John D. Heitshusen, living on section 31, Iowa township, where he owns land, is one of the old settlers of the
county. His birth occurred in Oldenburg, Germany, and his parents, John H. and Anna (Kuhlmann) Heitshusen, were
likewise natives of that country. In 1869 they came to the United States and at once made their way to Iowa county,
locating in Marengo township, three and a half miles east of the city of Marengo. The father purchased one hundred
and twenty acres of land, on which there was a log cabin built by the former owner, which structure is still standing.
He devoted the remainder of his active life to the cultivation of his land and is still living at the advanced
age of ninety two years and makes his home with the subject of this review. His wife died when sixty five years
John D. Heitshusen was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the district schools of this
county, as he was but eight years of age when the family emigrated to this state. He remembers the trip across
the ocean and across the United States to Iowa quite vividly and remembers also something of the hardships that
the family endured the first year of their residence in this county. It was a wet season and crops were poor and,
as they had no money and were in a strange land, the family, which numbered father and mother and seven children,
had a hard struggle to live through the winter and to pay off the mortgages on the farm. However, the father was
very industrious and with the assistance of his sons not only cleared his first farm of encumbrance, but also purchased
other land, acquiring title to four hundred acres. Our subject remained at home until his marriage, which occurred
in 1886, but soon afterward purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Iowa township from his father and
he and his bride took up their residence upon that place. At different times he has bought additional land and
now owns three hundred acres, all of which is well improved. He is energetic and thorough in all of his work and
as he is also thrifty his resources are increasing from year to year. He is one of the well to do farmers of Iowa
township and has done not a little toward furthering the agricultural development of his locality.
On the 30th of October, 1886, Mr. Heitshusen married Miss Ellen Tiedjen, a native of Hanover, Germany, who came
to the United States in 1880 in young womanhood. To their union have been born nine children: Anna M., now Mrs.
William Sandersfeld, of Anaheim, California; Henry T., who is farming in Hilton township; John G., assistant cashier
of the Conroy Savings Bank; and Adolph D., William, Martha, Diedrich, Edwin and Elmer, all at home.
Mr. Heitshusen is a republican and gives his loyal support to the candidates of that party. He and his family hold
membership in the German Lutheran church, in whose work they take an active and helpful interest. The greater part
of his life has been spent in this county and he has not only witnessed a great change in conditions here and a
rapid increase in prosperity, but has also thoroughly identified himself with the interests of his community and
aided in many movements that have resulted in the general good.
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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