HERBERT W. GARRETT.
An excellent farm of two hundred and fifty eight acres pay tribute to the agricultural skill of Herbert W. Garrett,
who is a resident of Port Louisa township. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on the 8th of July, 1862, and is
a son of Abel and Elizabeth (Felker) Garrett. The father was a native of England and the mother of Kentucky, in
which state they were married and resided for a time, but afterward came to Iowa. Upon their arrival in this state
they first located in Burlington, coming from there to Wapeilo, where the father passed away in 1894. The mother
is still living at the age of seventy three and makes her home with her son at Laredo, Missouri. Seven children
were born to them: George, who is a resident of Friendship, Wisconsin; Robert, of Laredo, Missouri; Edward of Wapello,
Iowa; Herbert W., our subject; Clarence, of Joplin, Missouri; Frank, deceased; and Julia, of Wapello.
In the acquirement of his education Herbert W. Garrett attended the district schools of Louisa county and when
out of school assisted his father in the cultivation of the farm. When he had obtained such knowledge as he deemed
fitted him for the heavier responsibilities of life he laid aside his text books, devoting his entire attention
to the work of the homestead. He remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority and then began
farming as a renter, being thus employed for several years, during which time he saved enough money to enable him
to buy one hundred and forty nine acres of land on section 18, Port Louisa township, which he continues to cultivate.
Mr. Garrett engages in general farming and stock raising, in both of which ventures he is meeting with success.
He also is an extensive feeder of stock for the market in which way he utilizes all of the grain raised on his
farm. From time to time he has added to his holdings until he now owns two hundred and fifty eight acres of well
improved land, which is under a high state of cultivation.
On the 4th of January, 1884, occurred the marriage of Mr. Garrett and Miss Ella Hicklin, who was born in Brunswick,
Missouri, on the 12th of December, 1859. She is the eldest daughter of William and Catherine (Bullion) Heckling,
who were natives of Kentucky and Illinois respectively. They were married in Missouri, where they continued to
live for a time, and then removed to Salt Lake City, where the mother passed away. Following this the father located
in Wapello, where he lived until his demise in 1893. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hicklin were born two children beside Mrs.
Garrett: Uulu, the wife of M. V. Smith, a resident of Clay Center, Kansas; and Thomas, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Mr. and Mrs. Garrett have had five children, in the order of birth being as follows: Robert, who was born on the
12th of July, 1887 and is still at home; Arthur, born on the 13th of December, 1889, who is married and living
at Laredo, Missouri; Joe, who was born on the 3oth of April, 1892, and is still at home; and William and Walter,
both of whom died in infancy. The three sons have commercial college educations, as have also Mr. and Mrs. Garrett.
The religious views of the family coincide with those of the Christian denomination, with which they are affiliated.
Fraternally Mr. Garrett is identified with the Knights of Pythias through the medium of his membership in the lodge
of Wapello, and politically with the Democratic party. He has never been an office seeker, however, preferring
to devote his entire attention to the development of his private interests, in which he is meeting with very satisfactory
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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