At the end of that time the father began farming independently and met with gratifying success in his labors. The parents of our subject became acquainted in the Amana colony and to their union were born six children, Lizzie, August, Henry, John, Mary, and William.
August Dellamuth was educated in this county and by assisting his father with the farm work, familiarized himself with the best methods of tilling the soil and raising stock. Since 1904 he has owned and resided on a splendid property comprising two hundred acres on sections 9 and 16, Washington Township, and has given his undivided attention to the operation of his farm, which is well improved. His industry and careful management have resulted in the attainment of a gratifying measure of financial success.
In 1909 Mr. Dellamuth was married to Mrs. Charles Roggentine, a widow with five children, Henry, Letta, Mervin, Calvin and Clarence. Her first husband passed away on the 5th of November, 1906. She was born in the county but her parents, Mrs. And Mrs. John Wiehman, were both natives of Germany, coming to the United States and settling in the Amana colony, this county, in their youth. They remained in the colony for seven years and the father then began farming on his own account. He has now reached the age of seventy-six years and his wife is sixty-six years old. Mrs. Dellamuth has one full brother, one half-brother and one half-sister, all living in this county. By her marriage she has become the mother of a daughter, Elsie Augusta, who was born on the 9th of May, 1910.
Mr. Dellamuth is a democrat in his political faith and his religious belief is indicated by his membership in the German Reformed church. A native son of Washington Township, he has made the interests of the community his own and his public spirit has commended him to the good opinion of those who are associated with him.
A. J. CLARK.
A. J. Clark, who gives his time and energy to the operation of two hundred and eighteen acres of good land in Hartford township, was born in Wood county, Ohio, on the 24th of February, 1854, a son of john and Eliza A. (Hale) Clark, both natives of Pennsylvania. the father passed away in the Buckeye state when our subject was but three years of age, and the mother subsequently sold the property there and removed to Indiana, where she resided for eight years. In 1871 she became a resident of Iowa county, Iowa, and died here in June, 1875. Our subject is the only one now living in a family of eight children.
A. J. Clark became a farm hand when seventeen years of age and by practicing thrift was enabled to rent land four years later. Subsequently he purchased a forty acre tract in this county and from time to time bought additional land, accumulating two hundred and eighteen acres on sections 23 and 26, Hartford township. He has one of the well improved farms of Iowa county and his work as a farmer is yielding him a good annual income.
In 1876 Mr. Clark married Miss Ida A. Kime, who was born in Iowa county of the marriage of Nicholas F. and Sarah A. (Bare) Kime, natives of Ohio.
They were pioneer settlers of Iowa and both died in this county. To their union were born four children. Mr. and Mrs. Clark became the parents of two children: Cora E., the wife of B. F. Jones, Jr.; and Nora F., who married R. A. Border. They also reared a nephew, John F. Tyler, from infancy to maturity. The wife and mother died on the 23d of May, 1913, and was laid to rest in the Ohio cemetery.
Mr. Clark is a republican and for six years served on the board of supervisors. For nine years he was assessor and for a long period he has been a member of the school board, in which connection he has done much for the advancement and progress of the public schools. He is a member of the Ohio Methodist Protestant church, of which he is a steward, and his influence can be depended upon to further efforts for the moral betterment of his community. He is connected with financial affairs of Iowa county as a director and vice president of the Farmers Savings Bank of Ladora. He is a substantial and representative citizen and all who know him respect him sincerely.
Gottfried Furler, who is a representative of agricultural interests in Iowa County, operating a farm on section 23, Hilton Township, was born in Switzerland on the 18th of January, 1868, a son of Urssus and Ann Mary (Gremper) Furler, both of whom passed their entire lives in their native country.
Gottfried Furler was reared at home and remained under the parental roof until he was in his twentieth year. His education was acquired in the public schools of his native land and he was well grounded in the fundamental branches of learning. In February, 1888, he emigrated to America and made his way to Homestead, Iowa County, Iowa, where he arrived on the 23d of that month. Upon leaving Switzerland the farmers were plowing and the weather was warm and spring-like, but upon his arrival in this county, some time later, he found the land covered with ice and snow and the weather so cold that he froze his fingers while walking from the depot to the hotel. He found work upon the farm belonging to Angus McLennan, a resident of Hilton Township, and received one hundred and fifty dollars for a year’s work. At the end of that time he and a cousin, who had preceded him to this country and had first located in New York, but later came to Iowa County, rented a farm of two hundred acres in Hilton Township and began farming for themselves, paying three dollars and a quarter rent per acre in advance. During the first year times were hard and they, after hauling their oats to market, received only sixteen cents per bushel, while corn sold from eighteen to twenty cents per bushel and hogs brought three dollars and twenty cents per hundred pounds. Things were not much better the second year and our subject was compelled to send to Switzerland for more money, but he and his cousin had faith in their ultimate success and continued to operate the farm for five years. At the end of that time Mr. Furler drew out the money that he had invested in the undertaking. There was some four hundred and fifty dollars to divide and also considerable farm machinery and quite a few head of stock. Not long thereafter, Mr. Furler purchased two hundred and
thirty acres of land in Troy Township, paying fifty-two dollars per acre, but after residing upon that place for six years, he sold it in the fall of 1899 and purchased his present farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Hilton Township. Since that time he has prospered beyond his expectations and is now one of the well-to-do men of the county.
In 1894, Mr. Furler was married to Mrs. Anna K. Gunzenhauser, who was in her maidenhood Miss Anna K. Burgin. Her maternal grandfather, Herman Lange, emigrated to the United States from Oldenburg, Germany, in 1854 and located in Iowa County, Iowa, upon the present site of South Amana. Her father, Henry Burgin, became a resident of this county in 1866, having emigrated from Switzerland. He was a baker and for some years followed that trade, but after his marriage located upon a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Furler have four children, Henry, Gottfried, Martha and Anna, all at home.
Mr. Furler is a stanch adherent of the Republican Party and for six years served as a member of the board of township trustees. He and his family hold membership in the German Lutheran Church at Conroy and he has been an elder therein since the organization of the congregation. He has gained gratifying material success, which is the natural result of his perseverance, energy and wise management of his affairs, and he is justly accounted one of the leading and progressive agriculturists of the county.
R. W. McKNIGHT
R. W. McKnight, filling the office of county clerk, is proving very capable in the discharge of his duties and has won the commendation of his fellow citizens. He was born near Niagara Falls, New York, on the 14th of May, 1863, a son of George W. McKnight, a native of Scotland. The father was a railroad man and died in Marengo, Iowa, as the result of injuries received in wreck. He married Miss Anna Miller, who was born in Germany and is also deceased. To their union were born six children, of whom our subject is the oldest, the others being: E. W., a resident of Lacona, Iowa; Frederick and Charles F., both living in Muscatine; Rosa M., the wife of T. Tora, of Muscatine; and Jessie, who married Scott White, of Tacoma, Washington.
R. W. McKnight accompanied his parents to Marengo in 1868, when he was but five years of age, and received his education in the local schools. After leaving the Marengo high school he engaged in the lumber business here until the 1st of January, 1915, when he took office as county clerk. He has readily grasped the details of the work to be done and has proved prompt, accurate and courteous in the performance of his duties. When he entered the office he disposed of his lumber business and is giving his undivided time and attention to his work as a county official, which insures its being done efficiently.
On the 22d of September, 1886, Mr. McKnight married Miss Addie E. Daniels, who was born in Vermont and is a daughter of Judson and Adelaide (Thompson) Daniels, both deceased. The father was by occupation a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. McKnight have two children: Ethel A., who married Jacob Vander Zee,
a resident of Iowa City; and Rufus D., who is married and is living in Washington D.C.
Mr. McKnight has supported the Republican Party since he became a voter and has been a loyal worker in its ranks. He is a Presbyterian in his religious belief and fraternally is associated with the Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Elks. While in the lumber business he ranked among the men who contribute to the commercial development of Marengo and met with a gratifying measure of success and since assuming the duties of county clerk, he has justified the confidence of his fellow citizens who elected him to that position of trust.
GEORGE W. RUMPLE
An excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated on section 12, Lincoln Township, pays tribute to the care and labor bestowed upon it by its owner, George W. Rumple, who has lived in Iowa County from the early age of five years. He was born in Seneca County, Ohio, October 31, 1859, and on the 28th of March, 1865, came to Iowa County in company with his parents, Daniel S. and Mary J. (Shaull) Rumple. The father was born in Pennsylvania but in early life removed to Ohio, where he lived until he came to Iowa in 1865, at which time he took up his abode in Sumner Township. He continued his residence in this state until called to his final rest, his death occurring in Sumner Township, in 1903. His wife, who was born in Virginia, accompanied her parents to Ohio at an early age and died in Sumner Township, Iowa County, in 1905. She became the wife of Daniel S. Rumple in Ohio in the early ‘40s and to them were born seven children: Sarah, now the wife of W. S. Franklin, a resident of Taylor County, Iowa; Mary, deceased; John, living in Sumner township; Anna, who died at the age of 12 years; George, of this review; Daniel, who has also passed away; and Lilly, the wife of J.B. Zimmerman, of Sumner township.
George W. Rumple was five years of age when the family arrived in Iowa, so that his education was acquired in the schools of this county, while the periods of vacation were devoted to farm work under the direction of his father, who saw to it that the son had ample training in the tasks incident to the cultivation and improvement of the fields. In December 1880, after leaving home, he purchased the farm upon which he now resides-a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on section 12, Lincoln Township. It was then all raw land and with characteristic energy, he broke the sod and put in the first crops. As the years have gone on he has continued the work of improvement and now has an excellent farm property. In the midst of well tilled fields stand a substantial residence and outbuildings.
On the 9th of December, 1880, Mr. Rumple was married to Miss Mary Andrews, of Rock Island County, Illinois, who was born in New Hampshire, February 24, 1853, and there spent the first twelve years of her life, after which she went to Rock Island County, Illinois, in 1865, with her parents, Benjamin F. and Eleanor U. (Templeton) Rumple. Her father was born at New Boston, New Hampshire, January 31, 1824 and died in Rock Island County, Illinois, in
1869, after a brief residence in the middle west of only four years. His wife was born in Granville, New York, May 7, 1826 and they were married in Wilton, New Hampshire in 1846. Their children were ten in number; Eliphalet, living at Charter Oak, Crawford County, Iowa; Nellie, the wife of J. H. Edgington, of Nebraska; Mary, now Mrs. Rumple; William F., a resident of Rock Island, Illinois; Herbert, living in Edgington, Illinois; Louis, who makes his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Benjamin, of Marengo, Iowa; Aldred, of Rock Island, Illinois, Henry, living at Riverside, Rock Island; and Jessie, who died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Rumple hold membership in the Methodist church and are highly esteemed by a circle of friends who appreciate their many sterling traits of character. In politics he is a republican but without aspiration for office, as he prefers to concentrate his energies upon his farm work, with the result that his industry and intelligent effort are bringing excellent returns.
Among those who are contributing to the agricultural development of Iowa County and who are meeting with gratifying success as farmers is John Davis, who cultivates a good tract of land on section 8, Pilot Township. He is a native of Iowa County as he was born in Sumner Township on the 14th of June 1858, of the marriage of Thomas and Mary (Williams) Davis. The parents were both born in Monmouthshire, England, where they grew to maturity and where their marriage occurred, after which they came immediately to the United States. They made their way direct to Iowa City, Iowa, which was then the western terminal of the railroad. From there they traveled by stage to Iowa County and settled in Sumner Township, where they continued to reside for two or three years. At the end of that time they removed to Johnson County but after living there for six or eight years returned to Iowa County and took up their residence in Pilot Township. The father proved very successful as a farmer and acquired title to four hundred and eighty acres of excellent land. He is now living retired in Sumner Township and although in his eighty-ninth year is still in good health, as is his wife, who has also reached an advanced age.
John Davis was reared under the parental roof and during his boyhood and youth gave considerable time to the acquirement of an education, attending the district schools. On reaching manhood he rented a portion of the home farm and began his independent career as an agriculturist. Some time in the late ‘80s he purchased from his father his present home farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 8, Pilot Township. He has since resided there and has so prospered that he has been able to buy an additional one hundred and twenty acres, also on section 8. His success is due entirely to his untiring industry and his wise management of the financial phase of farming.On the 11th of February, 1892, Mr. Davis married Miss Susan Shaull, a daughter of G. W. Shaull, who became a resident of Iowa County in 1875, removing here from Seneca County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two children, Earl E. and Elizabeth M., both at home.
Mr. Davis is a republican in politics and has served as township trustee, proving very capable in the discharge of the duties of that office. He has also been a member of the school board for about a quarter of a century, his long term indicating his interest in the public schools and the efficiency of his work in their behalf. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Protestant church, of which he is one of the trustees, and they contribute of their time and substance to the support of that organization. All who know him hold Mr. Davis in high regard as he is able, upright and considerate of the rights of others.
FRANK M. PLAGMANN
Frank M. Plagmann was born in Sumner Township on the 25th of May, 1881, a son of Joachim Plagmann, mention of whom is made elsewhere in this work. In early manhood he farmed for a year in partnership with his brothers, Richard and Charles, renting land from their father. At the end of that time he became a partner of his brother, G. H. Plagmann, and for a number of years they carried on farming together. Upon severing that business connection Mr. Plagmann of this review followed agricultural pursuits independently and in April 1912, he took up his residence upon the old homestead farm on section 24, Sumner township, on which he lived until the spring g of 1915, when he bought a farm on section 22, in Marengo township, where he now lives.
On the 16th of February 1911, Mr. Plagmann was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Bryant, of Hilton Township, and their children are Reginald F. and Helen Wilma. The parents are affiliated with the Presbyterian church of Conroy and they give of their time and means to the furtherance of its work. Mr. Plagmann is a democrat.
Frank Jacobi, who is farming in Washington Township, was born in Iowa County on the 19th of May 1884, a son of Joseph and Tracy (Frady) Jacobi, both of whom were born in Germany. They were married in their native land and after emigrating to the United States first settled in Benton County, Iowa, but in1895 removed to Washington Township, this county, where the father is still living, although the mother passed away in 1914. They became the parents of thirteen children, Tracy, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Anna, Francis, Helen, John, Katherine, Frank and Rose, all living; Henry and William deceased.
Frank Jacobi received a good common-school education and also learned much that has since been of great value to him through assisting his father with the work of the homestead. When he was twenty-one years of age he began farming for himself and now operates two hundred acres of land on section 18, Washington Township, which is one of the valuable farms of his locality, belonging to his father. He is prompt and energetic in the performance of his work and
as his methods are practical it is but natural that he derives a gratifying income from his labors.
On the 18th of January 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Jacobi and Miss Margaret Jacobs, who is a daughter of Lawrence and Catherine (Krantz) Jacobs. Her father, who was an agriculturist, passed away in 1888, but her mother is still living in Marengo. They were the parents of four children, Christine, John, Margaret and Mayme. Mrs. And Mrs. Jacobi have three children: Franklyn, born March 4, 1906; Carroll, born August 28, 1908; and Loreine, whose birth occurred on the 12th of March 1914.
Mr. Jacobi is an adherent of the Republican Party and takes a praiseworthy interest in all matters of public concern. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Roman Catholic Church and do all in their power to further the moral advancement of their community. They are highly thought of and have many loyal friends, their personal characteristics being such as always win respect and esteem.
Michael Roller, for many years a successful farmer on section 24, English Township, is still actively engaged in agricultural pursuits there. He was born in Hancock County, Ohio, on the 14th of February, 1850, a son of George W. and Susanna (Harrison) Roller, the former a native of Columbiana County, Ohio, and the latter of Pickaway County, that state. The birth of the father occurred on the 22d of February, 1824, and that of the mother on the 7th of November, 1825. They were married in Hancock County, Ohio, on the 16th of October, 1845, and the family home was maintained in that state until 1855. In that year the family came to Iowa County, Iowa, arriving here on the 23d of May. Two years previously Mr. Roller had come to this county in company with Jerry Boltz, walking from Chicago, as there were then no railroads west of that city. After locating in Iowa County he became agent for Thomas Hibben, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who owned sixteen hundred acres of land here which he had taken up with old land warrants that he had purchased. Mr. Roller sold this land to settlers who arrived in the county and the interests intrusted to his care were well managed. He entered for himself two hundred and forty acres of government land on section 13, English Township, and there he and his family resided for many years. About 1894 he removed to North English and lived in retirement there until his demise, which occurred of the 16th day of August, 1905. He had survived his wife for almost three decades, as her demise occurred on the 16th of January, 1876.
Michael Roller was but a child on the removal of the family to this county and he grew to manhood upon the home farm in English township. During three or four months each winter he attended the district schools and was well grounded in the fundamental branches of learning. Upon reaching his majority he began farming on his own account, renting a portion of the homestead for ten or twelve years. At the end of that time he assumed entire charge of the operation of the home farm and gave his time and energies to its cultivation until February,
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1901. He then removed to his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 24, English Township, which is one of the well improved quarter sections of his locality. He had purchased one hundred and twenty acres of his place a number of years prior to leaving the homestead and has since added the remaining forty acres. The good buildings and the excellent condition of the place testify to his good management, energy and pride in his home.
On the 26th of December, 1872, Mr. Roller married Miss Eliza E. O’Brien, a native of Johnson County, Iowa, and a daughter of John W. O’Brien, who removed from Indiana to Johnson County, Iowa in 1852 and in 1866, came with his family to Iowa County, locating in English Township. A part of his homestead is now incorporated in the home farm of our subject. To Mr. and Mrs. Roller were born fourteen children, of whom twelve survive, namely: Albert L., Effie B., Nellie S., Mary E., Richard E., and Jessie E., twins, Inez I., Martha A., Michael Dean, Ruby A., Iowa C. and Wilson N.
Mr. Roller is identified with the Democratic Party and has served as township assessor, although for the greater part of the time he has preferred to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, leaving to others the responsibilities of office holding. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church and the spread of Christianity is an aim with which they are thoroughly in sympathy. Mr. Roller is well known in English Township and is respected as a successful farmer, a good citizen and a man of honor and integrity.
WARREN V. HIXSON
Foremost among the men of Iowa County who have won success as stock breeders is Warren V. Hixson, who is widely known as a breeder of Clydesdale horses. He owns an excellent farm of three hundred and thirty-five acres in Cono Township and has prospered financially, many of his horses having won prizes at the Iowa State Fair.
Mr. Hixson was born in Athens, Ohio, on the 6th of November, 1862, a son of Isaiah and Mary (Carter) Hixson. They were the parents of four sons and a daughter, all of whom have passed away save our subject. The mother died in 1869 and the father subsequently married Mrs. Holpeter, who also preceded him in death. For his third wife he chose Eliza Bryson. His demise occurred in 1909. In 1868 he removed with his family to Iowa County and settled in Cono Township on a farm. He concentrated his energies largely on buying and shipping cattle and hogs and gained a good income from his activities along those lines.
