Joseph Elick is a representative of the energetic and progressive farmers who have contributed to such a large
extent in gaining the wealth and prosperity of Iowa county. He operates an excellent farm on section 15, Pilot
township, and is highly respected by all who know him. His birth occurred in Johnson county, Iowa, on the 11th
of January, 1874, and he is a son of John and Nancy Elick, both natives of Bohemia, Austria, whence they emigrated
to the United States in 1873. They first located in Johnson county but subsequently removed to this county. A sketch
of the father appears elsewhere in this work.
Joseph Elick received his education in the district schools and by aiding with the farm work at home gained much
valuable knowledge concerning practical methods of agriculture. He assisted his father until his twenty second
year and then became a farm hand. During one year he operated rented land and following his marriage he purchased
the farm now owned by Albert Hradek. He resided there until 1907, when he sold that place and acquired his present
farm of one hundred and twenty acres, on which he has since resided. He is energetic in all that he does and as
he plans his work well he secures good returns from his labor.
On the 22d of January, 1900, Mr. Elick married Miss Agnes T. Hradek, a daughter of John Hradek, a sketch of whose
life appears elsewhere in this work. To this union have been born six children: Joseph C., Sadie A., Emil A., Emma
A., Albert W. and Evelinea E.
The democratic party has a strong supporter in Mr. Elick and he takes a praiseworthy interest in all public affairs.
Both he and his wife are communicants of the Roman Catholic church and their lives are forces for good in their
community. Both are highly esteemed and have many warm friends.
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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