The pioneer history of Allamakee county would be incomplete were there failure to make prominent reference to William
Hart, who for fifty six years resided within its borders, taking up his residence in Paint Creek township in 1852.
He was then a young man, ambitious and energetic, looking forward to what the future might hold in store for him
as a reward for his industry and determination. A few years after his arrival here he married and established a
home and throughout his remaining days continued a resident of this section of the state.
Mr. Hart was a native of Ireland, his birth having occurred in County Galway. In the year 1849 he crossed the Atlantic
to the new world and after three years spent elsewhere made his way to Allamakee county in 1852, taking up his
abode in Cherry Mount settlement in Paint Creek township. He found here a district largely wild and undeveloped.
Much of the land was still in possession of the government and was covered with the native prairie grasses, starred
with a million wild flowers in the month of June and in mid winter covered with one unbroken dazzling sheet of
snow. Mr. Hart at once took up the arduous labor of developing new land and from that time forward was closely
associated with agricultural interests in this county.
It was on the 1st of November, 1855, that William Hart was united in marriage to Miss Alicia Conway, who was also
a native of Ireland, having been born in County Roscommon. She left the Emerald isle for the purpose of making
her home with a brother who was then living in Paint Creek township, Allamakee county. She continued with him until
her marriage and then went to her husband s home in the Cherry Mount settlement, where their remaining days were
passed. They began with their domestic life in one of the primitive old time log cabins, which stands as a venerable
relic upon the farm which is now the property of their son Hon. William S. Hart. Year
by year the father carefully tilled the fields and cultivated his crops and success rewarded him as time passed
Mr. and Mrs. Hart became the parents of a large family but lost two daughters, Sarah J. and Nellie, in early womanhood.
Their surviving children are: M. J., a resident of Waterville; J. P., who makes his home in Saskatchewan, Canada;
William S.; John J., of Waterville; Mary A., who resides in Success, Saskatchewan; and Mrs. Katie Lloyd, of Linton
township. The death of the mother occurred on the 12th of June, 1897, when she was sixty eight years of age. Her
husband survived her for about eleven years, departing this life on the 1st of April, 1908. He had reached the
venerable age of eighty three years and was one of the oldest residents of the county at the time of his death,
not only in point of longevity but also in length of his connection with this part of the state. His life was a
busy and useful one. There was nothing spectacular in his career but he bore his part in the work of general ichanges
as and lived to see many notable changes as log cabins were replaced by commodious and suprimitiveal frame and
brick residences, as primith farm machinery was supplanted by the modern cultivator, reaper and harvester and as
churches and schools were built, thus developing the intellectual and moral forces of the community.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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