Warren V. Hixson came to this county with his parents when but six years of age and received his education in the public schools of Cono Township. Through assisting his father he early learned much concerning stock and, believing that stock breeding would be a very profitable occupation, he decided to follow it. He give his greatest attention to breeding full blooded Clydesdale horses and for seven years he has taken premiums at the Iowa State Fair on his horses, while for six years he has taken championships. In 1907 he exhibited a number of horses at the International Horse Show in Chicago, Illinois, andVol. II-16
took the leading prizes. His exhibit was highly praised by the press and won many encomiums from the horse world at large. He has led the winners from all states at Des Moines in the futurity class and in 1913 he exhibited a team of Clydesdale mares against eight competitive teams, representing all of the four draft breeds and his team won the first prize. He was especially gratified by the award of the prize as the team is of his own breeding. He is a member of the State Draft Horse Breeders Association and is known among horse breeders in all parts of the country. He is an excellent business man and has gained financial independence as he manages well his financial affairs. At the demise of his father he inherited the homestead farm, which comprises three hundred and thirty-five acres of excellent land and which is equipped with commodious and good buildings.
Mr. Hixson gives his allegiance to the Republican Party but has never had time to take an active part in political affairs. He has resided in Iowa County for more than fifty years and the high esteem in which he is held by those who have known him during practically his entire life is unassailable proof of his integrity and of his attractive personal qualities. There is no doubt that he has been instrumental in raising appreciably the standard of horses raised in Iowa County and his fellow citizens share his pride in his achievements as a stock breeder.
FRANZ A. VOGT
Franz A. Vogt has won prosperity in this county, being now the owner of two hundred and nine and a half acres of fine land, and he has also identified himself with movements seeking the public welfare. Although he is thoroughly American in spirit his birth occurred in Wurttemberg, Germany, and with American aggressiveness he combines the excellent qualities that characterize the Teutonic race. He was born on the 8th of June, 1842, of the marriage of Antone and Franziska Vogt, who were the parents of four sons and two daughters. The father was a butcher and was quite successful in business.
Franz A. Vogt, who learned the shoemaker’s trade in youth, came to the United States in 1865, when twenty-three years of age, and made his way to Iowa City, Iowa, where he resided for two years, working at his trade. He then went to Marengo, where he remained for four years, after which he removed to Cass County and there engaged in farming for thirteen years. He then removed to section 9, Iowa Township, this county, where for the past quarter of a century he has followed agricultural pursuits, meeting with gratifying success. He owns two hundred and nine acres of excellent land which is in a high state of cultivation and everything about his place is kept in good repair. He does general farming and also raises a large number of Duroc Jersey hogs annually.
On the 22d of May 1870, occurred the marriage of Mr. Vogt and Miss Anna Renz, a daughter of George J. Renz, deceased, who resided in Marengo. Mr. and Mrs. Vogt have the following children: George A.; Philip; Albert; William, deceased; Henry; Anna, the wife of Harry Stanerson, who resides near Conroy;
Edward and Wanda, twins, the latter the wife of Tom Rourke, a farmer of Johnson County; and Mamie, deceased.
Mr. Vogt is a democrat but has been too busy with his individual affairs to take an active part in politics. He and his family hold membership in the German Lutheran church, to whose work they contribute of their time and money. Mr. Vogt owns stock in the Iowa Mutual Telephone Company and is one of the substantial and representative men of his township, while those who know him intimately esteem him highly for his many admirable traits of character.
JAMES WILLIS DAVIS
James Willis Davis, who is farming land on section 7, Pilot Township, is a native of that township and has passed his entire life in this county, believing that the advantages here offered are equal to those to be found elsewhere. His birth occurred on the 30th of August, 1879, and he is a son of Henry and Anna (Robinson) Davis, both natives of England. Further account of their lives is given in the sketch of Oliver E. Davis, which appears elsewhere in this work.
James Willis Davis attended the district schools and under the instruction of his father gained much knowledge concerning agricultural methods. When twenty-one years of age he began farming for himself, renting land from his father, and two or three years later purchased one hundred and twenty acres from his father, forty acres of which was part of the quarter section which the latter purchased from the government. In 1914 Mr. Davis sold that farm and bought the eighty acres on section 7, Pilot Township, which he is now operating. His work as a farmer and stock-raiser is rewarded by good financial returns and his resources are constantly increasing.
On the 1st of November 1904, Mr. Davis married Miss Etta Fuller, of Williamsburg and they have the following children: Erma M., Mildred D. and Verlyn W. Mr. Davis is independent in politics, as he prefers to follow his own judgment in casting his ballot rather than obey the dictates of a party leader. He is a member of the school board and his services are very acceptable in that connection. His wife belongs to the Congregational church and takes an active part in the furtherance of its work. He is valued as a citizen and his personal qualities are such that he has many warm friends.
Among the excellent citizens whom Germany has given to Iowa County is Wilhelm Maschmann, who owns and operates a finely improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 9, Hartford Township. He was born on the 4th of May, 1863, of the marriage of John and Lena Maschmann, both likewise natives of Germany, where they spent their entire lives. They were the parents of eight children, of whom three survive.
Wilhelm Maschmann was reared and educated in the fatherland and remained there until he was twenty years of age. He then emigrated to America and made his way directly to Iowa County, Iowa, where he found employment as a farm hand. He worked in that capacity seven years and by carefully saving his wages, secured enough capital to warrant his renting a farm. He operated leased land for two years and in 1892 purchased a quarter section upon which he still resides. He has erected a number of fine buildings and has otherwise improved his property, which is one of the valuable farms of Hartford Township. He feeds hogs and cattle in addition to raising grain and receives a good income from his land.
On March 1, 1890, Mr. Maschmann married Lena Rauch, likewise a native of Germany. Her parents, John and Carolina (Dolch) Rauch, were likewise born in that country, where they resided until 1881, when they removed with their family to America, settling in Iowa County, Iowa. Both passed away in this county. They had eight children, all of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Maschmann have nine children, namely: Emil, who is farming in this county; William F., at home; John and Henry, both farmers of this county; Frederich; Charles; Louis; and Edward and George, twins.
Mr. Maschmann is a democrat but has never desired office, being content to perform his civic duties as a private citizen. He and his wife hold membership in the German Evangelical Lutheran church, in whose teaching they firmly believe. They exemplify the sincerity of their religious faith by their daily lives and are highly esteemed by all who have come in contact with them. Mr. Maschmann began his business career without capital and without the aid of influential friends and the competence which he has won is due solely to his industry and good judgment.
JOHN A. PELZER
John A. Pelzer, who owns and operates three hundred acres of fine land in Washington Township, is a native of Marengo. His natal day was the 27th of November 1870, and his parents were Anthony and Margaret (Bayer) Pelzer, both natives of Bohemia, Austria, where they were reared and married. After emigrating to the United States they resided for a year in Iowa City, Iowa and then came to Marengo but not long afterward took up their residence upon a farm in this county. The father worked diligently in improving his property and became a prosperous farmer and landowner. He passed away on the 2d of February, 1906, but is survived by his widow, who is now seventy-three years of age and is highly esteemed in the community.
John A. Pelzer received his education in the local schools and upon starting on his independent business career continued in the occupation to which he had been reared, devoting his time to farming. He now owns three hundred acres of excellent bottom land on section 14, Washington Township, and his work is rewarded by abundant crops, from the sale of which he derives a good income. He also raises considerable stock each year.
Mr. Pelzer was married on the 26th of September, 1905, to Miss Margaret Sullivan, a daughter of John and Margaret (Lynch) Sullivan, who are natives
of Ireland, as is their daughter, Mrs. Pelzer. Her birth occurred in Bantry, County Cork, but when she was still a child she accompanied her father and mother on their emigration to the United States. The family settled in Marengo and there the parents still reside. To Mr. and Mrs. Pelzer have been born two children: John Eugene, whose birth occurred on the 7th of September 1906; and Carl Anthony, born January 21, 1909.
Mr. Pelzer is a democrat in his political belief and has served acceptably as school director. His religious faith is that of the Catholic Church and he is faithful to its teachings. He is recognized as a progressive and successful farmer and also as a good citizen.
Benjamin Harris is one of the honored pioneer settlers of Iowa County, where he established his home fifty-eight years ago, at which time the most farsighted could not have dreamed of the wonderful changes which would occur and transform the district into one of the populous and prosperous sections of one of the greatest states of the Union. He was born in Monmouthshire, Wales, August 5, 1834, a son of John and Mary (Griffith) Harris, the former a native of Carmarthenshire and the latter of Monmouthshire. The father was an engineer and followed that business throughout his entire life, working for thirty-five years in the same engine house.
Benjamin Harris is the only survivor of a family of thirteen children. He was educated in the public schools of Blen Avon and after putting aside his textbooks, he began work in a machine shop, while still later he fired on an engine. He was but eighteen years of age when he bade adieu to friends and native country and sailed for the new world, reaching American shores on the 6th of June, 1853. He made his way to Ohio and after four years spent in that state, came to Iowa County, Iowa in 1857, after which he engaged in farming in Troy and Hilton Townships for twenty-two years. Carefully and systematically he conducted the work of the fields and his intelligently directed energy and industry brought him gratifying success, enabling him to at length put aside further business cares. He is still a stockholder in the Parnell Savings Bank and in the Williamsburg Savings Bank and his property interests return to him a good income. In the Williamsburg Savings Bank he is a director and the vice president.
In 1857, in Lawrence County, Ohio, Mr. Harris was united in marriage to Miss Gwenllian Jones, a daughter of John Jones. To them were born seven children, three of whom survive, as follows: Ivor and William Griffith, both of whom are residents of Chicago; and Mary Louise, the wife of Hon. Harry E. Hull, who is now serving as congressman from the second district of Iowa and a sketch of whom appears on another page of this work.
In his political views Mr. Harris has always been a stalwart republican since becoming a naturalized American citizen and for many years he has filled the office of justice of the peace, being now the incumbent after twenty-seven consecutive years in that position, during which time his duties have been discharged
with absolute fairness and impartiality. He is spoken of as “a fine old gentleman of the old school whom it is a pleasure to meet” and his face bears the impress of an upright character, of clean thoughts, of honorable purpose and of straight-forward dealing with his fellowmen. He has now passed the eighty-first milestone on life’s journey and the honorable record which he has made may well serve as an example for others to follow.
THEOPHIEF VAN HAMME
An excellent farm of two hundred acres pays tribute to the care and supervision of Theophief Van Hamme. His place is situated in Lincoln Township and in addition to cultivating his crops he makes a specialty of raising stock, in which connection he is well known. He was born in Belgium, February 28, 1888, and on attaining his majority came to America in 1909, settling in Iowa County, Iowa. Here he worked for others until 1913, when he was married and came into possession of the farm upon which he now resides. He is recognized as a man of energy and determination in business affairs, working persistently to achieve success and gaining the reward of earnest, indefatigable labor. His farm presents a neat and attractive appearance and in addition to tilling the soil, he is engaged quite extensively in raising hogs, cattle, horses and mules.
On the 19th of September, 1912, Mr. Van Hamme married Miss Dora Smith, who was born in Iowa County and was educated in its public schools. She is a daughter of Charles and Sophia Ellen Smith, who were among the oldest of the pioneer farming families of this locality. In their family were four children: Bernhardt, now deceased; Charley, living in Iowa County; Minnie, the wife of Henry C. Mohr; and Dora, now Mrs. Van Hamme. The father died on the 10th of February 1913 and the mother passed away on the 25th of February, 1914.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Hamme have become the parents of twin daughters, Stella and Esther. They belong to the German Lutheran church and they are well and favorably known in the community in which they live. Mr. Van Hamme is an enterprising young farmer, anxious to advance in every way possible, and the work which he is doing is making his fields very productive.
Otto Moitzfield, operating a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Honey Creek Township, belonging to his father’s estate, is a native of that township, born on the 17th of October 1890. His parents, Wymer and Christine (Deeter) Moitzfield, were born respectively in Germany and in Ohio. Upon arriving in the United States the father settled in Illinois, where he resided for several years, but at length removed to Iowa County, Iowa where he farmed and also dealt in grain. He was twice married, our subject being a son of the second
union. Wymer Moitzfield passed away on the 22d of January, 1915, when ninety years of age, and his second wife died on the 22d of December, 1909.
Otto Moitzfield was reared in this county and acquired his education in the local schools. He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of his locality. The farm which he operates comprises a quarter section of fine land on section 28, Honey Creek Township. He carries on general farming and also raises stock.
On the 24th of January 1912, Mr. Moitzfield married Miss Eva Nelson, a daughter of H. H. and Cora E. Nelson, of Ladora. The father was for twenty-five years actively engaged in the practice of medicine but is now a merchant. Mrs. Moitzfield is one of a family of five children, four daughters and one son. By her marriage she has become the mother of a son and a daughter: Everett Nelson, who was born on the 17th of January 1913 and died on the 1st of April of that year; and Juanita Maxine, born August 19, 1914.
Mr. Moitzfield gives his political allegiance to the Republican Party. His wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and their influence is always on the side of justice and progress.
Among the farmers of Iowa County who have year after year aided in the agricultural development of this section of the state is Joseph Haughenbury, who for twenty-five years has resided upon the same farm in Washington Township. He was born in Iowa County on the 8th of September, 1862, of the marriage of John and Minerva (Merrifield) Haughenbury, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Indiana. To that union were born three children, one of whom died in infancy. The sister of our subject, Ellen, is residing in Blairstown, Iowa. The father died when Joseph Haughenbury was but an infant and the mother subsequently became the wife of James Athey, by whom she had six children. She passed away in 1914, when seventy-six years of age.
Joseph Haughenbury received a common-school education and during his youth also learned much regarding farming. He has made the cultivation of the soil his life work and for the last twenty-five years has resided upon the same farm on section 2, Washington Township. He carries on general farming and his industry and practical methods are rewarded by good crops.
On the 26th of April, 1887, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Haughenbury and Miss Hannah Hixson, a daughter of Isaiah M. Hixson, of Knox County, Ohio. He was a farmer by occupation and to him and his wife were born two sons and three daughters, who grew to maturity; George R.; Mary L.; Alice E., who has passed away; Timothy D., deceased; and Hannah. The parents have both passed away, the father dying in 1878 and the mother in 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Haughenbury have a daughter, Alice, whose birth occurred on the 19th of December 1887, and who married W. L. Dye, of Iowa County, by whom she has two children: Lula M., born September 10, 1908; and Lloyd W., born on the 13th of July, 1912.
In his political belief Mr. Haughenbury is a republican, but he has never desired to take a prominent part in political affairs. He and his family belong to the Evangelical church, whose work they further in every way possible. He has performed well the duties that lay before him and in so doing has not only gained a competence but also the esteem of his fellow citizens.
Iowa County lost a valued and representative citizen when Henry Wiese passed away at his home, “Rock Nook,” at Kenwood Park, on the 1st of December 1912. He had completed the Psalmist’s allotted span of three score years and ten, yet his death was unexpected and the news of his demise was a sad blow to his many friends and associates. He was born in Holstein, Germany, on the 22d of February, 1842, a son of Hans and Anna Wiese. His father came to America in 1853 on a sailing vessel, settling in Scott County, Iowa where he lived until 1868, when he removed to Iowa County, taking up his abode in Sumner Township. There he continued to reside for many years, passing away October 10, 1907, when he had reached the very venerable age of ninety-five years, one month and twenty-eight days. He had survived his wife, who died February 4, 1905, at the age of eighty-seven years, two months and three days.
Henry Wiese was a little lad of ten years when he accompanied his parents on their emigration to the United States, a long, tedious voyage of eight weeks being terminated when they landed at New Orleans. From that point they proceeded up the Mississippi River to Davenport, Iowa, where the father worked at various kinds of labor for seven years. At the end of that time he removed to a farm in Hickory Grove, Scott County. In 1868 Henry Wiese came to Iowa County, making the trip with an ox team and settling on a beautiful piece of prairie in Sumner Township, which is now the old home place. He spent many hours in improving and beautifying his home with flowers, shrubs and trees until it attracts the attention of the most casual observer by its loveliness.
On the 24th of February 1873, Mr. Wiese was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Rieck, who was born in Germany on the 30th of August, 1852, a daughter of John and Mary Rieck, who came to the United States with their family in 1857, settling in Washington Township, Iowa County, where both her father and mother died. Since her husband’s death Mrs. Wiese has made her home with her children, who are Mrs. J. D. Mishbach, of Sumner Township; Ella, now the wife of W. C. Langlas, of Sumner Township; Gustave H., of Cedar Rapids; and Louis A., who resides on the old homestead farm. There were also seven grandchildren and to them the grandfather was deeply attached.
In 1884 Mr. Wiese was elected county auditor and discharged his duties promptly and faithfully, so that he made an excellent record and won re-election. He was a good business man, farsighted, sagacious and thoroughly reliable. He belonged to that class of men who place honor above everything else and his integrity, industry and frugality contributed to winning him the high and well merited reputation which he enjoyed. He represented citizenship in its best form. In September 1909, he retired from active farm work and removed to
Kenwood Park, where his beautiful home, “Rock Nook,” proved his shelter during his remaining days. Hospitality there reigned supreme and his friends most willingly accepted his proffered invitations to visit him. His last days were spent in the midst of most attractive surroundings, his time being largely given to the cultivation of the flowers which he so greatly loved. There the final summons came and he passed on, leaving behind him the memory of an honorable, upright life, beautiful in its sincerity and simplicity and in the nobility of his purpose.
FRANK O. HARRINGTON
Frank O. Harrington, who is engaged in general farming and fruit raising on section 11, York Township, and is treasurer of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, was born in Chenango County, New York, a son of Orson and Mary C. (Wakely) Harrington, who were also natives of the Empire State. In the year 1854 the family removed westward to Carroll County, Indiana, and came to Iowa in 1855, first making settlement in Jones County, whence they removed to Johnson County in 1856. In 1859 a further removal was made to Iowa County, where the father purchased two hundred and forty acres of school land at three dollars and a half per acre. Not only did he turn his attention to agricultural pursuits but was also actively interested in educational work, serving as county superintendent of schools, in which connection he did much to further the interests of public instruction in this section of the state. He likewise filled the office of supervisor and his public service was characterized by the utmost devotion to the general welfare. He remained a valued and honored resident of Iowa County until his death, and his wife, who has also passed away, was likewise held in high esteem. In their family were seven children: Mary A., who became the wife of H. C. Groves and after his death married William Rutherford; Frank O.; Munson W.; Millard; Mrs. Emma Ely; Walter; and Burton.
Frank O. Harrington accompanied his parents on their various removals until he eventually became a resident of Iowa County, where he has since resided. His home surroundings were such as stimulated his ambition to acquire an education and make the most of life, and the spirit of progress and advancement has actuated him at every point in his career. He is now one of the most prominent farmers and fruit raisers of his part of the state. Much of his farm is devoted to orchard, he having now fifty acres of fruit-bearing trees, mostly apples. He started his orchard forty-four years ago and is considered an authority on horticulture in Iowa. He has studied every phase of the business investigating the condition of the soil, the kinds of nursery stock and the requirement of the trees and he is often consulted by authorities of the State Agricultural College at Ames. His home, “Evergreen Farm,” is a most interesting place to visit, for upon it are found many varieties of both forest and fruit trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Something like three hundred varieties of the apple have been grown here in orchards in the past few years, and varieties of peach, plum, cherry, pear, grapes and other small fruits in somewhat like proportions, the orchards being in a broad sense a private test and experiment station, and the information thus gained being frequently applied for over a much wider
territory than the state. He has always specialized in the production of apples and he won prizes upon his fruit at the Paris Exposition, at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis; and at other national fruit expositions. He is well versed on every phase of horticulture, as is his brother Millard, and their interest in this line is probably inherited from their father, who was one of the pioneer horticulturists of the state.
