William H. Hermann, the owner of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 28, Newton township, was born
in Dubuque county, Iowa, in March, 1869. His parents were Phillip and Anna (Launspach) Hermann, both of whom were
natives of Germany, the former born in Hesse-Darmstadt on the 15th of June, 1829. Phillip Hermann emigrated to
the United States in an early day, locating in Pennsylvania, and in that state worked in the coal mines for some
time. He afterward removed to Dubuque county, Iowa, where he purchased and improved a tract of land which he cultivated.
He then came to Buchanan county and bought and developed property in Newton township, where he carried on agricultural
pursuits for many years. After disposing of that place he made his way to Louisiana but at the end of two years'
residence in that state returned to Iowa, taking up his abode in Iowa City, Johnson county, where he spent the
remainder of his life. His demise occurred on the 16th of April, 1902, while his wife was called to her final rest
in the year 1889.
William H. Hermann was reared and educated in Dubuque and Buchanan counties and completed his studies at Vinton,
in Benton county, Iowa. He remained under the parental roof until twenty three years of age and then started out
as an agriculturist on his own account, cultivating rented land for five years. On the expiration of that period
he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 28, Newton township, improved the place and subsequently
bought a forty acre tract adjoining, so that his farm now embraces one hundred and sixty acres. He raises both
grain and stock, making a specialty of high grade Durham cattle, and in both branches of his business has met with
gratifying success. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Elevator Company of Walker, Iowa, and the Farmers Land Company
of Waterloo, this state.
In March, 1893, Mr. Hermann was united in marriage to Miss Anna Reece, a daughter of David and Anna (Connor) Reece,
who were natives of Ohio and New Jersey respectively. In 1851 the father took up his abode in Linn county, Iowa,
where he secured a tract of government land which he cultivated throughout the remainder of his life. He passed
away in January, 1914, and his wife died the following day, so that the remains of both were interred in the same
grave. Mr. and Mrs. Hermann have five children, as follows: Carl E., who is nineteen years of age; Claude I., a
youth of seventeen; Norval C., who is fourteen years old; and Nellie V. and Elma P., who are twelve and six years
of age respectively.
Mr. Hermann gives his political allegiance to the republican party and now holds the office of trustee, having
served in that capacity for four years. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
and the Modern Brotherhood of America at Troy Mills, Iowa, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership
in the Methodist church. He is a man of high purpose and honorable principles, and during the long period of his
residence in Buchanan county has won a large circle of warm friends who hold him in high esteem and regard.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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