For thirty eight years Hiram Hartz has resided upon the same farm in Washington township and the family name is
associated with the pioneer history. of Iowa. His birth occurred on the 13th of April, 1846, in Berks county, Pennsylvania,
of which state his parents, John and Sarah Hartz, were also natives. In April, 1856, the family removed to Iowa,
settling in Cedar county, where they remained for nine years. They then removed to Benton county, which was their
home for a similar length of time. There were eleven children in the family, namely: Israel K., John, Mathias,
George W., Elizabeth, Joseph, Solomon, Augusta, Hiram, Susan and Jennie.
Hiram Hartz has devoted his life to the work of the farm and for the past thirty eight years has resided upon his
present place on section 2, Washington township. The farm has been at least partly under cultivation for sixty
years and is now one of the best improved places in the township. Mr. Hartz has brought it to a high state of cultivation
and his labors are rewarded by abundant crops, from the sale of which he receives a good financial return.
On the 15th of March, 1877, Mr. Hartz was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Joseph, a daughter of Mathias and
Elizabeth (Schwur) Joseph. The father was a farmer by occupation and was highly esteemed in his locality. His family
numbered eight children: Mary Ann, Charles, William, John, Frederick, Emma, Mathias and Martha. To Mr. and Mrs.
Hartz halve been born nine children, two of whom died in infancy: M. J., who is farming land which he owns; John
Frank, also a landowner; Nora, who has passed away; Josephine; Harvey; Frederick R., deceased; Hazel May; Harry
R.; and Stella.
Mr. Hartz has been honored by his fellow citizens with election to all of the local offices. He has borne a part
in the agricultural development of Iowa county for almost forty years, and he has also been a factor in the civic
advancement of his community. He is very widely known throughout the county and those who have been most intimately
associated with him are his stanchest friends, which indicates the high principles that have always governed his
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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