On the 4th of January, 1871, Frank O. Harrington was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Groves; a daughter of Hugh Groves who came to Iowa from Pennsylvania in 1864. Mrs. Harrington passed away in 1911, survived by five children: Fred, who married Etta Douglas and is farming upon the old home place; Hugh, who wedded Winifred Sheetz and is now living in North English, Iowa; Orson, who married Maud Sheetz and makes his home in Williamsburg, Iowa; Nellie, at home; and Frank L., who married Ila Schaefer and is engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in Wyoming, Jones County, Iowa.
In his political views Mr. Harrington is a democrat, but has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which have been carefully and wisely directed. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and his entire life has been actuated by high and honorable principles which have won for him the respect, confidence and goodwill of all with whom he has been brought in contact.
August Sinn, who is carrying on agricultural pursuits on section 10, Pilot Township, was born upon the farm where he now resides on the 19th of August, 1873. His parents, John H. and Anna (Stender) Sinn, were natives of Germany. The father was married in the country and in 1858 emigrated to the United States with his first wife, locating in Moline, Illinois, where he worked at his trade as a shoemaker for about ten years. In 1867 he purchased the present Sinn homestead in Pilot Township, Iowa County, Iowa, to which he removed in 1868. His first wife died in Moline and while living there he married Miss Anna Stender, who emigrated to the United States as a young woman in 1857. He continued to reside upon his farm until 1901, when he retired and removed to Marengo, where his death occurred on the 26th of March, 1915, at the age of ninety years, four months and twelve days. He second wife died on the 12th of November, 1910, when seventy-eight years old, as she was born on the 14th of January, 1832.
August Sinn was reared upon the homestead and acquired a public-school education. He continued to assist his father until the latter’s removal to Marengo and then for three years lived in various parts of the country. One summer was spent in Colorado but the greater part of the time was passed as a farm hand in Iowa. In the spring of 1905 he located upon the home place, which he has since successfully operated.
On the 19th of November, 1914, Mr. Sinn was united in marriage to Miss Clara Vorbrich, a native of Germany, who came to the United States in 1910 in company with her mother and two brothers. While she has resided in this
country only five years, Mrs. Sinn speaks the English language fluently and she has thoroughly identified herself with the interests of her adopted county.
Mr. Sinn is a stanch democrat and keeps in touch with the happenings and movements of present-day politics. He owns stock in the Williamsburg Saving Bank and is recognized as a man of good business judgment and as a representative and progressive farmer.
WILLIAM H. BUSWELL
William H. Buswell, who owns and operates one hundred and sixty acres of land in Washington Township, was born in Iowa County on the 12th of February, 1888, a son of Joseph and Edith (Salisbury) Buswell, the former a native of France, born in 1846, and the latter of Ohio, born in 1851. The father was brought to this country when an infant and grew to manhood here. He has made farming his life work and he and his wife are still living in Hilton Township, where they have many friends. They are the parents of eleven children, Florence, George, Grace, Mina, Charles, Emma, Frederick, Edith, William H., David and Burt.
William H. Buswell early aided his father with the work of the homestead and as his strength increased he performed the more difficult tasks in connection with cultivating the land and raising stock and by the time that he was grown he was an experienced farmer. He began his independent business career after reaching maturity and now owns a quarter section of rich and productive land in Washington Township and the cultivation of which demands his whole time and attention. He is one of the most successful of the younger farmers of the county and his energy and progressiveness insure his continued prosperity.
Mr. Buswell was married on the 5th of April, 1911, to Miss June Beckler, of Marengo, a daughter of John and Phoebe (Hess) Beckler. Her father passed away on the 28th of October, 1913, but her mother is still living at the age of sixty-four years. She has four sisters living: Dora, Letta, May and Lily, while another sister, Cora Frances, is deceased. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Buswell have been born three children: John Howard, whose natal day was the 5th of March, 1912; Grace Victoria, born March 29, 1913; and Brenton Oliver, whose birth occurred on the 26th of November, 1914.
Mr. Buswell casts his vote for the candidates and principles of the Republican Party, whose policies he believes to be for the good of the country. He has many warm personal friends and is highly spoken of in his locality.
H. S. DETCHON, M. D.
Dr. H. S. Detchon, who is probably the foremost physician and surgeon of Victor, Iowa, was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, on the 25th of January, 1869, a son of Heman and Amanda (Agnew) Detchon, the former a native of Columbiana County, Ohio, and the latter presumably born in Parke County, Indiana,
near Rockville. She removed with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson Agnew, to Cedar county, Iowa, the family home being established upon the Welton and Tipton road. Mr. Detchon removed to that locality when a young man and was there married. Not long after that event he and his wife went to Indiana and lived in Wells County for about two years. They then removed to Montgomery County, that state and located upon a farm belonging to his brother, Dr. E. Detchon. The family home was maintained upon that place for about fifteen years and during that time Mrs. Detchon passed away, her demise occurring on the 23d of April, 1873. The father subsequently married Mrs. Sarah J. Groendyke and two or three years later the family removed to a farm on Black Creek, Montgomery County, which Mrs. Detchon owned. Still later they settled on another farm in that county and there the father passed away in May, 1900.
Dr. Detchon acquired his general education in the common schools and later attended the Norton Normal & Scientific Academy at Wilton Junction, Iowa, from which he was graduated in the spring of 1894, with the degree of B. S. upon his completion of a three year course. In the fall of that year he matriculated in the medical department of the State University of Iowa, which conferred upon him the degree of M. D. on the 30th of March, 1908. Immediately following his graduation he came to Victor and opened an office on the 5th of April of that year. He has practiced here continuously since that time with the exception of one year, which was passed in Romney, Indiana. His practice is extensive and is proof of the confidence of the people of the community repose in his knowledge and skill. He also has the respect of his colleagues and has achieved gratifying success in his chosen line of work.
Dr. Detchon supports the Democratic Party at the polls but has been content to perform his public duty as a private citizen. Fraternally he is a member of the Victor Lodge, No. 117, K. P., and holds membership in the Knights of Luther. During the years in which he has resided in Victor, he has won the warm regard of many and has always held friendship inviolable.
W. C. CARSON
W. C. Carson, a clothier and men’s furnisher of North English, has a well established business and is a leader in mercantile circles in Iowa County. He was born near Iowa City, in Johnson County, on the 15th of September, 1867, a son of Andrew C. and Charlotte (Gardner) Carson, natives of Kentucky and New York State respectively. On his mother’s side he is descended from Revolutionary stock and two of the brothers of his grandmother Gardner served in the War of 1812. The ancestry of the Gardner family has been traced back much farther than the Revolutionary period, as it is known that one of the ancestors of the family was John Smith, who was so prominently identified with the first colonization of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Carson were married in Johnson County, Iowa, as both the Carson and Gardner families were pioneer settlers there, the former arriving in about 1843 and the latter about 1855. After their marriage the parents of our subject settled upon a farm in Johnson County, where they resided until about 1872, when they removed to Iowa County and
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Carson
settled upon a farm in English township, belonging to the father. After residing here two years he sold his farm and returned to Johnson County, but five years later he came again to his place in this county, as the purchaser had failed to pay for the land. Mr. Carson continued to reside here until his death, which occurred on the 21st of December, 1907. He won a large measure of success and became the owner of two hundred and fifty acres of fine land, two hundred acres of which is still a part of the estate. His widow survives and resides with a daughter in the northern part of Iowa.
W. C. Carson was reared under the parental roof and after attending the public schools entered Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana, completing the business course in that institution in June, 1888. The summer of the following year he located in North English, Iowa and established the clothing and men’s furnishings store which he still conducts. During the more than a quarter of a century that he has engaged in merchandising here he has maintained a position of leadership and is widely recognized as one of the prominent business men of Iowa County. He carries a stock which appeals to men of discriminating taste and as he is not only thoroughly reliable but is also invariably courteous in his treatment of his patrons, he has little difficulty in holding custom once gained.
Mr. Carson was married in 1889 to Miss Jessie Herring, of Iowa City, who was graduated from the State University of Iowa with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. To their union were born four children: Gladys, who is a senior in the State University of Iowa; Dean H., who is employed in his father’s store; Maidie, who is a senior in the North English high school; and Frank B. Mrs. Carson passed away on the 7th of August, 1907, and her demise was sincerely mourned by many.
Mr. Carson is a stalwart republican and for a number of years has served on the town council. At the time that the water works were installed in North English he was chairman of the water works committee and carried a large share of the responsibility for the successful installation of the plant. For eleven or twelve years he was a member of the township board of trustees and for twenty-two years has been secretary of the school board. He belongs to North English Lodge, No. 256, K. P., and served as the first chancellor commander on the organization of the lodge in April, 1891. He was also the first president of the Boosters Club. He has been identified with many phases of community life and activity, and his influence has always been on the side of progress and advancement.
J. A. GILBERT
J. A. Gilbert, who has passed away, was not only recognized as an able and efficient farmer but was also highly esteemed for his many excellent qualities of character. A native son of Iowa County, he was born in Washington Township on the 25th of February, 1857, of the marriage of James and Nancy (Going) Gilbert. Their children numbered seven, four sons and three daughters.
J. A. Gilbert received his education in the public schools and is indebted to his father for instruction in agricultural work. He continued to farm after
reaching his majority and became, in time, the owner of a good property which he always kept in fine condition. He raised the usual crops and also gave considerable attention to the feeding of livestock and both phases of his business proved remunerative.
On the 21st of September, 1880, occurred the marriage of Mr. Gilbert and Miss Anna Patterson, of West Liberty, a daughter of John Patterson, a veteran of both the Mexican and Civil wars. She was one of a family of seven children and by her marriage became the mother of twelve, six boys and six girls, as follows: Clarence, born October 3, 1881, is farming in this county and is married and has two children. Merritt, born on the 13th of February 1883, is residing in Cedar Rapids. Ray, born December 20, 1885, is engaged in farming. Blanch, whose birth occurred on the 13th of January, 1888, married J. W. Brown, of Marengo, and they have three children. Glenn and Edna both died in infancy. Elsie, born March 25, 1892, married D. E. Buswell, a farmer of this county. Elva was born on the 6th of February, 1894, and died when four years old. Floyd, born December 11, 1896, is at home. Carl died in infancy. Veva was born on the 13th of November, 1899. Villa, the youngest of the family, was born on the 4th of January, 1902.
Mr. Gilbert gave his political support to the Republican Party as he was convinced of the wisdom of its policies. He was an influential citizen and his cooperation could always be depended upon when there was some measure on foot to advance the interests of his community. He was a man of domestic tastes who found his greatest happiness in his home and his truest pleasure in providing for the comfort and well-being of his wife and children. He was a kind and loving husband and father and in all of the private relations of life measured up to the highest standards, while as a citizen he was conscientious in the discharge of every duty. The influence of his life is still felt and those who knew him cherish his memory.
John Wilson, who since 1900 has lived retired from business cares in Ladora, has turned his energies largely toward public affairs and for a number of years served as mayor of his town. A native of Genesee County, New York, his birth occurred on the 15th of July, 1825, and he is a son of John and Jane (Decker) Wilson, the former born in Connecticut and the latter in Massachusetts. In 1828 the family removed to Allegany County, New York, and the father followed farming there. Both he and his wife passed away in that state, mourned by those who were intimately associated with them.
John Wilson, who is the only survivor in the family of eight children, was reared under the parental roof and at the usual age entered the common schools in the vicinity of his father’s farm. For three years after attaining his majority he continued to reside upon the homestead and then began farming upon his own account in New York. The year 1856 witnessed his removal to Pennsylvania and five years later he went to Henry County, Illinois, where he lived for two years, after which he removed to Carroll County, that state. Subsequently he resided in Tama County, Iowa for two years, but in 1866 took up his residence
upon a farm in Hartford township, Iowa County, and continued to operate that place until 1900. He was prompt and aggressive in the performance of his work as a farmer and as he used good sense in making his plans and carried them out carefully it was but natural that he should prosper financially. At length he accumulated enough of this world’s goods to insure him of comfort for his remaining days and removed to Ladora, where he has since lived in retirement from business cares.
In 1849 Mr. Wilson married Miss Mary E. Biles, who was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and they became the parents of eight children: Sarah E., deceased wife of R. Horton; C. H., now living in Texas; J.Q. who has passed away; Frank, of Pocahontas County, Iowa; Ida B., who married F. A. Ingraham, a resident of Oklahoma; S. S., of Audubon County, Iowa; F. L., of Marengo; and Curtis, who has passed away. The wife and mother died in 1900 and was laid to rest in the Sumner cemetery. In 1908 Mr. Wilson married Mrs. Lydia S. (Park) Broachey, who was born in Lake County, Ohio, a daughter of Jonathan and Julia (Mary) Park, natives respectively of Massachusetts and Ohio. The father died in Oklahoma and the mother in New York State.
Mr. Wilson is a republican and was one of those who helped to organize the party in 1855. For a number of years he served as justice of the peace and has also been assessor and trustee. Since removing to Ladora he has been honored by election to the mayoralty and has also held the position of president of the school board. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church and are active in promoting its influence and growth. For fourteen years Mrs. Wilson taught in the Sunday school. Mr. Wilson still owns one hundred and twenty acres of land on sections 2 and 11, Hartford Township, and his wife holds title to a fine residence in Ladora. He is likewise, a stockholder in the local bank and is one of the substantial and representative citizens of Ladora.
Jacob Floerchinger is one of the well known farmers of Lincoln Township, engaged in the cultivation of his home place comprising one hundred and sixty-two and a half acres of section 21, and also an eighty acre tract on section 20. The methods which he employs in tilling the soil and caring for his crops measure up to modern standards and are bringing to him a gratifying financial return.
Mr. Floerchinger is a native of Beyer, Germany. He was born on the 12th of September, 1869, a son of F. Jacob and Elizabeth (Floerchinger) Floerchinger. The father, who was born in Germany, September 25, 1839, is now living near Williamsburg, Iowa. The mother, who was born in Germany, June 19, 1843, died in Lincoln Township, this county, April 17, 1900. They were married in the fatherland in 1865 and left their native country in 1877 to become residents of the new world. Traveling across the country, they settled in Johnson County, Iowa, where they lived for ten years, and then removed to Iowa County, where Mr. Floerchinger purchased eighty acres of land, to which he added from time to time until he became the owner of an excellent farm property of two hundred and forty acres.
Jacob Floerchinger, whose name introduces this review, was a little lad of eight years when he accompanied his parents to the new world. His education was largely acquired in the schools of Johnson County, Iowa, and under the direction of his father he received ample training in farm work and gave to him active assistance until he reached the age of thirty-one years, when he purchased his father’s place. He afterward sold one hundred and sixty acres of that land, retaining possession of eighty acres on section 20, and purchased one hundred and sixty-two and a half acres on section 25, which is now his home farm.
On the 27th of March, 1901, Mr. Floerchinger was united in marriage to Miss Dora Schultz, who was born March 27, 1880, in Iowa County, a daughter of Fred and Caroline (Hamann) Schultz, whose record appears elsewhere in this volume. To Mr. and Mrs. Floerchinger have been born five children: Clara, who was born February 26, 1902; Edna, March 31, 1903; Viola, January 3, 1905; Hilda, January 25, 1907; and Carl, June 24, 1910.
The parents are members of the German Lutheran Church and to its teachings are loyal adherents. Mr. Floerchinger served as school director from 1906 until 1909 and is interested in the cause of education and other forces for the best development of the community. His political allegiance is given to the Republican Party but he neither seeks nor desires public office.
FRED H. SCHULTZ
Fred H. Schultz is a resident farmer of Lincoln Township, where he has one hundred and sixty acres of good land on the northwest quarter of section 23. He resides with his widowed mother, his sister and two brothers on the old homestead, which was his birthplace and which is situated on the southeast quarter of section 15. He is the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schultz. The father was born in Germany, February 6, 1848, and on coming to America in the spring of 1868, settled in Linn County. He at once began work on the farm of Isaac Kock, near Marion, and after working there for two years went to Benton County, where he was employed by Johnson and Armstrong for four years. He then came to Iowa County and for one year was in the employ of Ferdinand Younker in Lenox township. In 1876, he became the owner of one hundred and sixty acres in Lincoln Township.
On the 26th of February, 1877, Mr. Schultz was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Hamann and the following month they removed to the farm in Lincoln Township, which is still the old homestead. They spent thirty-eight years of happy married life and on the 6th of March, 1915, Mr. Schultz met with a fatal accident while driving. He always felt safe when he could drive the little black team that was known far and near and he had traveled the road for years with this team. What frightened the horses that day is unknown. The accident happened a short distance south of the home of his son-in-law, Jacob Floerchinger, and was witnessed by his granddaughter, Clara Floerchinger, who told her father that she heard something crack and saw the team run. He at once followed and by telephone neighbors were quickly summoned. Mr. Schultz had been thrown against a post and was able to speak only a few words. In a very short time he expired and it was found that his spine was broken. The team ran
to the foot of a small hill where the road made a sharp turn on a slight grade, and it was there that the accident occurred. Mr. Schultz was widely and favorably known throughout this section of Iowa and had a circle of friends almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintance.
His wife was born in Germany, May 20, 1858, and came to America with her parents in May, 1872, settling in Benton County. She has made many friends in this locality. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Schultz were born six children: Mary, the wife of George H. Meyer, of Dayton Township; Dora, the wife of Jacob Floerchinger, of Lincoln township; Fred H.; Carl C., living on the old homestead, where he has one hundred and sixty acres of good land comprising the west half of the southwest quarter of section 14 and the east half of the northeast quarter of section 22; and Miss Minnie and Clarence, at home.
Since his father’s death Fred H. Schultz has assumed the management of the home property and is now busily engaged in the conduct of the farm. He is a republican in his political views and is a member of the German Lutheran Church. He has always lived in this locality and is well known throughout Iowa County.
JOHN R. BROWN
John R. Brown, who is living retired upon his farm in Cono Township, was born in Benton County, Iowa, on the 12th of September, 1858, a son of Ebenezer S. and Martha Jane (Hoisington) Brown. The parents were both natives of Ohio, but met and were married in Iowa. The father and the paternal grandfather of our subject were numbered among the earliest settlers of Johnson County this state, and some idea of the pioneer conditions that prevailed at the time of their settlement here may be gathered from the fact that the father used the bounty money paid him for killing timber wolves in buying land from the government. He passed away in December, 1896, and on the 1st of August, 1897, his widow was killed in a runaway accident. They were the parents of eight children. Elizabeth, who passed away in 1882, left a husband and three children. John R. is the next in order of birth. Mary is the wife of Joseph Hadliska, of Johnson County. Lucinda married W. A. Crawford, of Cono Township. Alexander is residing in Tama County. William lives in Seattle, Washington. Lois Ann married W. L. Allen, of Benton County. Joseph lives in Conway Springs, Kansas.
