Fred C. Heitman, who owns and operates a quarter section of good land in Sumner township, is a native of Rock
Island county, Illinois, and was born on the 9th of December, 1872. His parents, James and Katherine (Kelting)
Heitman, were both natives of Germany but in 1866 left the fatherland and emigrated to America. They made their
way westward and both located in Illinois, where their marriage was solemnized. In 1873 they took up their residence
in Iowa county, Iowa, and here the mother passed away. The father survives and is well known and highly esteemed
in this county. They were the parents of ten children, of whom eight are still living.
Fred C. Heitman remained with his parents until he attained his majority and then found work upon a farm, continuing
as a hired hand for three years. At the end of that time he was married and began operating rented land. He carefully
saved his money and after five years was enabled to purchase one hundred and twenty acres of land three miles south
of Marengo. He lived there for a year, after which he sold that property and purchased the quarter section upon
which he now resides. He has made many improvements upon the place and has the land in a high state of cultivation.
He specializes, however, in raising and feeding stock and, as he breeds a good grade and understands the importance
of proper shelter and feeding, his stock brings a good price upon the market.
Mr. Heitman married Miss Margaret Tromershauser, who was born in Germany and accompanied her parents to America
when eleven years of age. Her mother died in 1905, but her father is still living at the advanced age of eighty
three years. All of their four children survive. Mr. and Mrs. Heitman have three children: Lillie E., Lawrence
J. and Harold F.
Mr. Heitman is a democrat and has served ably as school director. Both he and his wife are identified with the
German Reformed church, of which he is one of the trustees. For some time he was a director of a local creamery
and he possesses good business judgment. His personal characteristics are such as inspire confidence and respect
and his many friends value highly his good opinion.
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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