M. Giltner, one of Iowa's early Legislators, came to Mont. County
from Monroe County in 1882 to buy land for each of his sons.
M. Giltner, one of his sons, acquired the present Giltner farm in
Pilot Grove Township in 1886. He was married to Bessie Byers in
Albia on April 20, 1886. Following their wedding they came to Red
Oak on the main line of the C. B. & Q., and on to Elliott on the
north branch. They spent nearly 50 years on this farm, moving to Red
Oak just prior to celebrating their 50th Anniversary. After
they retired their son, John D. lived on the farm and operated it.
Giltner's improved the land and built the first frame barn between
Elliott and Grant. It is interesting to note that the sills were
morticed and pegged with wooden pegs. This barn is still in use
John M. and Bessie were parents of 6 children. Josephine Giltner
Horne, deceased; Rebecca (Reba) Giltner Manker, of Delhi, Indiana;
Paul M. Giltner of Mesa Arizona; John D. Giltner, of Red Oak, Iowa;
Frances Giltner Elvidge, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Elizabeth
(Beth) Giltner, deceased.
Three of the children married early Elliott vicinity families. Reba
married Orville Paul Manker, who became a Methodist minister. Paul
married Ruby Westerlund, whose parents, John and Emily lived in
Pilot Grove Township. John D. married Mabel Powell, daughter of O.
J. and Mary Powell of Elliott.
John and Bessie were active in the Pilot Grove Church. John was
Sunday School Superintendent for 25 years. Bessie had the reputation
of being a good Sunday School teacher.
family farm is now owned by John D. Giltner and is operated by his
son, John Giltner, Jr.