John R. Brown grew to manhood under the parental roof and received a good common-school education. Upon reaching mature years he determined to make farming his life work and he has met with a large measure of success in that occupation. He owns an excellent farm on section 2, Cono Township, and still makes his home there, although he has retired from active work, the land being cultivated by his son-in-law.
Mr. Brown married Miss Sophia Schuchert, and they have five children: Coila May, born September 30, 1881, married Mardie Cronbaugh, by whom she has four children. Delfa, whose birth occurred on the 20th of August, 1884, married Arthur Cronbaugh, by whom she has a son and they also lost a daughter. Naomi, who was born on the 12th of February, 1892, became the wife of
John Coufall and they have a daughter Helen. Gladys was born on the 8th of August 1896; one died in infancy.
Mr. Brown is a republican and is ably serving as trustee of his township. He is much concerned for the welfare of the public-school system and while school director furthered its interests to the extent of his power. While actively engaged in farming he was industrious and progressive, and the competence which he has gained is the merited reward of persistent and well planned labor. He is not only one of the substantial men of his locality but is also held in high esteem by all who know him, as his personal characteristics are admirable.
Edward McNeil, a worthy native son and representative agriculturist of Iowa County, owns and operates an excellent farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 16, York Township, in which township he was born on the 26th of September, 1881. His father B. F. McNeil is a native of Maine. His mother is deceased, having passed away on the 18th of September, 1912. To Mr. and Mrs. B. F. McNeil were born two children, Edward and Hugh.
Edward McNeil attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and since starting out upon his business career has devoted his attention to farming, now owning a rich and productive tract of land embracing one hundred and twenty acres. The property has all modern improvements and the well tilled fields annually yield golden harvests in return for the care and labor bestowed upon them.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, Mr. McNeil has given his political allegiance to the democracy, while his religious faith is that of the Catholic Church. His life has been upright and honorable in all relations and he is well known and highly esteemed in the county where he has resided from his birth to the present time.
WALLACE M. BEAN
Among the successful farmers of Pilot township is Wallace M. Bean, who is operating land on section 15. He was born in a log cabin in that township on the 15th of November, 1862, a son of Benjamin L. Bean, extended mention of whom is made in the sketch of J. J. Bean, which appears elsewhere in this volume.
Our subject was educated in the district schools and after putting aside his textbooks devoted his time to operating the home farm in association with his mother. In 1891 the father passed away and our subject farmed the home place the following year, after which he sold the stock, and farm implements and made his home with his brother, J. J., giving his time to the operation of one hundred and twenty acres which he himself owned. Eighty acres of the tract was given him by his father and he purchased the other forty. Immediately following his marriage Mr. Bean located upon his present home farm, having erected a handsome residence for his bride. In the intervening years to the
present time, he has prospered and now owns two hundred and forty acres of some of the richest farm land in Iowa County. He is at once practical and progressive in his methods and seldom fails to harvest large crops.
In 1895, occurred the marriage of Mr. Bean and Miss Theresa Mumm, of Pilot township, a daughter of the late Peter Mumm, one of the prominent farmers of Iowa County. To this union have been born two children, Benjamin L. and Dewey S.
Mr. Bean is a democrat and has served as township trustee. Almost continuously since 1895, he has been a member of the school board and during that time has consistently endeavored to advance the best interests of the public schools. Fraternally he is identified with the Williamsburg Lodge, No. 368, I.O.O.F., and both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Protestant church, whose work profits by their cooperation and material support. He owns stock in the Farmers Savings Bank of Williamsburg and is recognized as a representative and substantial citizen.
C. H. HARTMANN
C. H. Hartmann, who for the past thirty-eight years has operated the same farm in Washington Township, Iowa County, was born on the 9th of January, 1865, at Lancaster, New York, a son of Christian H. and Katharine (Auderer) Hartmann, both natives of Germany. The father was born at Abstadt, Wurtemberg, Germany on the 4th of February, 1832 and in the fall of 1856, when twenty-four years of age, came to America, locating first at Buffalo, New York, where he resided for twelve years, removing thence to Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Two years later he located in Washington Township, this county, where he resided during the remainder of his life, for thirty-five years. In 1896, he made a trip to Germany and spent the summer months in his native land. He passed away on the 7th of November, 1905, at the age of seventy-three years, nine months and three days, and his long and useful life had gained him the full confidence and the high esteem of those who knew him. He died as he had lived, in the faith of the Lutheran church, and was laid to rest in the Bishop Cemetery. He was first married in 1857, Miss Katharine Auderer becoming his wife, and they had nine children. At the time of his demise there were thirty-two grandchildren. The wife and mother died in 1875 and in 1877 Mr. Hartmann married Mrs. Theresa Weisser, the widow of John G. Weisser. She, too, has now passed to her reward.
C. H. Hartmann of this review was reared upon a farm in Washington Township and early became familiar with all phases of agricultural work, so that when, as a young man, he started out as a farmer upon his own account, he met with immediate success. He owns and operates a fine tract of land comprising one hundred and seventy-five acres and has resided upon that place for thirty-eight years. During that time he has not only gained a gratifying measure of material prosperity for himself, but has also contributed to the agricultural development of his locality and is justly considered an able and progressive farmer.
Mr. Hartmann was married on the 13th of October, 1892, to Miss Rosa Weisser, of Washington Township, a daughter of John G. and Theresa Weisser. Her father was a native of Oberstfelt, Wurtemberg, Germany, and her mother of Englesweis, Baden, Germany, born October 7, 1830. It was in the summer of 1852 that she came to America and settled in Buffalo, New York. In the fall of that year she united with the German Evangelical church and two years later was married to Mr. Weisser, who was also a member of that church. For twenty-one years he ran a bakery and restaurant in Lancaster, New York. They became the parents of seven children, those surviving being: John G., of Dedham, Iowa; Christian M., of Sioux City; Matt, of Martell, South Dakota; Mrs. Anna Cordary, of Des Moines; and Mrs. Rosa Hartmann, the wife of our subject. In 1875, Mr. Weisser passed away and two years later his widow removed with her family to Marengo, where in that same year she married Christian Hartmann, the father of our subject. She continued to reside in Washington Township the remainder of her life and her last days were spent at the home of our subject. She was a sincere Christian and the influence of her godly life had much to do in forming the characters of her children and grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Hartmann have become the parents of four children: Paul, who was born on the 17th of June, 1894, and is farming; Theresa, whose birth occurred on the 15th of October, 1896; Frank, born January 5, 1900; and Lenora, whose natal day was the 16th of August, 1902. The parents are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Mr. Hartmann gives his political allegiance to the Democratic Party. He is not only a successful farmer but is also a public-spirited citizen, and in all relations of life his conduct measures up to high standards.
FRED WILLIAM MEYER
An excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated on section 21, Iowa Township, is the home property of Fred William Meyer. It was also his birthplace and his natal day was April 7, 1872. His parents were Henry and Magdalena (Werner) Meyer. The father, a native of Prussia, made his way to Cincinnati, Ohio, after crossing the Atlantic to the new world and thence came to Iowa county, at which time the Rock Island railroad extended only as far as Iowa City, so that he walked from there to his place. The district in which he settled was a pioneer region, much of the land being still in possession of the government, and he homesteaded eighty acres, to which he added another eighty acres of school land. The entire tract was wild and unimproved, but with characteristic energy he began its development and his untiring labors soon brought a marked change in the appearance of the place, the wild prairie grasses giving way before the work of cultivation, which resulted in the harvesting of good crops. To Mr. and Mrs. Meyer were born six children: Henry, who died in 1913; Herman and Minnie, also deceased; Mrs. Henry Doerzman and Louise, who live in Marengo; and Fred W. who occupies the old home place. The father died on the 18th of January, 1907, and was survived for only a few weeks by his widow, who passed away on the 7th of February, 1907.
Fred William Meyer, reared under the parental roof in the usual manner of farm lads, acquired a common-school education and also pursued a commercial course at Iowa City. Through the periods of vacation and after his schooldays were over he worked upon the home farm until 1893, when he went to the west, being then a young man of twenty-one years. He remained in the west for about thirteen years, being engaged in the hotel and a restaurant business at Long Beach, California, but in 1907 he returned to his native county and has since been engaged in farming, occupying the old homestead. He is, moreover, a stockholder in the Iowa Hilton Telephone Company. Mr. Meyer occupies the only log cabin of the county which is still being used as a home. It was built by his father and is one of the old landmarks of the county. In his political views Mr. Meyer is independent, nor does he seek nor desire office. He concentrates his efforts upon his farming interests with the result that his labors are bringing to him a good return.
FRED GUEHRN, Jr.
Fred Guehrn, Jr., a farmer of Pilot Township and also a member of the board of county supervisors, is a native of Germany, born November 7, 1875, of the marriage of Frederick and Christina (Peters) Guehrn, who were likewise born in Germany. In the fall of 1883 the family crossed the Atlantic and after landing in the United States continued their journey westward to this county. For four years after his arrival the father worked for the Amana colony but in 1887 he removed to a farm four miles from Marengo. The family resided there until 1890, when he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Pilot Township, where he is still living.
Fred Guehrn, Jr. was a lad of eight years when brought by his parents to the county and practically all of his education was acquired in the common schools here. He was married in 1897 and at that time purchased eighty acres of land from his father and began farming independently. He sill lives upon that place and as he is very industrious and manages well, he derives an income from his farm that enables him to add to his capital from year to year. He raises livestock, in addition to the cultivation of the fields and in all that he does is practical and farsighted.
In October 1897, Mr. Guehrn married Miss Paulina Wiedemeier, of Lincoln Township, this county, and to their union have been born four children: Mable F., Harry F., Lawrence D. and Mamie A., all at home.
Mr. Guehrn gives his political allegiance to the Democratic Party and was for one term township assessor. In 1912, he was elected a member of the board of county supervisors, in which capacity he is now serving to the satisfaction of his constituents. Both he and his wife hold membership in the German Reformed church and he has been an elder therein for a number of years. The public schools find in him a stalwart champion and he has a record for continuous service upon the school board that is seldom equaled, as he has been a member of that body since his twenty-first year. In that time he has been instrumental in bringing about much improvement in the public schools of the county. Fraternally
he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America; with Ladora Lodge, No. 622, I.O.O.F.; and with Marengo Lodge, No. 30, K.P. He is one of the most public-spirited citizens of his township and has contributed to the advancement of his community along many lines. He is well known and wherever known is held in the highest respect.
J. A. WHITE
J. A. White, a retired farmer of Honey Creek Township, who is a member of the present board of county supervisors, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, on the 20th of November 1850, and is a son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Wycoff) White, natives of Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Muskingum County, Ohio, respectively. His maternal grandparents were Joseph and Susan Wycoff and his grandfather was a soldier of the War of 1812. The paternal grandparents were James and Elizabeth White, whose ancestry ahs been traced back to the Revolutionary period, our subject’s sister being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to which his wife is also eligible. The parents of our subject were married in Muskingum County, Ohio, the father having located there when a young man. He engaged in blacksmithing in that county until 1865, when he removed with his family to Mercer County, Illinois. The following fall, however, the family continued their journey westward and located in Honey Creek Township, this county on the land which the father had entered from the government some eleven years previous. The original patents which were signed by President Franklin Pierce are now in the possession of our subject. In 1884, a removal was made to College Springs, Page County, Iowa, where the mother passed away in 1904, at the age of seventy years. The father then made his home with a daughter in South Omaha until his demise, which occurred in 1906, when he was seventy-two years of age. For a number of years he was trustee of Honey Creek Township, this county, and was also justice of the peace. He was one of the influential men of his locality and was highly respected.
J. A. White remained under the parental roof during the period of his minority and attended the public schools. He continued to reside at home for about eleven years after reaching his majority and assisted in the work of the homestead. At the end of that time he was deeded an eighty acre farm, which, however, was encumbered with a seven hundred dollar mortgage, which he obligated himself to pay off. Upon the removal of his father to Page County, our subject rented the homestead and was so successful in its operation that at the end of four years he was able to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of the farm, buying that part of the place on which the buildings were located. The remainder of the homestead was sold and the proceeds divided among the other heirs. He carries on general farming and raises abundant crops, the sale of which returns to him a good profit annually. He also feeds stock to some extent and finds that line of business profitable. His farm is one of the well improved and valuable places of the township and everything is kept in excellent condition.
J. A. White
In July 1884, Mr. White married Miss Salome Sullenberger, of Koszta, this county, who was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, August 30, 1855. Her father, David Sullenberger, was born in Ohio and came to Iowa in 1850. Later, however, he located in Schuyler County, Illinois, where he was married in 1854 to Miss Elizabeth Pruett, a native of Indiana. For two years they made their home in Missouri but came to Iowa in 1861, locating in Honey Creek Township, Iowa County, where Mr. Sullenberger died. His wife is still living. Mrs. White received a good practical education in the schools of Koszta and Marengo and for nine years prior to her marriage successfully engaged in teaching. Mr. and Mrs. White have become the parents of six children, of whom four survive, as follows: Charles M., who is farming near Redwood Falls, Minnesota; Orrie E., who is teaching in the Newton (Ia.) schools; David A., who is operating the homestead; and Lawrence S., who is attending the Marengo high school.
Mr. White is a republican and has been honored with election to a number of local positions of trust and responsibility. For many years he was township trustee and is now serving his second term as a member of the board of county supervisors. He is one of the influential men of his part of the county and is not only generally respected but also has many personal friends, who hold him in warm regard.
VINCENT J. MICHALEK
An excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Hartford Township pays tribute to Vincent J. Michalek, and its high state of cultivation is evidence of his ability as an agriculturist. He was born in Iowa County on the 20th of June 1880, a son of Joseph and Frances (Roushar) Michalek, both natives of Bohemia. On emigrating to America they first located in Illinois but subsequently removed to this county, the father purchasing the mill at Victor, which he operated for several years. Both he and his wife are deceased. They were the parents of seven children, of whom five survive, namely: Joseph; Frances, the wife of Michael Gannon; Vincent J.; Mamie, the wife of C. Sweitzer; and Frank.
Vincent J. Michalek remained with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age and following his marriage removed to his present farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on sections 17 and 18, Hartford Township. He has erected a number of buildings and has also made other improvements upon the place, which is one of the valuable farm properties of his locality. He specializes in raising and feeding stock and, as he is a good judge of stock and understands thoroughly the principles of animal husbandry; his labors yield him a good annual income.
In 1906 Mr. Michalek married Miss Emma Nowotny, who was born in Poweshiek County, this state, a daughter of John and Anna Nowotny, also natives of Bohemia. They now make their home in Victor, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Michalek have five children: Lucile, Charles, Margaret, Jo and Mary.
The parents are communicants of the Catholic Church, whose work they further in every way possible, and Mr. Michalek belongs to the Knights of Columbus
and the Modern Woodmen of America. His political belief is that of the Democratic Party and he takes a praiseworthy interest in public affairs. He is well informed as to the events of the day and the great issues that come before the people for consideration. He has gained a gratifying measure of prosperity for one of his years, and his energy and progressiveness insure his continued success.
JAMES C. DINWIDDIE
James C. Dinwiddie was born in Marengo, Iowa on the 8th of January, 1855, and with the exception of a few years’ absence has there resided to the present time, being widely recognized as one of its leading, influential and respected citizens. His parents were John and Catharine A. Dinwiddie, the former of Scotch-Irish parentage and the latter of French-Welsh extraction. John Dinwiddie was born and reared near Millersburg, Kentucky, his parents having first settled in Virginia and later removed to Kentucky. He left the Blue Grass State when a young man, going to Indiana and ultimately locating in Brownstown, where he taught school as principal in the seminary at that place for some time. During his residence in Brownstown he met and married Miss Catharine A. Crenshaw, a young lady of culture and refinement and a member of a prominent family of that locality, the wedding ceremony being performed on the 8th of March 1849. She was born in Jackson County, Indiana, and acquired her education in the schools at Brownstown. In 1853, Mr. and Mrs. John Dinwiddie removed to Illinois, remaining for a short time at Jacksonville, while in 1854 they came to Marengo, Iowa. Having learned the tinner’s trade when a young man, John Dinwiddie, in company with William D. Crenshaw, embarked in the tin and hardware business under the firm name of Crenshaw & Company at Marengo following his arrival in this state. The country was then new and no railroads had yet been built so far west. Iowa City was the state capital and much of the wholesale business, as well as the marketing of grain and livestock, was done at Muscatine. Livestock was driven to market on the hoof, grain and merchandise were transferred by team and stage coaches afforded the common means of travel. The Dinwiddie family consisted of parents and four children, three sons and a daughter, namely: Charles E., John M., James C. and Mattie. Both parents and two of the children, Charles E. and Mattie, are deceased. The surviving members of the family are: John M. a banker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and James C. of Marengo.
The father having passed away while the children were all young, leaving a family of little ones to be reared and cared for by the mother in a new country, all were practically compelled to become self-sustaining in so far as was possible. Educational facilities were decidedly limited, and James C. Dinwiddie therefore acquired his knowledge largely by experience, observation and reading, becoming a well informed man as time went on. He did odd jobs as a boy, scorning no employment that offered an honest dollar and working both in the country and in town. Subsequently he clerked in stores of Marengo and Des Moines, attended school and read law. In 1886, he was admitted to the bar and qualified
to practice law in the state and federal courts. He entered upon professional duties soon afterward and was succeeding in a highly satisfactory manner when his hearing became impaired to such an extent that he was obliged to abandon his practice and take up newspaper work in Marengo. At the end of a year thus spent, he made his way to Nebraska, having purchased an interest in the Norfolk Journal in association with the late H. R. Crenshaw. Later he sold his interest in the Nebraska paper , and after an absence of about three years, returned to Marengo to remain with his mother during the balance of her life. For some time afterward he was engaged in the real-estate business in partnership with the Hon. M. W. Stover, and in November, 1895, was elected to the office of county treasurer, discharging the duties of this important position in a highly creditable manner for two full terms. Subsequently he again embarked in the land business in association with F. B. Colson. He also served as chairman of the republican central committee of Iowa County for a number of years, was a member of city council and has held other positions of honor and trust. In 1904, he purchased the Marengo Republican from M. A. Raney, this being the oldest newspaper of the county. Three years later, however, he sold the paper and the printing business to D. C. Mott and assumed the duties of postmaster at Marengo, which position he filled in a most commendable manner for eight years.
On the 26th of March, 1910, his mother, who was then in her eighty-second year and to whom the name “mother” applied in its most tender and broadest significance, passed to the great beyond, having lived a long and useful life and having had the satisfaction of seeing her three sons and only daughter grow to useful womanhood and prosperous manhood. Miss Mattie, a graduate of Marengo high school, and Charles E., editor and manager of the Marengo Republican, having preceded their mother in death. So well and so favorably known was this grand old pioneer mother that leading daily newspapers of the state printed her picture in connection with the notice of her demise, and district court, then in session, was adjourned by Hon. R. P. Howel, judge, that the bar and others in attendance at court might attend the funeral services.
