No farmer in Allamakee county has achieved greater success in agricultural pursuits and stock raising than Louis
Mirth, now operating the farm in Lansing township upon which he was born. A spirit of enterprise and progress actuates
him in all that he does and his well directed energies have brought him to a place among the well to do and substantial
men of this community. He was born on the farm where he now resides January 24, 1858, and is a son of Adam and
Margaret Hirth, natives of Germany. The father was born in Baden and in 1853 came to America, settling on a farm
on section 18, Lansing township, in that year. One of the first settlers in that section, he found pioneer conditions
everywhere surrounding him but, undiscouraged by this, turned his attention with characteristic energy to improving
and developing his property. Upon the three hundred and 'twenty acres which he bought he built a log cabin, later
replacing this by a second and more commodious log house. As the years went by he prospered in his undertakings
and upon his death in 1864 was considered one of the most substantial and successful farmers of this vincinity.
He was a member of the German Methodist church and a republican in his political beliefs. He and his wife became
the parents of six children: Mary, who married Adam Decker, of Lansing township; Adam, who lives in Dubuque, Iowa;
Barbara, who married William Wendell, of Lansing township; Annie, a resident of Vancouver island, British Columbia,
and the widow of William May, who was killed in a snow slide; Louis, of this review; and Andrew, who makes his
home in Lansing.
In the district schools of Lansing township Louis Hirth acquired his early education, later attending for one term
a school at Galena, Illinois. His childhood was spent upon the homestead and even before he laid aside his books
he assisted with its operation, later giving his entire time to aiding his mother. When he was twenty one years
of age he and one of his brothers purchased the interests of the other heirs and for several years thereafter conducted
the homestead. Eventually Mr. Birth of this review disposed of his share of tie farm to his brother and went to
Hanover township, where he purchased land. After farming successfully in that section for ten years he returned
to the old home and bought the farm from his brother, now owning the original tract of three hundred and twenty
acres, which has been in possession of his family for sixty years. Upon this he has made substantial improvements,
building a new and attractive residence, a barn and a silo and all the necessary outbuildings. Since the beginning
of his active career he has engaged extensively in the breeding of high grade Percheron horses and keeps registered
stallions and mares. He also raises full blooded Poland China hogs and Aberdeen Angus cattle, his stock raising
interests constituting an important source of his income.
On the 27th of February, 1889, Mr. Hirth was united in marriage to Miss Emma Wild, a native of Allamakee county
and a daughter of George Wild, of French Creek township. Mrs. Hirth passed away December 19, 1911, leaving six
children: Frank, who lives at home; Cora, who recently married Ed Lentz, with whom she makes her home in Minnesota;
and Nora, Flavia, Christina and Kermit, all of whom live at home.
Mr. Hirth is a progressive republican in his political views and is interested in public affairs, keeping himself
always well posted on national and local issues. He is active and able in business, progressive in citizenship
and upright and honorable in all relations of life, a native son whose life record is a credit to the community
in which he was born.
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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