A quarter section of fine land in Pilot township pays tribute to its owner, John Elick, who is recognized as a
successful agriculturist. He was born in Austria on the 24th of June, 1838, and his parents, Joseph and Katherine
Flick, spent their entire lives in that country.
Our subject was reared and educated in Austria, remaining there until 1874, in which year he crossed the Atlantic
to the new world and made his way to Johnson county, Iowa, where he resided for eleven. years. At the end of that
time he located upon his present farm, on sections 28 and 33, Pilot township, Iowa county, and has since devoted
his energies to its operation. He has erected a number of excellent buildings and has cleared about half of his
holdings of the heavy timber with which the entire place was covered when it came into his possession. He has gained
a competence through his energy and good management and has long been recognized as one of the progressive farmers
of his locality.
In 1867 Mr. Elick was married in Austria to Miss Nancy J. Hekela, also a native of that country. Their eight living
children are: Mary, the wife of William Lacy; John, who is operating the home farm; Joseph, a farmer of Pilot township;
Blanche, the wife of William Fobert; Frances, who married Charles Hradek; Matilda, who gave her hand in marriage
to William Goodman; Louis; and Katherine, the wife of Harry Stettler. They also lost one child.
Mr. Elick is a democrat and has served on the local school board. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist
Protestant church, in the work of which they take a great interest. All who know them entertain for them respect
and goodwill and they are valued residents of their locality.
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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