On the 20th of February 1913, Mr. Dinwiddie was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Welsh of Marengo. He and his estimable wife have an attractive home in the suburbs of Marengo and dispense a gracious hospitality, which is enjoyed and appreciated by their many friends.
GEORGE A. VOGT
George A. Vogt, a prosperous representative of agricultural interests in this county, owning one hundred and eighty acres of land in Washington Township, was born in Marengo, April 17, 1873, of the union of Franz A. and Anna (Renz) Vogt, both natives of Wurtemberg, Germany. The father was a young man of twenty-two years when he emigrated to the United States and for some time followed his trade, that of shoemaking, in Philadelphia, and later in Iowa City, Iowa. For twenty-four years he farmed and then returned to Iowa City, when he again worked at his trade. He is still living at the age of seventy-four years,
and his wife is seventy years old. Her parents settled in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, after coming to the United States, although they first stopped for a short time at Buffalo, New York. Subsequently they removed to Iowa City. Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Vogt became the parents of nine children, six sons and three daughters: George A.; Philip; Albert; William, who died when ten years of age; Henry; Anna; Edward and Wanda, twins; and Mamie, who died when ten years of age.
George A. Vogt has always followed the occupation of farming, to which he was reared and now operates one hundred and eighty acres of land on section 21, Washington Township. He makes a specialty of raising Duroc Jersey hogs and ships a large number annually.
On the 7th of March, 1899, Mr. Vogt was married to Miss Blanche Heager, of Amana Township, who is a daughter of Frederick and Anna (Novak) Heager, both of whom are still living. Her father has made farming his life work and is a well known and prosperous agriculturist. The two sisters of Mrs. Vogt are Tracy and Anna. To our subject and his wife has been born a son, Frank Fred, whose birth occurred on the 17th of March, 1900.
The family attends the Lutheran church and takes great interest in the moral welfare of their community. Mr. Vogt supports the Democratic Party, as he believes firmly in the wisdom of its policies, and he has served as road master, township trustee and school director. A native of this county, he has passed his entire life here and those who have known him intimately since boyhood are his loyal friends.
Among the able agriculturists of Pilot township is Albert Hradek, who owns and operates land on section 15. He was born in Newport Township, Johnson County, Iowa on the 4th of May, 1875, of the marriage of John and Katerina (Zakostleckey) Hradek, further mention of whom appears in the sketch of Frank Hradek.
Albert Hradek attended the public schools in the acquirement of an education and gained much valuable experience in farm work through assisting his father, who was one of the best agriculturists of Iowa County, to which the family removed in 1875. Following his marriage, in 1899, Mr. Hradek, of this review, located on eighty acres of land, which his father subsequently deeded to him. Later he added to his holdings an eighty acre tract across the road, and he finds that the cultivation of his quarter section of land leaves very little time for outside interests. However, he is a stockholder in the Farmers Savings Bank of Williamsburg.
Mr. Hradek was married on the 10th of January, 1899, to Miss Mary Pitlick, a daughter of Martin Pitlick, one of the pioneer and very successful farmers of Johnson County, more extended mention of whom is made in the sketch of Frank Hradek. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hradek have two children, Effie E. and Ella Eleanora.
John Hradek and Family
Mr. Hradek gives his political allegiance to the Democratic Party as he believes in the wisdom of its policies, and he and his wife are numbered among the communicants of the Roman Catholic Church. He has gained a large measure of success as an agriculturist as he is energetic and up-to-date and in all of his dealing with his fellowmen has been unquestionably honest and upright. His sterling worth has gained him the respect and esteem of his community and his many friends hold him in warm regard.
LORENZO E. LEWIS
Lorenzo E. Lewis, the period of whose residence in Iowa County covers a half century, is the proprietor of the Woodlawn Stock Farm and resides on section 36, Iowa township, where he is successfully engaged in the pursuits of farming and stock-raising. His birth occurred in Kane County, Illinois, on the 29th of April, 1855, his parents being Evan C. and Sarah M. (Evans) Lewis, both of whom were natives of Wales. The father crossed the Atlantic to the United States when a young man of twenty years, while the mother was brought to this country when three years of age. In 1865, Evan C. Lewis brought his wife and children to Iowa County, Iowa, locating on a farm on section 36, Iowa Township, which is still in the possession of the family. He passed away in 1871 and for more than four decades was survived by his wife, whose demise occurred in 1913. To them were born six children.
Lorenzo E. Lewis, who was a lad of ten years when he came to this county with his parents, early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist as he assisted in the operation of the home farm. In 1880, when a young man of twenty-five years, he began farming on his own account and has since carried on agricultural pursuits with excellent success, being now the owner of the Woodlawn Stock Farm on section 36, Iowa township. In connection with the cultivation of the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he raised Polled Durham cattle, Duroc hogs and Buff Orpington chickens, both branches of his business returning to him a gratifying annual income. He is a shareholder and director in the York Creamery Company and the Williamsburg Fair Association and also owns stock in the Citizens Savings Bank of Williamsburg.
On the 24th of February 1881, Mr. Lewis was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Jenkins, her father being David Jenkins, of Williamsburg. To them have been born five children, as follows: Annbert, the wife of Charles Boland, of Webster, Iowa; Clara, who gave he hand in marriage to Russell Stover, of Winnipeg, Canada; Cettie, who is the wife of Fred Boland, a farmer of York township, this county; Hannah, the wife of A. T. Fetterson, of Cherokee, Iowa; and LeRoy, at home.
In his political views Mr. Lewis is a republican and is now ably serving in the capacities of school director and township assessor, both of which positions he has held for a number of years. Fraternally he is identified with the masons, belong to the blue lodge at Oxford, Iowa, the chapter at Iowa City and the Eastern Star at Oxford. For the past two years his wife has served as worthy
matron of the last named organization. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church, the teachings of which he exemplifies in his daily conduct. Having lived in Iowa County for a half century, he has won an extensive acquaintance within its borders and has long been recognized as one of its prosperous, representative and esteemed citizens.
Henry Kopping, a resident farmer of Lincoln Township, has not only been actively connected with agricultural interests but in various other ways has contributed to the welfare and up building of the district in which he makes his home. He was born in Holstein, Germany, January 2, 1863, a son of Carl and Fredericka Kopping, who were likewise natives of Germany, where they spent their entire lives. The father, who was born in 1822, had reached the age of sixty-four years when he was called to his final rest in 1886. His wife, who was born in 1827, died in 1882. In their family were seven children: Ernest, who was born in 1851 and passed away in 1861; Annie, who was born in 1853 and is the wife of John Bahr, a resident of Miller, south Dakota; Caroline, who was born in 1855 and is the wife of Henry Knock, of Williamsburg; Elizabeth, who was born in 1857 and died in infancy; Dora and Katharine, twins, born in 1859, the former now Mrs. Adolph Stender, of South Dakota, and the latter the wife of John Meinke, of Poweshiek County, Iowa; and Henry of this review.
The last named spent the first fifteen years of his life in the land of his birth and then bade adieu to friends and family and sailed for the new world. He settled first in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, where he was employed by others at farm work for ten years. He was ambitious; however, to engage in farming on his own account and during that period carefully saved his earnings. He then rented a farm five miles south of Marengo, upon which he lived for three years, and on the expiration of that period his capital had increased sufficiently to enable him to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of land in Lincoln Township. He has greatly improved the property since taking possession of it, having erected thereon a commodious residence of eight rooms, built in the modern style of architecture, and having also built a large barn and other out-buildings which afford ample shelter for grain and stock. In fact, his farm presents a most neat and thrifty appearance, indicating the practical methods and careful supervision of the owner.
On the 16th of March, 1888, Mr. Kopping was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Smith, of this county, who was born in July 1869, in Johnson County, Iowa, a daughter of William and Jane Smith. Her father, who was born in Germany, September 17, 1839 and her mother, born in Germany, September 12, 1844, are still living. On coming to America they settled in Iowa County in June 1863, and now for more than half century have resided in this part of the state, interested witnesses of its growth and development. They were the parents of eleven children: Jane, who is the wife of H. Lohman, a farmer of this county; Ida, who married Ed Tanke, also a resident farmer of Iowa County; Mrs. Kopping; Henry S., who carries on general agricultural pursuits in
this county; William and Edward, who died in infancy; Millie, who died in 1909; Sophia, the wife of L. Dierks, a resident farmer of Iowa County; Dora, the wife of Charles Smith, who follows farming in Iowa County; Charlie, who died in 1903; and William, who is also engaged in general farming in this county.
Mr. and Mrs. Kopping have but one child, Ida, now the wife of Fred Durr, living upon a farm adjoining the home place of her parents. In his political views Mr. Kopping is a democrat and filled the office of township clerk for sixteen years, or from 1895 until 1911. In 1905 he was elected treasurer of the school board of his district and has served thereon continuously since, covering a period of ten years. Both he and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church and their lives are guided by its teachings and measure up to high standards. For thirty-seven years Mr. Kopping has lived in Iowa County and has therefore witnessed much of its growth and progress, taking an active interest at all times in those movements which have to do with the material, intellectual and moral progress of the community.
Dennis Sullivan, an active, enterprising business man, accomplishing what he undertakes by reason of well directed activity, thrift and determination, is now manager of the Farmers Cooperative Creamery Company, and is secretary and manager of the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company. He was born February 10, 1866, in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland, and is the oldest of a family of seven sons and four daughters, of whom one son and two daughters are yet residents of Ireland. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Daly) Sullivan. In his native land Dennis Sullivan remained to the age of nineteen years, after which he sailed for America, having determined to try his fortune in the new world. He landed at Boston, Massachusetts, on the 15th of June, 1885, but did not tarry on the eastern coast. Taking Horace Greeley’s advice, he made his way direct to the middle west, reaching Marengo, Iowa, on the 19th of June. For eighteen months thereafter he was employed on the Rock Island Railroad and subsequently he worked as a farm hand for two years. He then went to a commercial college in Omaha for one winter and later made a short trip through the west as far as Ogden, Utah, but thinking no place like Marengo; he returned immediately and engaged in farming for seven years. He then entered the contracting business, hauling all the material for the county courthouse, and he also hauled brick and coal for the Brick & Tile Company.
On the 2d of May, 1893, Mr. Sullivan was united in marriage to Miss Mary Sullivan, who was born in County Cork, Ireland, the oldest daughter of John Sullivan, who now lives in Marengo, where he has been engaged in railroad work. Mrs. Mary Sullivan had three sisters and a brother, all of whom came to the United States and all are yet living, with the exception of a sister. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Sullivan took up their abode upon the farm, which he continued to manage and operate for seven years. He has become an important factor in the business circles of town and county, being now manager for the Farmers Cooperative Creamery, which position he has
occupied, with the exception of two years, since 1903, making the undertaking one of substantial success. He is also secretary and manager of the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company, filling that position since 1906 and giving to the patrons of the corporation excellent service. He is likewise a director in the Peoples Bank and he was the first to begin bottling milk in Marengo. He has erected and occupies the finest residence in Marengo and he is also the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and sixteen acres, thirteen of which lie within the city limits. He is also the third owner of a farm of three hundred and sixty acres at Iowa City, which yielded over twelve thousand bushels of corn in 1914, and he also owns two hundred and ten acres near Kostza, in Iowa County.
In his political views Mr. Sullivan has always been a republican an is now serving for the second term as a member of the city council of Marengo, having been first elected in 1911. He has done effective work for the welfare of the city along various lines and his cooperation is counted an element for success in the conduct of any public movement. His religious faith is that of the Catholic Church, of which he has been trustee for several years. His life record is an indication of what may be accomplished by a poor Irish boy through sobriety, industry and determination. The talents with which nature endowed him he has used wisely and well and his carefully defined and promptly executed business plans have made the interests with which he is connected a source of general benefit to the community as well as of individual success.
ARTHUR L. DAVIS
Arthur L. Davis, who is successfully carrying on agricultural pursuits on section 7, Pilot Township, was born in that township on the 17th of August, 1869, a son of Henry and Anna (Robinson) Davis, more extended mention of whom occurs in the sketch of Oliver E. Davis.
Arthur L. Davis received his education in the public schools and remained at home until he was about twenty-two years of age, giving his father the benefit of his labor. He then began farming for himself and rented a portion of the homestead for one year. At the end of that time he located on his present farm, on section 7, Pilot Township, which he operated for a year as a renter. He then purchased the place from his father, thus becoming the owner of one hundred and eighty acres of as good land as is found in Iowa County. He has made a number of improvements upon his farm and keeps everything about the place in excellent condition. He also owns the Davis homestead of one hundred and sixty acres and eighty acres in Lincoln Township and is one of the substantial men of his section of the state. He carries on general farming and stock-raising and finds both branches of his business profitable.
On the 23d of February, 1893, occurred the marriage of Mr. Davis and Miss Mary J. Bell, of Sumner Township. Her father, Charles W. Bell, now makes his home with his children. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have three children, Basil L., Russell and Clarence, all at home.
Mr. Davis is a republican in politics and was for one year assessor of his township. He has served as president of the school board for a number of years and has always been a stalwart champion of improvements in the public-school system. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church and he is also affiliated with the Woodmen Accident Society. He has not only gained financial independence but has also won the esteem and respect of all who have come in contact with him as his business methods are above question and his personality is both strong and attractive.
Fred McCulloch, a resident farmer of Honey Creek Township, living on section 30, was born in Davenport, Iowa, December 31, 1872, and has been a lifelong resident of this state. His father, H.S. McCulloch, was born in Holmes County, Ohio and was brought to Iowa in 1848, when a little lad of but four years, the family settling in Davenport. There he was reared and afterward turned his attention to farming and in 1876, removed to Poweshiek County, Iowa, where he purchased a tract of land and devoted the remainder of his life to agricultural pursuits save for a few years which he spent in Belle Plaine. He made a specialty of raising garden vegetables and doing truck farming and as the years passed on he won a substantial measure of success. While a resident of Davenport he met and there married Miss Carrie Holcomb, a native of Vermont. His death occurred in 1914, when he was seventy years of age, but his widow still survives at the age of sixty-six years. In their family were two daughters. The elder, Nellie, is now the wife of Gordon L. L. Elliott, a court reporter at Des Moines, and they have one son. The younger daughter, Bessie, is the wife of Ross Bailey, engaged in the real-estate and insurance business at Belle Plaine, and they have a daughter.
Fred McCulloch, the only son of the family, attended the public schools and Highland Park College at Des Moines, where he pursued a course in mechanical and electrical engineering. He has followed the profession of mechanical engineering to a greater or lesser extent throughout his entire life and at the same time has given considerable attention to general agricultural pursuits. For thirteen years he has resided upon the farm on section 30, Honey Creek Township, upon which he now makes his home. Within the boundaries of the place are comprised three hundred and twenty-five acres of rich and productive land, which he has carefully, systematically and successfully cultivated. He is a very progressive farmer, constantly studying improved methods and he is cooperating with the United States government in experimental farm management, making reports as to the cost of crops raised and the kind of seed that brings forth the best results. His work in connection with the government has been of an important character and indicates the progressive stand which he takes in behalf of improved agricultural methods. He has been one of the principal exhibitors in showing agricultural products at the leading state and national corn and grain shows and in this work has been very successful, his winnings extending over a period of twenty years. He has more medals, diplomas, cups and ribbons than
any other man in the state of Iowa, who has exhibited cereal crops. He makes a feature of raising seed corn, oats and barley and is the largest producer of alfalfa in Iowa County.
On the 25th of December, 1901, Mr. McCulloch was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Hakeman, of Honey Creek Township, a daughter of Isaac and Catherine (Smith) Hakeman. Her father has followed both carpentering and farming and he and his wife are now living in Belle Plaine. Mrs. McCulloch has one brother and one sister and by her marriage has become the mother of two children, but Virgene died in infancy, March 20, 1908. Verda Irene was born February 11, 1911. The family attends the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which the parents are members.
Mr. McCulloch votes with the republican party and is interested in the questions and political situation of the day but is not an office seeker, desiring rather to give his undivided attention to his business affairs, which have been capably directed and bring to him substantial success. His work has been an exposition of the spirit of progress and his labors have been of direct value to the community as he has put upon the market improved varieties of seed and has set the standard for more intelligently directed activity along agricultural lines.
Frank Cook, the capable president of the First National Bank of Marengo and of its sister institution, the Iowa County Loan & Savings Bank, is a native of this state, born four miles northeast of Luzerne upon a farm. His natal day was the 29th of May, 1870, and his parents, George and Christiana (Warner) Cook, were both natives of Germany, the father born in Stuttgart on the 8th of August 1821, while the mothers’ birth occurred on the 22nd of June, 1831. In 1833 George Cook arrived in the United States and in 1869 he took up his residence upon a farm in Iowa, where he resided until he removed to the vicinity of Blairstown, where he operated a fruit farm. In 1878 he went to Belle Plaine and in 1880 came to Marengo, where he was living at the time of his death, which occurred in September, 1907. He and his wife were the parents of seven children: George E., who is living in Washington, Iowa; Augusta, now Mrs. W.E. Frantz of St. Paul, Minnesota; W.L., who is living in Marengo; John W., of New York City; Clay C., deceased; Anna L., who gave her hand in marriage to George E. Bonner, of Eagle Grove, Iowa; and the subject of this review.
Frank Cook attended the public and high schools of Marengo in the acquirement of his education and in November, 1888, when he was a youth of eighteen years, he entered the Marengo Savings Bank as clerk. At that time Mr. Henderson was cashier and George E. Swain, now cashier of the Farmers Savings Bank of North English, Iowa, was assistant cashier. For two years Mr. Cook served as clerk but at the end of that time Mr. Swain resigned and he was promoted to the position of assistant cashier. On the 1st of February, 1901, he resigned and entered the First National Bank as cashier, holding a like position in the Iowa County Loan & Savings Bank, which is closely affiliated with the First National. J. H. Branch was then president of both institutions and proved
a most admirable official, winning the confidence and warm regard of all those associated with him. Mr. Cook still holds him in honored remembrance. He remained as president until his demise, after which Mr. Cook was made the executive head of the two institutions. He has served in that capacity for eight years and has continued the policy of progressiveness tempered by sane conservatism that has always characterized the First National Bank and its associate. These institutions have continued to grow and their prosperity has increased from year to year, their resources having at this time reached nearly eight hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and the general public is convinced of their stability. Many years of active connection with the work of these banks has made Mr. Cook thoroughly familiar with the routine of banking practice and he also has a clear understanding of the basic principles of finance upon which the conduct of a bank is based. He has great influence in financial circles in Marengo and is recognized as an unusually able banker.
Mr. Cook was married on the 9th of June 1900, to Miss Atlanta Conard, who was born in Ohio. Her mother, Mrs. Louisa B. Conard, is still living in Hicksville, that state. Mr. Cook is quite well known in fraternal circles, belonging to the Masons, the Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Elks. He is a member of the Iowa City lodge of the last named organization. He casts his ballot for republican candidates and principles, believing in the policies of that party. His religious faith is in accord with the tenets of the Presbyterian Church and he is one of the active members thereof. His integrity has never been questioned and it is a well know fact that his success in life has been gained by reason of superior ability and close application to business and never by the use of questionable practices. He is rightly considered one of the leading citizens of Marengo.
