Merrill K. Hatter, a successful business man of North English, is the senior partner in the well known firm
of Hatter & Bauer, dealers in clothing and men's furnishings. A native son of Iowa county, he was born in Millersburg
on the loth of January, 1881. A sketch of his father, L. W. Hatter, appears elsewhere in this work.
Merrill K. Hatter remained at home during his boyhood and youth and attended the public schools and the Millersburg
high school in the acquirement of an education. When but sixteen years of age he served as a clerk in a store in
Millersburg belonging to his maternal grandfather, E. K. Rankin and remained in his employ until 1902, when the
business was sold. Mr. Hatter subsequently associated himself with the Welch-Cook Company, a wholesale dry goods
firm of Cedar Rapids. Part of his time was spent in the home office and part upon the road and through his connection
with that firm he learned much concerning dry goods and concerning mercantile business. In 1934 he came to North
English and entered the employ of the clothing house of W. C. Carson & Company, with whom he remained for six
years. At the end of that time he was thoroughly acquainted with the clothing business and decided to establish
himself independently. He later organized the present firm of Hatter & Bauer, his partner being F. F. Bauer,
a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. During the three years that the firm has been in existence it
has gained the respect of the business men of North English and its trade has grown steadily as the people have
come to appreciate its reliable methods and its high grade, up to date stock. Much of the success of the business
has been due to the detailed knowledge of the senior member concerning all of its phases.
In 1910 Mr. Hatter married Miss Rose Bauer, a daughter of Jacob Bauer and a sister of his partner. More detailed
mention of her father will be found in the sketch of F. F. Bauer. Mr. and Mrs. Hatter have two children, Maxine
Ruth and Jessie Rosalyn.
Fraternally Mr. Hatter is connected with Triumph Lodge, No. 231, A. F. & A. M.; Jerusalem Chapter, No. 72,
R. A. M., of Marengo; and Iowa Consistory, No. 2, A. & A. S. R., of Cedar Rapids. Both he and his wife hold
membership in the Order of the Eastern Star and she also belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Hatter
is not only a business man of experience and sound judgment but he is also characterized by energy and alertness
and realizes the value of carrying a stock that is thoroughly up-to-date and having the appointments of the store
attractive and adapted to the display of his goods. The firm of Hatter & Bauer is one of the most progressive
in Nortif English and the large trade which it enjoys is well merited.
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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