For a number of years Adam Beilstein was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Pilot township but in 1914
he removed to Williamsburg, where he is now living retired. He is a native of the Keystone state, born in Armstrong
county on the 1st of February, 1859, a son of Adam and Louisa (Retzlach), both of whom were born in Germany. The
father came to the United States in early manhood and the mother accompanied her parents on their emigration to
this country when she was but a child. Both Mr. and Mrs. Beilstein became residents of Armstrong county, Pennsylvania,
where their marriage occurred. The year 1873 witnessed their migration westward and they located in Pilot township,
this county, where the father bought eighty acres of land. He improved his farm and was residing there at the time
of his death, which occurred when he was fifty three years of age. His wife died when but thirty seven years old.
Adam Beilstein was brought by his parents to this county when a child and his education was that afforded by the
district schools, which he attended when he was not needed to help with the farm work. Although his schooling was
somewhat limited he has always read widely and observed keenly and he is now a man well informed on general topics
of interest and also has that sound practical wisdom that comes only from experience. Following the demise of his
father he and his two sisters continued upon the homestead, which he operated. They owned the place in common until
the sisters were married and then Mr. Beilstein purchased their interests and became sole owner. He continued to
farm until March, 1914, when he turned the place over to his son, Roy A., and removed to Williamsburg, purchasing
a modern residence where he is now living retired. While actively engaged in agricultural pursuits, he was energetic
and enterprising and the various tasks that peculiarly constitute farming were always done at the proper time and
in the most effective way. It was through his hard work and careful management that he was enabled to accumulate
a competency and the leisure which he is now enjoying is well deserved.
On the 16th of February, 1887, Mr. Beilstein married Miss Elizabeth Nash, a daughter of John Nash, one of the pioneer
settlers of Iowa county, who is now living retired in Williamsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Beilstein have three children:
John N., assistant cashier of the Citizens Savings Bank of Williamsburg; Roy A., who is operating the homestead;
and Rosa Gertrude, who is a pupil in the eighth grade.
Mr. Beilstein is a democrat and while living in Pilot township was for two terms assessor. His probity has never
been questioned and his personality is such that he has many loyal friends who hold him in warm regard.
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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