HERMAN F. LOHMAN
Herman F. Lohman, who carried on general farming on section 24, Lincoln township, where he owns and cultivates one hundred and sixty acres of land, belongs to that class of substantial citizens that Germany has furnished to Iowa County. His birth occurred in Hanover, Germany, December 20, 1862, and he came to America in 1874, when a youth of twelve years, accompanying his parents, Frederick and Annie M. (Meyer) Lohman. The parents were also natives of Hanover and both were born in 1839. On coming to the new world they traveled across the country and established their home in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, where the father became the owner of two hundred and ninety-seven acres of rich and arable land in Lincoln Township. He died in this county in the year 1897 and his widow now makes her home in Orange County, California. Their family numbered four children: Catharine, the wife of John Heitshusen, living in California; Herman, of this review; Anna, the wife of Henry Luetje, a resident of California; and Fred, of western Canada.
Herman F. Lohman attended school in his native country up to the time when he accompanied his parents to the new world and in Iowa County he assisted his father in the arduous task of developing a new farm, performing
more and more work of the fields as his age and strength increased. He continued at home up to the time of his marriage, which was celebrated on the 16th of March, 1888, Miss Jennie Smith of Iowa County, becoming his wife. She was born at South Amana, Iowa, March 15, 1864, a daughter of William and Jennie (Jonker) Smith. The father, who was born in Germany in 1839, is still living, and the mother, born in Germany in 1844, also survives. They were married in Iowa County in 1863 and for several years the father acted as fireman in a sawmill at Amana, Iowa. To them were born the following children: Jennie, now Mrs. Lohman; Ida, the wife of E. C. Tanke, of Iowa County; Maggie, the wife of Henry Kopping, of this county; Henry, of the same county; William and Edward, who died in infancy; Millie, who has passed away; Sophia, the wife of Louis Dierks, of Iowa County; Dora, who married Charles Smith, a farmer of this county; Charlie, who died in 1903; and William, living in this county.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lohman began their domestic life upon a rented farm, upon which they lived for five years, at the end of which time he purchased the property which is now their home. His attention has since been given to the further development and improvement of this place, with the result that he has wrought a marked transformation in its appearance. The fields are carefully cultivated and modern farm machinery is used in caring for the crops. He makes a specialty of raising hogs and other live stock and that branch of his business is bringing him a very gratifying return.
To Mr. and Mrs. Lohman have been born eight children: Frederick W., born September 4, 1890; Jennie, who was born November 24, 1895, and is the wife of Charles Pirkl; Ida, born January 13, 1897; Sophia, January 30, 1899; Annie, September 2, 1900; Dora, June 28, 1903; and Lena and Minnie, twins, May 18, 1905.
The parents hold membership in the German Lutheran Church and Mr. Lohman gives his political allegiance to the Democratic Party, which has called him to several local offices. He served as justice of the peace from 1892 until 1896, was a member of the school board from 1888 until 1898 and was again chosen to that position in 1914, so that he is the present incumbent in the office. He has been most prompt and faithful in the discharge of all his official duties and is a public-spirited citizen whose devotion to the general good stands unquestioned.
Jacob Schutterle has gained an enviable reputation as a farmer by his progressiveness and energy and holds the unqualified respect of those who know him. He was born in Germany on the 12th of August, 1876, a son of George and Barbara (Erbs) Schutterle, who in 1881 emigrated from the fatherland with their family, settling in the Amana Colony in Iowa County, Iowa. After residing there for nine years, the father purchased a farm, which he continued to operate until his death, on the 28th of June, 1911, when he had reached the age of seventy-six years. He survived his wife for ten years, her demise occurring in 1901, when she was sixty-one years of age. They were the parents of seven
children: Barbara, deceased; Lizzie; George; Jacob; Fred; Mary; and Rosa. The five older children were born in Germany and the two younger in Iowa.
Jacob Schutterle was reared to farm work and in 1900 took up his residence upon his present farm, comprising two hundred acres on section 10, Washington Township. He is not only practical in his methods of agriculture but is also alert and wide awake. He is very successful and the sale of his crops and livestock nets him a good profit annually.
On the 13th of June, 1901, Mr. Schutterle married Miss Trace Heager, of Johnson County, a daughter of Ferdinand and Anna (Novak) Heager, who reside on a farm. Both have reached the age of fifty-five years and they have to some extent retired from the cares of active life. Mrs. Schutterle has two sisters: Anna, the wife of William Kopf; and Blanche, the wife of George Vogt. Mr. and Mrs. Schutterle have four children: Ferdinand George, born August 5, 1902; Jacob William, September 12, 1903; Henry Karl, June 13, 1907; and Leona Blanche, November 30, 1909.
Mr. Schutterle is a republican and has been school director and road commissioner. Both he and his wife are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church and their influence is a force of good in their community. Mr. Schutterle has found that farming offers an excellent chance to secure financial independence and his capital has been growing steadily year by year. In 1914 he raised two thousand bushels of grain, which he sold at a good price, and he is recognized as one of the substantial and valued citizens of his township.
JOHN D. HEITSHUSEN
John D. Heitshusen, living on section 31, Iowa Township, where he owns land, is one of the old settlers of the county. His birth occurred in Oldenburg, Germany, and his parents, John H. and Anna (Kuhlmann) Heitshusen, were likewise natives of that country. In 1869 they came to the United States and at once made their way to Iowa County, locating in Marengo Township, three and a half miles east of the city of Marengo. The father purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land, on which there was a log cabin built by the former owner, which structure is still standing. He devoted the remainder of his active life to the cultivation of his land and is still living at the advanced age of ninety-two years and makes his home with the subject of this review. His wife died when sixty-five years old.
John D. Heitshusen was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the district schools of this county, as he was but eight years of age when the family emigrated to this state. He remembers the trip across the ocean and across the United States to Iowa quite vividly and remembers also something of the hardships that the family endured the first year of their residence in this county. It was a wet season and crops were poor and, as they had no money and were in a strange land, the family, which numbered father and mother and seven children, had a hard struggle to live through the winter and to pay off the mortgages on the farm. However, the father was a very industrious and with the assistance of his sons not only cleared his first farm of
encumbrance, but also purchased other land, acquiring title to four hundred acres. Our subject remained at home until his marriage, which occurred in 1886, but soon afterward purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Iowa Township from his father and he and his bride took up their residence upon that place. At different times he has bought additional land and now owns three hundred acres, all of which is well improved. He is energetic and thorough in all of his work and as he is also thrifty, his resources are increasing from year to year. He is one of the well-to-do farmers of Iowa Township and has done not a little toward furthering the agricultural development of his locality.
On the 30th of October 1886, Mr. Heitshusen married Miss Ellen Tiedjen, a native of Hanover, Germany, who came to the United States in 1880 in young womanhood. To their union have been born nine children: Anna M., now Mrs. William Sandersfeld, of Anaheim, California; Henry T., who is farming in Hilton township; John G., assistant cashier of the Conroy Savings Bank; and Adolph D., William, Martha, Diedrich, Edwin and Elmer, all at home.
Mr. Heitshusen is a republican and gives his loyal support to the candidates of that party. He and his family hold membership in the German Lutheran Church, in whose work they take an active and helpful interest. The greater part of his life has been spent in this county and he has not only witnessed a great change in conditions here and a rapid increase in prosperity, but has also thoroughly identified himself with the interests of his community and aided in many movements that have resulted in the general good.
Otto Griewatz, one of the efficient and prosperous farmers of Washington Township, is a representative of the splendid citizens and successful men whom Germany has given to the United States. He was born on the 23d of July, 1877, in Germany, a son of Paul Griewatz, who passed away when our subject was but five years of age. There were six children in the family, four boys and two girls. The mother survives and still resides in the fatherland.
When seventeen years of age Otto Griewatz crossed the Atlantic to the new world and made his way to Williamsburg, Iowa, where a brother was located. He was not afraid of hard work, was thrifty and systematic in all that he did and as the years passed his resources increased. He now owns a fine farm of two hundred and thirty-three acres on section 5, Washington Township, and derives a good annual income from his land. He has gained financial independence and as he manages his affairs well and is alert and aggressive, his continued success is assured.
On the 21st of February, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Griewatz and Miss Ella Doerzman, a daughter of Michael Doerzman, deceased, who resided in Washington Township. There were five children in the family. Mr. and Mrs. Griewatz have three children: Elva, whose birth occurred on the 9th of February 1906; Erma, born January 2, 1909; and Lorene, whose birth occurred on the 14th of September, 1914.
Mr. Griewatz is a democrat and is stalwart in his support of the principles and candidates of that party. His religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church and he is an active member of the local congregation. He began his independent career with no capital but with the determination to succeed and a belief that persistent, well planned work would lead to success and his faith has been more than justified, for he is today one of the substantial and respected residents of his township. He not only holds the good will of all who have had dealings with him but has gained the warm friendship of many.
Adam Patterson is one of the venerable citizens of Iowa County, having passed the eighty-fourth milestone of life’s journey. He now lives with his son Ephraim on a farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 33, Greene Township. His birth occurred in Licking County, Ohio, April 5, 1831, his parents being Ephraim and Eve Patterson. The father was born in Virginia in 1810 and passed away in Johnson County, Iowa, in 1866, while the mother was born in Pennsylvania. In their family were six children: Clarissa, who was born in Ohio in 1828 and became the wife of Phil Shaver; Adam, of this review; Jacob, who was born in Ohio in 1833; John, who was born in Ohio in 1835; Smiley, who was born in Ohio in 1837 and now lives in Chico, California; and Bruce, also a native of Ohio, now living in Johnson County, Iowa.
Adam Patterson, who spent the greater part of his boyhood and youth in his native state, accompanied his parents on their removal to Johnson County, Iowa. It was a wild frontier region and his father entered one thousand acres of prairie land and three hundred and forty acres of timber land, paying for the greater part of it only ninety cents per acre. His was the first house built on the prairie in Johnson County and the family experienced all of the hardships and privations of frontier life. The old homestead, a frame residence built of native sawed lumber and containing eight rooms, was destroyed by fire in 1885. Adam Patterson became an active assistant of his father in the development of the Iowa property. He was married to Miss Almena Shaff, a daughter of James and Eliza Shaff. Her father was a native of New Jersey, whence he removed to Canada and there met and married his wife, who was born in the Dominion. All through his active life Adam Patterson followed the occupation of farming. He became a resident of Iowa County and for some time was actively identified with agricultural pursuits here. He is now living at the home of his son, Ephraim, in the enjoyment of a well earned rest.
To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were born nine children: Jacob, who was born in Johnson county in 1852 and now lives in Colorado; Ephraim, who was born in the same county, December 25, 1854, and resides on the home farm; Clarissa, who was born in Johnson County in 1857 and is the wife of S. C. Palmer, also of Johnson County; James, who was born in 1859 and is now living in California; George, who was born in 1862 and lives in Iowa County; William, who was born in 1868 and is also a resident of this county; Swithen, who was born in 1870
and makes his home in South Dakota; Samuel, who was born in 1872 and died in 1910; and Albert, who was born in 1875 and is now living in California.
Mr. Patterson has long given his political allegiance to the Democratic Party and has ever endeavored to square his life by the standards of the Methodist church, of which he has long been a consistent and faithful member.
Ephraim Patterson, with whom the father resides, attended the academy at Iowa City and lived with his grandparents until his marriage. He has traveled quite extensively over the United States, thus gaining accurate and intimate knowledge of his country, and through travel, as well as school training, and in the school of experience, he has learned many valuable lessons.
On the 29th of March 1877, Ephraim Patterson was married to Miss Augusta Hammer, of Johnson County, Iowa, who was born at West Point, New York, April 3, 1857 and died March 30, 1914. She was a daughter of John and Catharine (Drumm) Hammer, in who family were six children: Maggie, who was born in 1855 and is the wife of J.J. Oldaker; Augusta; Jacob, who was born in 1861 and now lives in Iowa city; Charles, who was born in 1863 and is a resident of Johnson County, Iowa; William U., who was born in 1866 and makes his home in Atlantic, Iowa; and Catharine, who was born in 1868 and died in 1897. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Patterson. Clara, who was born October 19, 1878, is the wife of T.W. Zillmer and their children are: Jay M., born August 20, 1907; William J., March 30, 1909; and Theodore W., March 20, 1914. Jennie M. Patterson, the second daughter of Ephraim Patterson was born September 27, 1882 and is the wife of Charles Webster, by whom she has three children: Frank E., born December 8, 1900; Sylvia P., December 19, 1901 and Edna M., January 25, 1910. Bruce J. Patterson, born January 17, 1887 is married and has three children: Leona G., born October 6, 1907; Gladys S., who was born on the 20th of July 1909; and Lyle E. whose birth occurred on the 7th of October 1914. Irvin Patterson was born December 14, 1894 and died December 2, 1909.
Fraternally Ephraim Patterson is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Lodge No. 603 at Green Valley, Iowa; and to the Rebekahs, also of Green Valley. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party and his religious faith is that of the Methodist church. He has many attractive qualities, progressiveness in business, thorough reliability and unfaltering enterprise. He stands for those things which are most of worth in citizenship and in private life is found to be a social, genial gentleman, at all times cordial and agreeable. He and his father well deserve a mention in this volume and high respect is accorded Adam Patterson in recognition of a well spent life of eight-four years.
JOHN C. EATON
John C. Eaton, who was for many years identified with agricultural pursuits in Hartford township, was born in Madison County, Indiana, on the 21st of December, 1841, a son of Benjamin and Lucy (Deming) Eaton, both natives of the state of New York. They were pioneers of Indiana, where they resided for a number of years, but in 1854, became residents of Keokuk County, Iowa, where
John C. Eaton
the father entered land. Both he and his wife passed away in that county. They were the parents of eleven children and four of their sons served in the Union Army throughout the Civil war and all returned home at the close of hostilities.
John C. Eaton was reared under the parental roof and there learned lessons of patriotism that prompted him to offer his services to the country when the southern states endeavored to secede from the Union. He enlisted in Company H., Thirty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was at the front for three years, participating in a number of hard fought battles. He was fortunate enough to escape without being wounded and after being mustered out returned home and began farming in Keokuk County. For one year following his marriage, which occurred in 1874, he resided in Keokuk and then removed to Iowa County, where some time later he purchased a farm. He was one of the energetic and well-to-do agriculturists of Hartford Township and developed and improved his farm so that it became one of the valuable properties of his locality. His widow and son, Albert J., still reside upon that place.
On the 11th of April, 1874, Mr. Eaton married Miss Margaret Griffiths, a native of Wales and a daughter of David and Anna (Thomas) Griffiths, who were likewise born in that country. They never came to the United States but spent their entire lives in their native land. Their daughter Margaret emigrated to America in 1871 with an uncle and first located in Denver, Colorado, where her marriage occurred. To Mr. and Mrs. Easton were born eight children: George H., who is deceased; Eugene R., of this county; Albert J., who operates the homestead of one hundred and twenty acres on section 2, Hartford township, and specializes in stock-raising; Mary, the wife of Walter Sims; Elwin C.; Ralph R.; Gertrude A., who is attending college in Des Moines; and Jennie L., deceased.
Mr. Eaton cast his ballot in support of the candidates and measures of the Republican Party. He was a member of Ladora Lodge, No. 622, I.O.O.F., and also belonged to the post of the Grand Army of the Republic at that place, thus keeping in touch with his comrades in arms. His religious faith found expression in his membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which his widow also belongs. He was successful as an agriculturist and as a citizen manifested a praiseworthy interest in everything relating to the public welfare, while in all relations of life he adhered to high standards of manhood. His demise, which occurred on the 1st of February, 1913, was the occasion of deep and sincere mourning, and his memory is still cherished by many friends. He was laid to rest in the North Sumner cemetery.
ROBERT C. BROWN
Robert C. Brown, who owns and operates three hundred and sixty-seven acres of land in Lincoln Township, is a native of Ohio. He was born on the 17th of December, 1846, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth Brown, both natives of Ireland. On emigrating to America in the early ‘40s the parents located in Ohio, whence about a decade later they removed to Iowa County, Iowa. They
settled upon a farm in the county and both were living there when called to their reward. All of their five children survive.
Robert C. Brown received a common-school education and remained with his parents until he was twenty-seven years of age. On starting out for himself he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 2, Lincoln Township, and from time to time he has improved that property. He has erected a number of buildings, which are commodious and well designed for their purpose, and gives much thought to the proper housing of his stock. He raises and feeds many head annually and finds that occupation very profitable. He has purchased additional land and now owns three hundred and sixty-seven acres, from which he derives an excellent income.
Mr. Brown was married in 1886 to Miss Nettie Davis, whose birth occurred in Johnson County, Iowa. Her parents, Thomas and Mary (Williams) Davis, were both born in England but in the early ‘50s emigrated to America and located in Johnson County, Iowa. Subsequently they took up their abode in this county, where they still reside. Eight of their nine children are living. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have become the parents of five children, namely: Mary and Estella, deceased; and Henry, Grant and John at home.
Mr. Brown is a republican and is serving his district as school director. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church and he is identified with the Knights of Labor. He is one of the substantial men of his locality and takes an added pride in his success because it has been gained by his own industry and sound judgment.
WESLEY C. JIRICEK
Among the prosperous farmers of Hartford Township is Wesley C. Jiricek, who was born in Bohemia, Austria, on the 3d of May, 1867. His parents, Wesley and Mary (Klema) Jiricek, were also natives of that country and remained there until 1875, when they emigrated with their family to America. They located upon a farm in Tama County, Iowa, and there the father passed away August 13, 1876. Subsequently the mother became a resident of Iowa County and died here August 7, 1911. They were the parents of five children: Mary and John, deceased; Frank, of this county; Katherine, the wife of Albert Mishek, of Toledo, Iowa; and Wesley C.
The last named remained at home until he reached years of maturity and then rented land for two years. In 1894 he bought his present place, which consists of one hundred acres on section 4, Hartford Township, and for two decades he has been engaged in the operation and improvement of his farm. He raises both grain and stock and is meeting with a large measure of success in his chosen occupation.
In 1894 Mr. Jiricek married Miss Lucy Beran, who was born in Poweshiek County, Iowa, of the marriage of Frank and Louisa (Nowotny) Beran, both natives of Bohemia. The parents emigrated to America and became early residents of Poweshiek County, Iowa. The father is still living but the mother is
deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Jiricek have been born four children: Edward C., a graduate of the Victor high school; Alnora, deceased; Roy A. and Mabel May.
Mr. Jiricek is an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party and for several years served ably as school director. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America at Victor, and he and his family are communicants of the Catholic Church. He has given careful attention to his farm work, has been honest and upright in all of his dealings with his fellowmen and has manifested a spirit of consideration for others, all of which has made him highly esteemed and respected by those who know him.
