching his twenty-third year, at which time he crossed the Atlantic and landed on American shores. Going directly to Cleveland, Ohio, he was there engaged in gardening for the next four years, and in 1854 he removed to Stephenson County, Ill., where he rented a farm and was engaged in its cultivation for many years.
In the spring of 1875 our subject came to Iowa and purchased a quarter-section of land in Pleasant Valley Township, where he is residing at the present time. Prior to coming here, in 1850, he was married to Miss Susan A. Barnard, also a native of England, and to them have been born seven children, of whom only two are living, Henry and Carrie. They have been given good educations, having attended school in Grundy Centre, and Carrie has taught several terms.
Mrs. Hoar aided her husband very materially in attaining his present high standing among the agriculturists in the community. She was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church, which denomination she joined when fifteen years of age. She died October 9, 1882, when in her fifty-sixty year.
Not only has Mr. Hoar pursued his chosen calling with energy and brought to bear upon it a high degree of intelligence, but he has manifested an almost equal amount of zeal for the public welfare. He may be counted upon to bear a part in every worthy enterprise, which fact has been recognized by his fellow-citizens, who have bestowed upon him the office of Township Trustee and Supervisor. He is an ardent Democrat in politics and is true at all times to the interests of his party.
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