Julius and Martin Dusterhoft, who are carrying on general farming and stock raising on sections 3 and 10, Hartford
township, were born in that township, the former on the 13th of August, 1872, and the latter on the 25th of August,
1876. Their parents, Martin and Rosa (Sibletz) Dusterhoft, were both natives of Germany. The father came to the
United States in early manhood and the mother was brought to this country by her parents when she was a child of
about seven years, the family home being established in Solon, Johnson county, Iowa. After his arrival in this
country Martin Dusterhoft traveled for several years and for two years was engaged in fanning in Johnson county.
He then took up his residence in Iowa county, where he has resided continuously for forty two years. For twenty
years he lived upon a farm of one hundred and seventy acres, which he purchased soon after arriving in this county,
but eventually he sold that place and purchased the farm now owned by his sons, Julius and Martin. In 1902 he retired
from active life and removed to Marengo but at the end of five years took up his residence in Victor, where he
is now living at the advanced age of eighty two years. He still enjoys excellent health, and his vigor of mind
and body is unimpaired. His wife passed away in 1910.
Julius and Martin Dusterhoft received their education in the district schools and from the early age of ten years
Julius worked as a farm hand, as there were five sons in the family and all were not needed on the home farm. Martin
remained under the parental roof and assisted his father. Julius continued to work for others until 1904, when
he formed a partnership with his brother Martin and they assumed the management of the homestead of three hundred
and twenty acres in Hartford township and began cultivating that place as renters. In 1911 they purchased the farm,
Julius buying the quarter section on section to and Martin the one hundred and sixty acres on section 3. The brothers
have been very successful and expect to pay off the indebtedness incurred in buying their land in the next two
or three years. They are considered to be as progressive and efficient farmers as any in Hartford township and
their industry and thorough knowledge of the principles underlying agriculture insure their continued success.
Both Julius and Martin Dusterhoft give their allegiance to the democratic party. Martin is a member of the Modern
Woodmen of America and both he and his brother are communicants of the Roman Catholic church. They are not only
highly esteemed as successful farmers and business men but their public spirit and excellent traits of character
have gained them the warm regard of those who are associated with them.
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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