A. A. THOMAS
A. A. Thomas, a retired farmer living in Williamsburg, is interested in the financial life of the community as a stock holder in the Williamsburg Savings Bank and in the Farmers Savings Bank. He was born in Troy Township, this county, on the 20th of December, 1871, a son of Richard W. and Mary (Richards) Thomas, both natives of Oneida County, New York, where they were reared and married. In the ‘60s they came to Iowa, locating in Troy Township, this county, where the father purchased eight acres of land. He subsequently added an adjoining eighty-acre tract and continued to operate his farm until March, 1910, when he retired and removed to Williamsburg. He passed away in July of that year but was survived by his widow until January, 1911.
A. A. Thomas is indebted to the public schools of this county for his education and after putting aside his textbooks remained at home with his father, assisting him with the work of the farm. When the latter removed to Williamsburg, our subject accompanied him and has since resided in this city. He owns a splendid farm in the county and oversees its operation but otherwise is living retired. He is well-to-do and is recognized as one of the substantial men of Williamsburg. He believes in investing in local enterprises and owns stock in both the Williamsburg Savings Bank and in the Farmers Savings Bank.
Mr. Thomas is a member of the Williamsburg Lodge, No. 36, I.O.O.F., and has many friends, not only in that organization, but in the community at large. He has good business ability and manages his financial interests well and while upon the farm proved to be a progressive and efficient agriculturist.
CHARLES WILLIAM GUNZENHAUSER
Charles William Gunzenhauser, a representative and enterprising agriculturist of Iowa County, owns an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Iowa Township, which he has operated continuously since 1900. His birth occurred in Iowa Township, this county, on the 2d of August, 1873, his parents being Peter and Lizzie (Renz) Gunzenhauser, the former now a resident of Williamsburg, Iowa and the latter deceased. Peter Gunzenhauser, a native of Germany, located first in Buffalo, New York, on coming to the United
States but subsequently took up his abode in Iowa county, Iowa, having here long been recognized as a substantial and esteemed citizen. To him and his wife were born seven children, one of whom has passed away.
Charles W. Gunzenhauser attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and when not busy with his textbooks assisted his father in the work of the home farm, thus early gaining knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for crops. In 1900 he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, beginning the operation of a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Iowa township, where he has carried on farming continuously and successfully since. He is a stockholder in the Hilton Lumber & Grain Company and the Iowa Hilton Telephone Company and has won a place among the prosperous and respected citizens of his community.
On the 13th of February, 1899, Mr. Gunzenhauser was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Burgy, daughter of Henry Burgy, of Marengo. They now have six children, namely: Roy, Clarence, Lewis, Edna, Lorene and Carl.
Mr. Gunzenhauser gives his political allegiance to the democracy and has ably served in the capacity of constable, while for five years he has been a school director, holding the latter position at the present time. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church. He has remained in Iowa County from his birth to the present time and the circle of his friends and acquaintances is a wide one.
William Clyde, a retired farmer residing in Ladora, was born in Canada on the 16th of January, 1838, a son of James and Agnes (Marshall) Clyde, both natives of Scotland. They were married in that country and about 1830 crossed the Atlantic to Canada, where they lived for thirty-three years, but in 1863 they removed with their family to this county and settled upon a farm, where both passed away. Four of their six children survive.
William Clyde passed the days of his boyhood in Canada and there attended the public schools. In 1857, when nineteen years of age, he came to Iowa and worked as a farm hand in this county. He was industrious and thrifty and at length saved enough money to enable him to buy a farm in the county. He resided thereon and devoted his energies to its cultivation and improvement until 1904, when he bought property in Ladora and took up his residence there.
In 1867 Mr. Clyde married Miss Katherine E. Stoner, who was born in Ohio of the marriage of John E. and Martha E. (Rosenberger) Stoner. The father was born in Maryland and the mother in Ohio but in 1850 they emigrated to this state and both passed away here. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde became the parents of seven children: Clara C., now the wife of J. N. Wedin; J.W., a resident of Nebraska; Nettie E.[Nettie is crossed out and Nellie is written above it] , who gave her hand in marriage to Orville Hinder, now a resident of Colorado; Christina, the wife of John H. Bale, of this state; Gertrude, who married Sylvester Sherman, of this county; Della, the wife of George V. Fiser, who resides in Ladora; and James E., who died in infancy. Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. William Clyde
Clyde died on the 1st of November, 1914, and was laid to rest in the Ohio cemetery.
Mr. Clyde is a republican and has staunchly supported that party since acquiring the right of franchise. For many years he has held public office, having served as trustee, assessor and school treasurer for thirty consecutive years. Fraternally he is a member of Ladora Lodge, No. 192, I.O.O.F., and his religious faith is that of the Methodist Protestant church, of which he is a member. He has displayed that rugged strength of character and strict honesty that is characteristic of the Scotch race and the name of Clyde is an honored one in Iowa County.
ROBERT E. OWENS
Robert E. Owens was one of the extensive landowners of Iowa County, owning eight hundred and forty acres, his home being in Troy Township. He was born in Anglesea, Wales in 1835, and was one of a family of fifteen children. The only one now living is a brother. D. L. Owens, a resident of Lime Springs, Iowa.
Robert E. Owens spent the period of his minority in his native country and acquired his education in its schools. He came to America when twenty-four years of age and on crossing the Atlantic made his way into the interior of the country, settling first at Racine, Wisconsin, where he remained for several years. In 1866 he came to Iowa County, Iowa, and purchased a large tract of land in Iowa Township, whereon he resided for many years. He most carefully and systematically cultivated the fields and carried on the work of farming and his labors were attended with substantial and most desirable results.
On the 13th of June, 1871, Mr. Owens was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Roberts, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, who was born in 1846, a daughter of Francis and Ella (Pugh) Roberts, both of whom were natives of Wales and spent their last days in Waukesha, Wisconsin. To Mr. and Mrs. Owens were born five children: Hugh R., who was born September 8, 1872 and died September 25, 1914; Mary E., who was born in Iowa County and has passed away; Evan E., who was born in Iowa County, July 29, 1875, and now occupies the old homestead; Robert E. who was born in Iowa County in 1877; and Marion E., the wife of A. I. McCleery, of Oxford, Iowa.
While upon the farm Mr. Owens carefully and wisely directed his business affairs. He was a stock farmer and engaged quite extensively in breeding and raising shorthorn cattle, Hampshire and Duroc Jersey hogs and Shire horses. In all of his farming and stock-raising interests, Mr. Owens displayed sound judgment and keen discrimination and his careful guidance of his interests brought to him a gratifying measure of success so that in 1896, having become the possessor of a handsome competence, he was able to retire from his farm in Iowa township and turn over the active farm work to his son. He afterward lived in Troy Township until his death, which occurred on the 21st of March, 1914, after having suffered a stroke of apoplexy. Mrs. Owens and her son Evan now reside upon the farm property.
By all who knew him, Mr. Owens was considered a man of the highest and most honorable character. He came to America a poor young man, possessing no capital save the determination to win a fortune if it could be accomplished through honorable methods. Persistency and energy enabled him to carry out his purpose and throughout his entire business career he was known as the soul of business honor. His religious faith was indicated in his membership in the Congregational church of Williamsburg and to its teachings he was most loyal. He never deviated from what he believed to be right in a course between himself and his fellowmen, and at his demise he left an example that may well be followed, an example that should serve as a source of inspiration to all who knew him.
HUGH R. OWENS
Hugh R. Owens, one of the most prominent and progressive citizens of Iowa township, was born on the farm where his entire life was spent, September 8, 1872. He was the eldest son of Robert E. and Ellen (Roberts) Owens, whose sketch precedes this. After he had acquired a common-school education he entered the Iowa City Commercial College, from which he graduated in 1893, having completed the course in about half the usual time.
On the 31st of March, 1896, Mr. Owens was married to Miss May Reed of Troy Township, and to this union was born one son, Hugh K. and two daughters, Edith M. and Esther.
From early boyhood Mr. Owens had been accustomed to the work of the farm and the care of the pure bred stock on his father’s place, and on the retirement of his parents to their home near Williamsburg, he and his brother, Evan, at once took up the business of farming and raising shorthorn cattle on the large farm in Iowa township. As a result of their efforts, the firm of Owens Brothers has taken a high place among the breeders of high class pure bred cattle. They have raised and sold shorthorns in large numbers, cattle of their breeding being scattered through the length and breadth of the land. Square dealing has always been their motto, and every consignment from the farm, whether by the carload of the single lot, has borne the same high degree of quality and breeding. The recent sales by Owens Brothers, held at the farm, have been events not only of financial success to themselves, but events of pleasure and enlightenment to the community as well.
The accident which cost Hugh R. Owens his life occurred at Hilton Creek near Marengo, just before daybreak on the morning of September 25, 1914, when alone in his automobile, unwarned of the danger ahead, he plunged to his cruel death into the bridgeless stream. His funeral was held the following Sunday, an immense assemblage of sorrowing friends following his body to its final resting place in Oak Hill cemetery near Williamsburg.
The life of Hugh R. Owens was an inspiration to those about him. His business capacity was truly remarkable. He was a firm believer in keeping up with the times and his farm was equipped with modern machinery and labor-saving devices. He bent his energy to the improvement of his home and the betterment of conditions about him, and though stricken in the high noon of life,
he had accomplished more than the average man does when he reaches the sundown of his days. Throughout his busy life he never lost an opportunity to do a neighborly kindness, or help in time of need. His death is a most deplorable loss to the community, and he went to his God with a clean record of an unselfish and well spent life.
For thirty-eight years Hiram Hartz has resided upon the same farm in Washington Township and the family name is associated with the pioneer history of Iowa. His birth occurred on the 13th of April, 1846, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, of which state his parents, John and Sarah Hartz, were also natives. In April, 1856, the family removed to Iowa, settling in Cedar County, where they remained for nine years. They then removed to Benton County, which was their home for a similar length of time. There were eleven children in the family, namely: Israel K., John, Mathias, George W., Elizabeth, Joseph, Solomon, Augusta, Hiram, Susan and Jennie.
Hiram Hartz has devoted his life to the work of the farm and for the past thirty-eight years has resided upon his present place on section 2, Washington Township. The farm has been at least partly under cultivation for sixty years and is now one of the best improved places in the township. Mr. Hartz has brought it to a high state of cultivation and his labors are rewarded by abundant crops, from the sale of which he receives a good financial return.
On the 15th of March, 1877, Mr. Hartz was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Joseph, a daughter of Mathias and Elizabeth (Schwur) Joseph. The father was a farmer by occupation and was highly esteemed in his locality. His family numbered eight children: Mary Ann, Charles, William, John, Frederick, Emma, Mathias and Martha. To Mr. and Mrs. Hartz have been born nine children, two of whom died in infancy; M.J., who is farming land which he owns; John Frank, also a landowner; Nora, who has passed away; Josephine; Harvey; Frederick R., deceased; Hazel May; Harry R.; and Stella.
Mr. Hartz has been honored by his fellow citizens with election to all of the local offices. He has borne a part in the agricultural development of Iowa County for almost forty years, and he has also been a factor in the civic advancement of his community. He is very widely known throughout the county and those who have been most intimately associated with him are his stanchest friends, which indicates the high principles that have always governed his life.
THOMAS J. McDONALD
Thomas J. McDonald, one of the prominent farmers of Fillmore Township, is connected with public affairs of the county, being a member of the board of supervisors. His birth occurred in Jackson County, Iowa, on the 25th of October, 1862, but his parents, John and Honora (Ryan) McDonald were both born in
Ireland, where they were reared and married. In 1850 they emigrated to the United States and after residing near Elgin, Illinois, for four years, they removed to Jackson County, Iowa, where Mr. McDonald purchased land and concentrated his attention upon farming. Sixteen years later the family came to this county and settled in Sumner Township, where the father became a landowner. He died in 1872, at the age of forty-eight, and was survived for many years by his widow, who died when seventy-six years old in 1907.
Thomas J. McDonald attended the public schools in the acquirement of his education but as he was only ten years of age at the time of his father’s death, he was early compelled to give the greater part of his time to the work of the homestead. He and an older brother operated the farm for a number of years but when our subject was in his twenty-seventh year he was married and soon afterward purchased a farm in Pilot Township, where he resided for about ten years. In 1899 he sold that property and bought two hundred and fifty acres of land in Fillmore Township, which comprises his present home farm. The greater part of the place lies in the North English river bottoms and it is one of the most valuable farms of the county. He is an able and progressive agriculturist and is financially independent.
In 1889 Mr. McDonald married Miss Catherine Griffin, of Washington Township, this county, and they have six children, John M., Martin J., Catherine, Edward, Nora G., and Thomas I., all at home.
Mr. McDonald is an ardent adherent of the Democratic Party and for nine years served as township trustee. In November, 1912, he was elected to the board of county supervisors and is still a member of that body. For the past fourteen years he has been a member of the school board and anything affecting the welfare of the public schools is a matter of vital concern to him. He and his family are communicants of the Catholic Church and do all in their power to promote the spread of its influence. He is a stockholder in the Acme Lumber Company at North English and is one of the representative and substantial men of Iowa County, where he is held in high regard.
THOMAS P. McGIVERN
Starting out in life on his own account when a youth of seventeen years and shouldering the heavy responsibilities of business, proving his worth as the years went on, Thomas P. McGivern gave evidence of his sound judgment and manifestation of his indefatigable energy and is today one of the largest landowners of Iowa county, his record proving what may be accomplished when there is the will to dare and to do and also standing as proof of the fact that success and an honored name may be worn simultaneously. He has important interests not only in land but as a stockman and banker and makes his home at Marengo.
A native of Jackson County, Iowa, Mr. McGivern was born near Preston, June 21, 1867, and is a son of Peter and Margaret (Larkin) McGivern. The father was born in County Armagh, Ireland, where he was reared upon a farm. After attaining his majority he wedded Margaret Larkin, also a native of that locality, and one child was born unto them ere their emigration to the United
States in 1848. They crossed the Atlantic on a sailing vessel and after reaching the American coast made their way to Chicago, which was then a tiny hamlet situated on land that was largely low and swampy. The condition there was such that they felt it unwise to settle at that point and pushed onto Elgin, where the father purchased a small farm. In 1851, he removed to Jackson county, Iowa, and bought land there and in 1868 he came to Iowa County, purchasing land in Marengo township three and one-half miles south of the town of Marengo. This was raw prairie which he at once began to develop and improve with characteristic energy and determination. Upon that place he remained until his death, which occurred September 14, 1881, when he was fifty-five years of age. He had met with a fair measure of success in his undertakings, becoming the owner of two hundred and forty acres of good land, well improved. He had also reared a large family and had given them a good start in life. His widow survived him for some time, passing away when about seventy-five years of age. They were communicants of the Catholic Church. In their family were nine children: Francis, now a prosperous banker of Fremont, Nebraska; Michael, a retired farmer and stock-raiser living at Davenport, Iowa; Arthur A. a retired farmer of Marengo; F. H. who has also put aside the cares of farm life and makes him home in Davenport; Alice, who became the wife of James Colman and died at the age of twenty-three years, leaving two children; Mary, the wife of Ed McDonald, who is living retired at Cedar Rapids; Peter, who is engaged in the automobile business in Davenport; James J., a Christian Brother, in the Philippine Islands; and Thomas P.
The last named was but nine months old when the family arrived in Iowa county. He was educated in the district schools and spent his youth upon the home farm. He was but fourteen years of age when his father died and when he was seventeen his mother gave him his time, after which he and his brother Peter rented the home farm and began feeding and dealing in livestock, in which they met with excellent success. Although only a boy in years, Thomas P. McGivern proved himself an excellent judge of stock and a natural trader and dealer and the brothers were very successful. The partnership between them continued for four years, at the end of which time Thomas P. McGivern purchased the interest of his brother in their livestock. He has continued to engage in the livestock business and operated his farms until the 1st of March, 1912, when he rented his feeding farms, only retaining about three hundred acres for pasture. He became a dealer in South Dakota land and realized between twenty-five and thirty thousand dollars on his investments there. From time to time he purchased Iowa property and he is now one of the largest landowners of Iowa County. He has bought and sold considerable property in this state and his holdings altogether embrace fourteen hundred and thirty-five acres, of which a thousand acres is in one body two miles northeast of Marengo. His realty possessions are the visible evidence of his life of well directed energy, thrift and enterprise. His only inheritance amounted to about twenty-five hundred dollars from his father’s estate. Aside from this all that he possesses has been acquired through his own efforts and labor and in all of his business dealings he displays keen sagacity and sound judgment. Aside from his business activities in real estate and his farming and stock-raising interests, he became one of the organizers and first directors of the Peoples Savings Bank of Marengo and later was elected
vice president, which position he still fills. He is likewise the president of the Marengo Gas Company and it is characteristic of him that whatever he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion.
In 1891 Mr. McGivern was united in marriage to Miss Mamie E. Flanagan, a native of Iowa County and a daughter of Fergus L. and Amy (Magahy) Flanagan. The children of this marriage are eight in number: Amy Marie, who was educated in St. Joseph’s College of Dubuque, Iowa; Ethel, who was graduated from the Cedar Rapids Business College and is now stenographer to the secretary of Iowa State College at Ames; and Florence, Helen, Thomas, Fergus, Carroll, and Mark, all at home.
Mr. and Mrs. McGivern are communicants of the Catholic Church and in that faith have reared their family. In his political views Mr. McGivern is a democrat but has never cared for public office. On the contrary, he has preferred to concentrate his attention and energies upon his business affairs and through the careful handling of his interests he has won the substantial success which is now his and which places him among the prominent residents of his county. He owns and occupies an attractive home in Marengo and therefrom superintends his investments and his livestock interests.
JOHN S. BROWN
John S. Brown, who is farming successfully on section 14, Washington township, was born in Miami County, Ohio, on the 4th of November, 1853, a son of Isaac and Anna (Delzell) Brown, being one of a family of eleven children, but two of whom survive, our subject and a brother, Stewart C. The parents, who were natives of Camden, New Jersey, removed to Ohio, where they resided for some time, but in the fall of 1856 came with their family to Iowa and took up their residence in Iowa County.
John S. Brown has devoted his life to farm work and has never had reason to regret his choice of an occupation as he has gained a competence and has found the work congenial. He owns two hundred acres of excellent land on section 14, Washington Township, and follows general farming and stock-raising, finding that method of procedure more lucrative than specializing in one phase of agriculture. He is energetic, progressive and foresighted and ranks among the most efficient farmers of his township.
Mr. Brown married Mrs. Jennie Young, widow of David Young, on the 4th of July, 1879, in Washington Township. Her father, a blacksmith by trade, was a native of West Virginia and her mother was born near Springfield, Ohio, and in that state their marriage occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have become the parents of two children. Leo J., born June 20, 1882, married Miss Belle Beckler and to them four children were born: Lulu Belle; Kenneth Reno, who has passed away; Veda May; and Lester Lee. Lowell D., who was born on the 21st of August, 1889, is farming in connection with his father. The older son, who is a highly educated young man, is also devoting his time to agricultural pursuits. He is much interested in numismatics and has one of the finest collections of coins in the state. By a former husband, Mrs. Brown has four children.
John S. Brown
Minnie, whose birth occurred on the 18th of April 1866, married Harry Harris, by whom she had son, Arthur J. Following the demise of her first husband she became the wife of Charles Sweeney. William married Miss Louisa Shaw and passed away in February 1895, when twenty-five years of age, leaving two children. J.W., of Davenport, Iowa, married Miss Minnie Bagley, by whom he has one child. Charles V., of Cedar Rapids, has been twice married. He first wedded Miss Martha Geerhart, by whom he had two children and his second union was with Miss Inez Knapp.
