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Peter P. HENTGES, (picture insert) is engaged in the implement business at Alta Vista as senior member of the firm Hentges & Nosbisch.  He was born at North Washington, Iowa, 12 February 1886, a son of Nicholas and Anna (MAIERS) HENTGES.

Peter's father, Nicholas HENTGES, was born in Dubugue County Iowa, 26 Sep 1857, and his parents being Peter and Mary (SCHMIDT) HENTGES.  Nicholas was married 31 January 1882 to Miss Anna MAIERS.   She was born in Liberty Township, Dubugue County Iowa on 15 September 1862, a daughter of John and Susan (GRINER) MAIERS.

Following his marriage, Nicholas HENTGES and his brother (Peter HENTGES) conducted a general store for nine years, at the end which time their place of business was destroyed by fire.  Having lost his store in September 1891, he turned to farming on the old family estate until 1911 when he retired to New Hampton. Nicholas and Anna reared a family of three sons and three daughters: Mrs Susan NOSBISCH, Mrs Mary HILSMAN, Frank, Mrs Barbara DELSING, Arthur, and Nicholas.

Peter P. HENTGES, assisted his father until he reached the age of twenty-four years, when he wed Susan LENTZ on 26 September 1911, a daughter of Nick and Susan LENTZ both natives of Germany. Mrs LENTZ still lives on the old family farm, located two and one-half miles west of North Washington and Mr LENTZ passed away upon that place about sixteen years ago.

Peter HENTGES attended parochial schools of North Washington and he attended the Interstate School of Commerce at New Hampton taking commerical courses there.  He started in business with partner, Nick NOSBISCH, a year prior to his marriage and they are identified with the agricultural implement trade of Alta Vista.

Mr and Mrs HENTGES have four children: Clifford, Clement, Elroy, and Robert.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Synopsis of pages 464 - 467



L. J. Hildman is a leading merchant and representative business man of Ionia, where he has successfully conducted a general store for the past eighteen years. He was born in Germany on the 22nd of September, 1869, a son of Cristpoh and Catherine (Grose) Hildman, who spent their entire lives in that country. His education was acquired in the public schools of his native land and there he spent the period of his minority. In 1890, when 21 years of age, he determined to try his fortune in America, having heard many favorite reports concerning the advantages and opportunities to be enjoyed on this side of the Atlantic. After reaching the United States he spent one month in Albany, New York, and thence made his way into the interior of the country to Iowa, locating at North Buena Vista in Clayton county, where he secured employment as a farm hand. In 1891 he removed to Dubuque county and went to work as clerk in a general store at Holy Cross, where he remained for eleven years and laid the foundation for his later business success. In the fall of 1901, feeling that his capital and experience justified him in embarking in business on his own account, he came to Ionia and established his present mercantile interests. He had previously made a trip to Ionia in search of a business location, had purchased a building and made other preparations for this later removal. During the eighteen years of his connection with the town he has built up an extensive and gratifying patronage as a general merchant, for he has gained a well merited reputation for thorough reliability and spares no effort in meeting the needs and wishes of his customers. His store is neat and attractive in arrangement and he carries a large and well selected line of general merchandise at reasonable prices.

In 1897 Mr. Hildman was united in marriage to Miss Angela Gotto, of Holy Cross, nine children, as follows: Emma, Raymond, who is acting as assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Ionia; Leo; Mathilda; Olivaria; Florence; Clair; Matona; and John Louis. All are still under the parental roof.

In his political views Mr. Hildman is a democrat, loyally supporting the men and measures of that party at the polls. He is a devout communicant of the Catholic Church, and belongs to the Roman Catholic Protective Society. He has never has occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found the opportunities which he sought and through their wise utilization has won a place among the substantial and respected citizens of his community.

Source:History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919), Vol. II, Page 81

Also click here to read the Hildman 50th wedding anniversary article printed in the Nashua Reporter, 14 May 1947.


George P. HOCKSPEIER, now a prosperous farmer of Chickasaw County, Iowa, living on Section 5, Washington Township, was born 10 December 1873, in a log cabin which was built by his parents on the farm he still occupies.

His parents were John HOCKSPEIER, born January 1834 and Rosa BAUER, born April 29, 1838, (pictures insert) who came to the United States from Germany as children with their respective parents.  They became acquainted and were married in Chicago, on 9 July 1858.  In September of the same year, they drove oxen and a wagon across the country to Chickasaw County were they purchased 160 acres of government land, for which was paid a dollar and quarter per acre.  It was entirely destitute of improvements and bore little resemblance to the highly cultivated farm upon which his son now resides.

John HOCKSPEIER served in the Civil War as a member of Company I, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry.   On July 9, 1877, he was crippled in an accident while driving a wagon to New Hampton, Iowa which injured his spine and impaired his physical ability for the rest of his life.  Mr HOCKSPEIER died at the old homestead November 20, 1907 and Mrs HOCKSPEIER died August 22,1913.

On 5 February 1908, George HOCKSPEIER was married to Miss Lydia REINHART, a daughter of Samuel REINHART and Anna LEHMAN, who originally came from Switzerland to Howard County in pioneer times.  To Mr and Mrs HOCKSPEIER have been born two children, Lloyd Winton and Eunice LaVerne, aged respectively eight and four years.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919), Vol II, pages 352 - 355