Jacob J. Bean represents an old and prominent family of Iowa county and is worthily carrying on the family tradition
of industry, efficiency and public spirit. His farm, on section 21, Pilot township, is well improved and from its
operation he derives a good income annually. His birth occurred in that township on the 26th of April, 1859, and
he is a son of Benjamin L. and Catherine (Lortz) Bean, natives respectively of Maine and Germany. When a young
woman the mother emigrated to the United States with her parents, two brothers and two sisters, and the family
located in Pilot township, Iowa county, in 1854, her father, Jacob Lortz, purchasing one hundred and sixty acres
of government land on section 27, for which he paid the usual price of a dollar and a quarter per acre. That homestead
is still in the possession of the Lortz family and is now operated by a great grandson of Jacob Lortz.
Benjamin L. Bean arrived in Iowa City, in 1853 and for two years drove a stage from that city to Newton, but in
1855 he located on a farm on section 28, Pilot township, Iowa county, which he cultivated for many years. He became
in time the owner of four hundred acres of land in Pilot township and was recognized as a well to do and able agriculturist.
He fought in the Civil war as a member of Company G, Fourth Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, enlisting on the
15th of April, 1864, and received his honorable discharge on the 24th of July, 1865. He was with Sherman on his
memorable march to the sea and never faltered in the discharge of his duty. He passed away on the 28th of November,
1891, when sixty five years of age, his birth having occurred on the 13th of June, 1826. His wife died in 1897,
when sixty seven years old.
Jacob J. Bean received his education in the district schools and under the instruction of his father gained much
valuable knowledge concerning farm work. He continued to assist with the operation of the homestead until 1889,
when he was married and removed to his present farm, which he had acquired some three years previously. He is energetic
and seldom fails to perform the work of plowing, planting and harvesting at the most advantageous time and his
labors yield him a good financial return. As he manages his affairs well his capital is steadily increasing and
all who know him consider him a good business man as well as an efficient fanner.
On the 4th of September, 1889, Mr. Bean married Miss Margaret Lortz, a daughter of the late George Lortz, who was
one of the prominent farmers of Pilot township and an ex county commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Bean have become the
parents of five children: L. C., a farmer residing in English township; R. G., deceased; and George B., Ardis A.
and Bessie D., all at home.
Mr. Bean is a democrat in his political allegiance and has served as a member of the township board of trustees
and as school director° f or several years. He holds membership in both the Modern Woodmen of America and the
Mystic Workers of the World and is popular in both organizations. He and his family belong to the Methodist Protestant
church and are always willing to do their share in advancing its best interests. He owns stock in the Farmers Savings
Bank of Williamsburg and takes much interest in the commercial expansion and development of Iowa county.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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