Mr. Brown is a democrat and takes a good citizen’s interest in affairs relating to local government. He is identified with the Improved Order of Red Men and with the branch of the Woodmen which provides for accident insurance. He is one of the progressive farmers who are adding to the wealth of the county and state and who are upholding the reputation of Iowa as one of the banner agricultural states of the Union. He is not only entitled to honor because of his success as an agriculturist but also because of the high standard of manhood which he upholds. His life has been guided by principles of right and justice and there has never been a question as to the integrity of his dealings. He not only has the respect of all who know him but there are many who are his warm personal friends.
E. F. HOOVER
E.F. Hoover, who is engaged in farming in Cono Township, was born in Urbana, Illinois, on the 30th of July, 1870. His parents, David and Asenath (Williamson) Hoover, were both natives of Ohio. The father, who was a miller by trade, was a grain merchant while living in Mayview, Illinois, and was quite successful in that business. In 1893, he removed to Poweshiek County, Iowa and there passed away on the 1st of April, 1897. His widow survived until May 2, 1901. There were the parents of three sons and a daughter: William Shannon, who died when fifteen years old; C.W., of Everett, Washington; E.F.; and Nettie, who married L. Ambler, a farmer of Cono Township.
E. F. Hoover was reared in Illinois and attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education. Upon starting out on his independent business career he decided to follow the occupation to which he had been reared and for twenty-two years has been engaged in farming. He owns one hundred and thirty-eight and a half acres of good land in Cono Township and his labors are rewarded by good crops annually. He also carries on stock-raising to some extent and derives therefrom a substantial addition to his income.
On the 30th of August, 1899, Mr. Hoover married Miss Bertha Anderson, a daughter of Peter and Louisa (Dickinson) Anderson, of Honey Creek Township. The father is a farm by occupation and has many friends who esteem him for his excellent qualities of character. To Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were born one son and seven daughters: James W., who passed away when forty-three years of age, leaving a widow, Mrs. Minnie Anderson, and six children; Nellie, who married T. W. Wilkinson and has four children; Mary, the wife of Ray Norton and the mother of four children; Anna, who married Dell O. Norton, a brother of
Ray Norton, and who has four children; Daisy, the wife of Ed Torrance, by whom she has two sons; Mrs. Hoover; Grace, who died when four years old; and Effie, who married Victor Walters and has two children.
Mr. Hoover is a republican in politics and takes the interest of a good citizen in everything relating to public advancement. He and his wife attend the Congregational Church and cast their influence on the side of right and progress. His industry and good management have enabled him to gain financial success and his sterling worth of character has won for him the respect of those who have been associated with him.
REV. CHARLES WILLIAM BAUMHOEFENERn the death of the Rev. Charles William Baumhoefener Iowa County lost a citizen whose worth was widely recognized and whose good deeds were manifold. He was for many years minister of the German Lutheran church and long occupied the relation of pastor to St. John’s church in Iowa Township, devoting his life to that work until his labors were ended in death of the 30th of March, 1915, when he heard the call to come up higher. He had left the impress of his individuality and of his high ideals of life upon the lives of many with whom he came in contact. He was born at Glisses, Hanover, Germany, December 17, 1846, a son of Frederick and Sophia (Meyer) Baumhoefener. He was baptized by the Rev. Pocke of the Evangelical Lutheran church and was given the name of William Carl Frederick. He became a pupil in the public schools at the age of six years and when twelve years of age accompanied his parents on their removal to Minden, Wesphalia, where he attended the city schools. He was confirmed at the age of fourteen years and afterward engaged in clerking in a store, being thus employed for four years, at the end of which time he secured a position in a wholesale house in Warburg, Hessen. The year 1866 witnessed his emigration to the new world in company with two cousins, their destination being St. Louis. He did not forget his early religious training in his new home and the sermons preached by the Rev. Buenger and Professor Brauer led him to the determination to become a minister of the gospel. Accordingly, he matriculated in Concordia Seminary at St. Louis and was graduated from that institution with honors with the class of 1868. His first call was to a church at East St. Louis, Illinois, and it was during his residence there that he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Niemann, of Litchfield, Illinois. He left East St. Louis to accept the pastorate of the church at Shell Creek, Nebraska, where he remained for two years, and then took charge of the church at Pebble Creek, Nebraska, where he spent the succeeding seven years of his life in an effort to up build the church and advance the cause of Christianity.
In 1880 Rev. Baumhoefener was called to St. John’s church in Iowa Township, and his remaining days were spent as its pastor, covering a period of thirty-five years. The church had been founded with a membership of thirty-five families. In relation to his work at St. John’s it has been said: “He found a small congregation, but threw his great energy into the work and encouraged his people to remain in the locality. The policy was wisdom itself, and the parent
settlement around St. John’s church gradually extended its boundaries until in later years the congregations of Immanuel’s, York, St. Paul’s, Williamsburg and Trinity at Conroy, became necessary to meet the spiritual demands of the communities that regard old St. John’s as the parent of them all. Rev. Baumhoefener took the liveliest interest in the welfare of all the younger churches, and in the affairs of his own he brought the congregation to a foremost place; it was attached to the Missouri Synod in 1884, and it was through the influence of Rev. Baumhoefener that the Southeastern Iowa Conference was established. For thirty years he was president of the Stutzung Kommission, Iowa district, and for several years he was a director in the Iowa Kinderfreund Gessellshaft.”
To Rev. and Mrs. Baumhoefener were born ten children, of who six survive, four daughters and two sons: Anna, who is conducting a millinery store at Readlyn, Iowa; August, who is now proprietor of a nursery at Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Clara, who is a nurse in Sioux City, Iowa; Laura, the wife of Herman Maas, a minister located at Readlyn, Iowa; Otto, who wedded Mary Furler and is now living at Welcome, Minnesota; and Minnie, the wife of George Sandersfield, who occupies a farm near Welcome, Minnesota.
Again we quote from a contemporary biographer, who said: “The Rev. Baumhoefener was a familiar figure in Iowa and adjoining counties; his long pastorate at St. John’s gave him a wide acquaintance and wherever he was known he was well remembered. He was simple in his tastes and honest in his opinions and true to his convictions. As a pastor he was all that fidelity and care could furnish; he lived with and for his people and in all he took the kindliest interest. Men and women now heads of families were baptized when infants by the good pastor; he officiated at their marriage, and in all their joys and sorrows he was their counsellor and friends. This is the secret of the sorrow that marks his passing, and it will be many years before the name and work of the departed churchman will pass from the minds of the members of St. John’s congregation.”
His funeral was one of the largest ever held in Iowa County, the church being unable to accommodate one-fourth of those who gathered to pay their last tribute of honor and respect. It has been said: “Not the good that comes to us, but the good that comes to the world through us, is the measure of our success,” and judged by this standard, the life record of Rev. Baumhoefener was a most successful one. He brought courage and comfort to the disheartened and the sorrowing, inspiration to the courageous and cheer and hope to all with whom he came in contact, and there was none with whom he was associated but felt the force of his character as a radiating influence for good.
L. C. LEADER
L. C. Leader, who was born in Marengo township on the 26th of October, 1868, is farming near the town of Marengo and is a prosperous and well known agriculturist. A record of his parents, Thomas and Anna (Atkins) Leader, is found on another page of this work.
L. C. Leader received his scholastic education in the common schools and under the instruction of his father was trained in the practical duties of the
agriculturist, so that upon reaching mature years he was well fitted to engage in farming on his own account. He owns one hundred and forty-eight acres of rich land near the town of Marengo and takes great pride in keeping up the appearance of his place. He has made many improvements thereon and has just finished building a residence of ten rooms, which is one of the attractive farm homes of his locality. The good buildings upon the farm and the improved machinery used in the work of cultivating the land and taking care of the crops indicate that Mr. Leader has prospered financially and his continued success is assured, as he is enterprising and progressive. He has devoted his time to farming since 1896, but before that date was for three years the proprietor of a coal yard and elevator in Marengo and for two years was bookkeeper of the Marengo Savings Bank. His business experience has been a benefit to him in the management of his farm, as it has enabled him to more efficiently apply known business principles in solving the financial problems of the agriculturist.
Mr. Leader was married on the 1st of February, 1893 to Miss Bertha Geiger, a daughter of Jacob and Rosa (Kramer) Geiger. Her father was a merchant tailor and was highly esteemed in his community, his demise, which occurred in 1905, being deeply regretted. His widow survives at the age of seventy-three years and still makes her home in Clinton, Iowa. They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters. Mrs. Leader was born in Clinton and has been a lifelong resident of Iowa. To Mr. and Mrs. Leader have been born eight children: Irene, whose birth occurred on the 13 of November 1893; one who died in infancy; Pauline, who was born on the 28th of June 1896; Thomas J., whose birth occurred in June, 1901; Lester, whose natal day was the 2d of July, 1903; Helen, born October 22, 1905; Dorothy, whose birth occurred on the 4th of February, 1907; and James A. born April 15, 1912.
Mr. Leader is a republican and is not indifferent to anything affecting the public welfare, but has never taken an active part in politics, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his agricultural work. For over a half century the Leader family has been prominently identified with the farming and stock-raising interests of Iowa County and our subject is ably carrying on the work begun by his father.
George McLeod is a farmer and stock-raiser living on section 19, Honey Creek Township, not far from Belle Plaine, and because of his business ability and his long residence in this county he deserves representation among its representative citizens. Iowa County claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred within its borders September 21, 1863, his parents being William and Mary (Smith) McLeod. The father was a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the mother was born in England. William McLeod came from Scotland to the new world in 1844, when eighteen years of age, landing at Montreal. He drifted west, however, to Davenport, Iowa, and then came to Iowa County in pioneer times, when the work of development and improvement had scarcely been begun within its borders. He entered eighty acres of land from the
government and this became the nucleus of his homestead. Not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made upon the place when he took possession, but with characteristic energy he began its development, brought his fields to a high state of cultivation and eventually added to his property by extending its boundaries. Before coming to the United States he had formed the acquaintance of Mary Smith, also a native of Scotland, and after becoming established in the new world he returned to the land of hills and heather, was married and then brought his bride to the United States. He died in the year 1884, at the age of fifty-nine years, while his widow survived for almost a quarter of a century, passing away in 1908, at the age of seventy-seven years. They had a family of seven children: Elizabeth, who became the wife of Jacob Knudson; Etta, who married McClelland M. Parr, now deceased; William, who died at the age of thirty-six years, leaving a widow and two children; George, of this review; Arthur, a resident of Iowa Falls, who is married and has six children, five daughters and a son; Hannah, the wife of J. H. Hughes of Williamsburg, by whom she has a daughter; and Mary, who is acting dean at Cornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa.
George McLeod has spent his entire life in Iowa County. He was reared on the old homestead farm and supplemented the education acquired in the district schools by a course of study in Cornell College. When his textbooks were put aside he concentrated his efforts upon farm work, to which he has since given his attention. He is now the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and fifty-five acres situated on section 19, Honey Creek Township. He has become well known as a prominent stockman, making a specialty of horses and shorthorn cattle. He features draft horses, is breeding and raising English Shires and has at the head of his stud a stallion weighing twenty-two hundred pounds. He has thoroughly acquainted himself with every feature of the business of raising high grade stock, knows the best methods of caring for the animals and is meeting with excellent success in his undertakings. He is a man of marked business ability and unfaltering energy and the years have brought him prominence as a successful business man.
Mr. McLeod was married on the 6th of March, 1888, to Miss Nora E. Reed, of Iowa City, a daughter of Robert and Elinor (Kilgrove) Reed, the former a farmer by occupation. In their family were three daughters and four sons. George Everett was born January 15, 1889 and died in infancy. William Maxwell, born February 23, 1891, is a graduate of the veterinary department of the Iowa State College at Ames and is now following his profession. Frances, born June 9, 1893, is the wife of Frank Philp, a farmer residing near Keokuk. Kenneth K., born May 28, 1900; A. Eugene, August 8, 1904; Lois E., July 12, 1907; and Keitha Dell, July 10, 1909, are all at home.
The family attends the Presbyterian Church and are interested in the moral progress of the community. Mr. McLeod has always been a stalwart champion of the cause of education and for fifteen years has served as president of the school board. He stands for advancement along all lines and his progressive spirit is indicated in the excellent appearance of his place. He has a valuable farm and his residence is one of the finest of the county, supplied with all modern equipments and conveniences, including electric lights. This is indicative of the spirit which has characterized Mr. McLeod in all of his relations throughout
his entire life. Laudable ambition has actuated him at every point in his career and the simple weight of his character and ability has carried him forward into prominent connection with the farming and stock-raising interests of his county.
HENRY N. MEYER
Henry N. Meyer is engaged in general farming, having one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land in Lincoln Township. He is among the worthy citizens that Germany has furnished to Iowa County. His birth occurred in the fatherland November 11, 1883, his parents being William and Mary (Brunharst) Meyer. The father was born October 27, 1838, and the mother on the 11th of February, 1839, and they were reared and married in Germany, where they lived until 1893, when they came with their family to the new world and settled upon the farm in Iowa county on which their son Henry now lives. In their family were six children: John, who lives on a farm adjoining the old homestead; Mary, who is the wife of Albert Bringmann and resides in Germany; Katie, who passed away in 1910; William, who lives on a farm adjoining the old home property; Susie, who gave her hand in marriage to Ernest Timm, an agriculturist of this county; and Henry N., of this review. As previously stated, it was in 1893 that the father came to the United States and on reaching Iowa County he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land upon which he now lives. He later extended the boundaries of his farm by additional purchases and he has also sold portions of his land to his sons, John and William, while to Henry he sold one hundred and twenty acres. There was a small house upon the place when the father took possession of the property, but later he erected the six-room residence which is now standing. He also built a large barn and other outbuildings and improved his property in many ways, converting it into a valuable farm. He was always active in its management and improvement until a year ago, when he turned the responsibility of directing and improving the property over to his son Henry, with whom he now makes his home.
Henry N. Meyer, who was a lad of ten years when brought to this country by his parents, largely acquired his education in the schools of Iowa County. He was reared to farm work and early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. He has never sought to change his occupation but has continued upon the old homestead and a year ago took over the management of the farm, thus relieving his father of further business cares. He purchased one hundred and twenty acres of the place, which now constitutes a valuable farm property to which he has added many modern improvements, while the work of the fields is carried on along most practical and progressive lines.
On the 6th of January 1915, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Stella Rosbeck, of Poweshiek County, Iowa, a daughter of Anton Rosbeck. The father was born in 1866, on shipboard while his parents were crossing the Atlantic to America from Bohemia, and the mother was born in Poweshiek County, Iowa, in 1871. To Mr. and Mrs. Rosbeck have been born seven children,
as follows: Mrs. Stella Meyer and Bertha, Agnes, Anton, Frank, Milo and Katharine, all of who are still at home.
In his political views Mr. Meyer is an earnest republican, believing firmly in the principles of the party and giving to it stalwart support. His religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church and to its teachings he is ever loyal, guiding his life by its principles. He is a man of integrity and honor-qualities which he manifests in every relation of life.
ALBERT F. VOGT
Among the up-to-date and prosperous farmers of Iowa County is Albert F. Vogt, who owns and operates land on sections 4 and 5, Washington Township. He was born on the 14th of March, 1878, in Marengo, of the marriage of Franz A. and Anna (Renz) Vogt. Both of his parents were natives of Germany, but they emigrated to the United States in early life. The father first settled in Iowa City, whence he removed to Marengo. He later became a farmer of Iowa Township and still lives upon the homestead. He is seventy-three years of age and his wife is sixty -four years old. They are the parents of seven living children: George, Philip, Albert F., Henry, Anna, and Edward and Wanda, twins.
Albert F. Vogt was given the usual educational advantages and attended the public schools. He also assisted his father with the work of the farm and since reaching man’s estate has continued to devote his energy to agricultural pursuits. He owns a good farm on sections 4 and 5, Washington township, and in addition to raising the usual grains, breeds Duroc Jersey hogs, finding his stock-raising especially profitable.
Mr. Vogt was married October 16, 1902, to Miss Mary L. Doerzman of Washington Township, a daughter of Michael and Frederika Doerzman. She was fourth in order of birth in a family of five children, the others being: Henry, Anna, William and Ella. By her marriage she has become the mother of two children: Eleanor, who was born on the 3d of September, 1905; and Loyal, who was born in the 28th of March, 1910.
The Democratic Party has in Mr. Vogt a stanch supporter and he has never been remiss in any of the duties of a good citizen. He is identified with the German Lutheran Church and his religious faith is a vital force in his life, as in the teachings of the church are found his standards of conduct. Those who know him value his friendship highly and he is much esteemed in his locality.
Joseph Civis, who is engaged in general farming in Honey Creek township, has occupied his present farm, comprising eighty acres on section 8, for twenty years and the excellent appearance of the place indicates his careful management, his careful methods and his enterprising spirit. He was born in Belle Plaine,
Benton County, May 9, 1870, a son of Joseph and Mary (Nekola) Civis, in whose family were four children, two sons and two daughters. The parents were natives of Austria and there spent their childhood days, coming to the United States after their marriage. It was in 1866 that they crossed the Atlantic and made their way to Iowa, setting in Tama County, where the father followed the occupation of farming. He afterward took up his abode upon a farm in Benton County and remained there remained until his death, which occurred in 1901, when he was sixty-one years of age, the result of a railroad accident. His widow survived him for eleven years, dying in 1912, at the age of seventy-three years. Their children were: Barbara, the wife of Joseph Benda, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by whom she has five children; Joseph; James, of Benton County, who married Miss Rosa Nova and has one son; and Mary, the wife of Ralph Lester, of Belle Plaine, by whom she has two sons.
Joseph Civis, whose name introduces this review, was reared in the usual manner of farm lads, spending the period of his boyhood and youth in his native county, during which time he acquired a good English education in the public schools and at the same time gained a practical knowledge of every phase of farm life through the assistance which he rendered his father in the work of the fields and the care of the stock. He has never desired to follow any other occupation and for twenty years has resided upon the farm on section 8, Honey Creek Township, Iowa County, which is still his place of residence. He has converted this into productive fields, from which he annually gathers good harvests, and he has made many other improvements upon the place which add to its attractiveness and value.
In 1895, Mr. Civis was united in marriage to Miss Katherine A. Bech, who was born in Austria, a daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Urbon) Bech, in whose family were five children. To Mr. and Mrs. Civis have been born three children: Bessie, who was born September 22, 1897, and is the wife of Ernest Bricker; Mildred, born August 4, 1903, and Esther Louise, August 29, 1913. The parents attend the Methodist Episcopal Church and in the community where they live are highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.
In his political views Mr. Civis is a democrat, giving stalwart support to the party and its principles. He is now serving as trustee of Honey Creek Township and was also township clerk for four years. The record which he has made as a public official is indicative of his fidelity to duty and at all times his life measures up to the highest standards of manhood and citizenship.